Desus and Mero Aren’t Your Parents’ Late-Night Hosts

When Anna Kendrick goes on talk shows, she often gets asked to sing. The Pitch Perfect star has staged mini-musicals with James Corden and broken into show tunes with both Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien.

But when Kendrick appeared on Showtime’s talk show Desus & Mero this week, she didn’t sing. Instead, she joined its eponymous hosts at the strip club. In a romp through the Bronx, Kendrick and the pair threw money inside the club and shot dice outside it, all while discussing baked goods and how to get the best discounts at The Container Store.

In case it wasn’t clear: Desus Nice and the Kid Mero aren’t your parents’ late-night hosts. If other comedians dance right on the edge of the line, the Bronx natives stomp on all over it in their Timberland boots. The pair, born Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez, respectively, has risen to prominence over the last few years through their lightning-quick rapport and encyclopedic knowledge of culture: first on a freewheeling podcast, and then on an equally shaggy talk show on Viceland.

But with their arrival on Showtime, the pair faces their biggest challenge yet: How do they balance their specific sensibilities with their larger aspirations toward cultural saturation? “We always want to get to that Kevin Hart point, where you’re just like, ‘God damn, they’re in this too?’” Desus says.

On the broadcast networks, late night is still dominated by white men. But on cable and streaming, the landscape has been invigorated by a diverse set of comics with hyper-specific worldviews and life experiences, from Samantha Bee to Hasan Minhaj to Busy Philipps. Likewise, Desus and Mero’s proud distinctiveness serves them well in this fractured cultural moment, in which the big tent of entertainment has caved in.

But it’s been a long road for Desus and Mero to arrive at this point. Before they turned to entertainment full-time, Desus, who is Jamaican-American, worked odd jobs around the city, including for a black financial magazine. Mero, who is Dominican-American, was an aide at a public school in the Bronx by day and a music blogger by night. “I remember sitting in an old dusty recliner that probably had bed bugs until 3 in the morning to write a music review for literally $ 50,” Mero says.

The pair connected on Twitter and launched the podcast and web-series Desus Versus Mero in 2013, which they recorded sitting on milk crates. Two years later they started appearing on MTV and began the cult favorite podcast Bodega Boys, an unstructured and virtuosic series of exchanges focused on internet and hip-hop culture. In 2016 they signed on to host a talk show similar to their new one as part of Viceland’s early wave of programming to court millennial audiences.

That daily show brought them wider recognition but ended in an acrimonious departure; the pair still throws barbs at Vice on their podcast, and have talked about feeling “undervalued” by the network. “The rate we were going was not sustainable,” Desus says. “We literally would have just quit.”

When the pair announced their move to Showtime, they were met with raucous enthusiasm but also anxiety that the pair’s most uninhibited impulses and deep dives into black culture would be diluted by the bigger platform. “I’m nervous now about Desus/Mero moving to Showtime,” Questlove, the drummer of the Roots, wrote on Twitter. “I cringe at upgrading in almost every situation.”

When I show him the tweet, Desus responds by flipping Questlove’s own history back at him, citing how the Roots’ progressed from their early classic Do You Want More?!!!??! to 1999’s Things Fall Apart. “I was one of those haters, saying, ‘I miss the old Roots. It’s not stripped down enough,’” Desus says. “But Things Fall Apart is an amazing album—they had Common and actual breakbeats and could clear samples. Artists have to grow.”

For Desus and Mero, growth on their new show includes acting in sketches—including a lacerating parody of Green Book—field pieces, and higher-wattage interviews. Compared with their staff at Viceland, their staff has more than doubled, giving them a writer’s room—a strange luxury for two comics who excel when working by themselves and on the fly.

This writer’s room doesn’t pen typical monologue jokes, though. At a writer’s meeting in March in midtown, there was nary a pun or political joke to be heard; the team instead whizzed through riffs on hipster wrestling, Goyard-themed Nascar teams and the ill-fated Inwood party haunt La Marina. The writers’ jobs are not to write punchlines but mostly to create prompts that spark the duo’s sharpest energies. “It’s so different from other writer’s rooms, because a lot of it is just getting out of their way,” head writer Michael Pielocik, who left his job at The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to join them, says.

So far, the creative and financial upgrades have allowed Desus and Mero to be the most indulgent and raucous versions of themselves. They have thrived in field visits to their home territory, from bantering with bodega owners to writing a song about butts with John Legend. The writer’s room has also delighted in surprising the pair on set with online-born oddities, like a machine that made squashy pancakes that were supposed to resemble their faces.

“If we’re in a cafeteria, all the late-night guys are over there,” Mero says, motioning with his hands, “and we’re over here doing the Clipse beat on the table, throwing sh-t across the room.”

Yet as much as Desus and Mero revel in their outer-edge appeal, they’re also gunning for the center of the cultural world. Mero likens this incarnation of their brand to “lap two of the Daytona 500”; they have a book deal with Random House, will continue hosting comedy tours and hope to eventually host awards shows and act in dramatic films. “Wait until I’m in a Tyler Perry movie doing a wild dramatic role,” Desus says, flipping into high gear: “‘Mamma, we ain’t got the rent!’”

In the present, show is still working through growing pains. Ratings have been soft, and the pair cut down the studio audience after the first show’s large crowd felt too impersonal. They moved interviews offsite and back to their cozy den in hopes of decreasing awkwardness. They’ve also realized the necessity of self-censoring some of the more risqué jokes that would have flown on the podcast, especially since their executives at Showtime have been hands-off: “They give you enough rope that you could hang yourself,” Desus says.

And the pair will have to figure out how to navigate the political world, a requisite in a late night landscape that is dominated by commentary aimed at President Trump. A visit to their old Bronx friend Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s DC office made for warm and engaging television—but a trip to Troy, NY with Kirsten Gillibrand came across more awkwardly; she failed to recognize Desus’s use of the word “banging” when describing food.

“You don’t want to allow yourself to be weaponized for a candidate to pander to people of color,” Desus said.

But while Desus and Mero might not be a finished project, it’s still rife with high-flying, gasp-inducing humor and serves as a blast of fresh air to the late-night landscape. “If you turn your TV on and want Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, that’s there for you,” Desus says. “If you want something a little jarring, a little edgier, a little scary—we’re there.”


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Arianna Huffington Hosts Party for Daughter’s Collaboration With Sarah Flint

ARIANNA GETS HAPPY: Thrive Global founder Arianna Huffington threw a party Wednesday night in honor of her daughter Isabella’s new collaboration with shoe designer Sarah Flint.
The twentysomething Huffington’s art has been shown at Rebecca Minkoff’s Los Angeles gallery and in Ports 1961’s store. Through a collaboration with the travelwear company Summersalt, Huffington will help launch a swimsuit soon. Flint, meanwhile, is using a butterfly print from one of Huffington’s paintings for the new shoes.
Huffington said of her new kicks with Flint, “I love the idea of wearable art. If you make a painting, it’s just for one person. If you make a shoe, it has to be something that a lot of people will love.”
Her “reimagined” portraits of women from the 18th and 19th centuries” were on display in the apartment’s study. Five years out of Yale, the younger Huffingon lives within walking distance of her mother’s SoHo pad, and asks her for advice from time to time. The Thrive founder’s most sound advice is, “A lot of times people think, ‘I’ll be happy if I get this or this, or if this happens or that happens.’ If you’re not happy now, you’re not going to be happy when that happens.

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The Post’s “Mueller Madness” bracket was a hit at the White House — and on late-night TV, where hosts scored laughs by mocking Sarah Huckabee Sanders. President Trump’s spokeswoman tweeted Gotham’s favorite tabloid’s satirical sports-style bracket listing who op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari said “peddled the most nonsensical” collusion theories. “How many times do the Democrats…
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Zendaya Hosts Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Show Featuring All Black Women

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Zendaya brought pure black girl magic to the runway over the weekend for the reveal of her #TOMMYNOW collection for Tommy Hilfiger in Paris. Her models were exclusively all black, but when it came to age she was all-inclusive, recruiting models from ages 18 to 70.

Among the 59 models that strutted during the show include Grace Jones, Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb, Pat Cleveland and Winnie Harlow.

The 22-year-old starlet said she wanted to use this platform to pay homage to the women who paved the way for her.

“I want to make a show inspired by the women who made it possible for me to be in the position where I am now,” she told Elle. “Honestly, I just wanted to say “thank you” to them through this show. I said to Tommy, ‘If we do a show, this is what it needs to be about.’ And Tommy said, ‘Great. Go for it.’ And he actually meant it. I mean, look.

The former Disney star said she was shocked when Hilfiger called her and gave her creative control over the show.

“I didn’t really believe it [was him] at first. Tommy Hilfiger on the phone? And he said, ‘Look, if you do a show with me, you can have whatever you want and do whatever you want. Go nuts. If you have a vision, tell me, and we’ll execute it together.’”

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Browns Hosts Dinner to Mark Fantastic Man’s Book About Men’s Dressing

LIGHT FANTASTIC: What’s the opposite of hi-tech? The new book by Fantastic Man magazine, “What Men Wear and Why.” A soft cover printed on recycled paper, it includes lots of charming interviews with men about how they dress themselves every day. The interviews are long — no social media-sized commentary here — and, crucially, there are no illustrations or images. Readers — refreshingly — are forced to use their mind’s eye.
Browns hosted a cocktail and dinner on Saturday night during Paris Men’s Fashion Week to mark the book’s publication, and its collaboration with Fantastic Man. The retailer has given over the windows of its store on South Molton Street to different quotes and themes from the book. The event took place at Brasserie Vaudeville, across from the Bourse, with guests including Stefano Pilati, Martine Rose, Liam Hodges, Raf Simons, Benjamin Alexander Huseby, Serhat Isik, Lucie and Luke Meier, Charles Jeffrey and Lou Dalton.

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Pilati was looking natty in a white, illustrated Comme des Garcons shirt and a jacket of his own design, part of his newest clothing drop, set for Feb. 7. He said there’s a lot more tailoring in the upcoming delivery, and smiled as

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Judge Napolitano Teaches Basic Civics to Desperate ‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts

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Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News’ longtime senior judicial analyst, appeared on Fox & Friends early Thursday to teach the hosts a basic civics lesson in light of President Trump’s announcement this week that plans to end birthright citizenship through an executive order.

Though hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy appeared eager to find a method to carry out Trump’s proposed policy, Napolitano dashed their hopes with a sit-down worthy of a 7th-grade classroom.

“Look, the president can’t change the plain meaning of the Constitution with the stroke of a pen,” Napolitano said.

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‘The Real’ Hosts Pay Homage to Daytime Talk for Halloween

The ladies of The Real know they’re far from being the first daytime talk show hosts to have viewers glued to their seats, and today they paid homage to four talk show divas who paved the way for their success. Hosts Loni Love, Adrienne Houghton, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Jeannie Mai all dressed up and embodied […]

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‘Today’ show hosts embrace a ‘new chapter’ without Megyn Kelly

The “Today” show is moving past Megyn.

The first episode of the NBC talk show since Megyn Kelly was officially given the boot last week aired Monday with Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker sitting front and center.

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NBC ‘Today’ Hosts Condemn Megyn Kelly’s ‘Ignorant, Racist’ Comments

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If Megyn Kelly thought an apology to staff over her “blackface” comments was going to be adequate, she was proved bitingly wrong on the very show she presents the third hour of on Wednesday morning.

Host Al Roker said: “She owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country,” while news anchor Craig Melvin said Kelly’s comments were “ignorant and racist… stupid and indefensible.”

Kelly didn’t appear in person to answer her colleagues’ criticism, but may speak about the controversy at 9am on her own show.

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Amazon Fashion Hosts First European Pop-up, Showcases Range of Product Selection

SWITCHING OFF: Amazon Fashion has gone off-line with a pop-up store on Baker Street in London to engage with its online customers. The company’s first pop-up store in Europe opened Tuesday and will trade until Saturday, offering a range of in-store events ranging from fashion to fitness.
To excite consumers and keep them coming back, the merchandise will rotate every other day to fit in line with a theme. Everything has been chosen by Amazon Fashion’s in-house stylists.
“We’re always looking for ways to surprise and delight our customers and we wanted to create a different shopping experience that’s both memorable and fun,” said Susan Saideman, vice president of Amazon Fashion Europe.
“On Day Three, we have a curated selection of fitness and ath-leisure brands and products to complement the in-store yoga sessions for that day,” Saideman said. Other events include denim customization by Pepe Jeans, a beauty trend panel on Wednesday night and personal stylists who will be available throughout the week.
The pop-up will house a range of brands including Love Moschino, Calvin Klein, Puma, Levi’s and Vans alongside Amazon’s own labels such as Iris & Lilly, Truth & Fable and Find. They are meant to showcase the site’s “top-to-toe offering.”
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Bulgari Hosts Party to Fete Fiorever

International guests descended upon the sea-horse-shaped island in Dubai, home to the beachside Bulgari Hotel and Resort, to celebrate the unveiling of the jeweler’s newest pillar collection, Fiorever, last weekend.
The hotel’s white sand beach was draped in flowers and sparkling white lights, an homage to the floral collection, whose name is a combination of Italian word “fiore,” or flower in Italian, and forever. Botanical sculptor Azuma Makoto created a large spherical floral sculpture inside a giant box, which opened in a dramatic unveiling of both the collection as well as its new ambassador, Spanish actress Úrsula Corberó. Bulgari chief executive officer Jean-Christophe Babin introduced Corberó and shared a preview of the campaign shot by Mario Sorrenti on the streets of Rome.
Babin said the brand likes to choose ambassadors that are not necessarily already superstars, but up-and-coming names “that speak to the a new generation.”
Fellow Bulgari brand ambassadors Lady Kitty Spencer, Hikari Mori and Nadine Nassib Njeim also flew in to Dubai to celebrate.
Corberó remarked Dubai was the perfect setting for the party. “This collection is all about diamonds, the most luxurious stone, and Dubai is one of the most luxurious places.”

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