Meet Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, better known as the “Bodega Boys.” The two Bronx natives rose to prominence in 2013 on ComplexTV’s Desus vs. Mero before starting their beloved comedy podcast (they have nearly 13,000 ratings on Apple Podcasts culminating in a 4.9 star overall review). In it, the two share their comedic takes on all things pop culture, create characters with overarching storylines, and share the current gossip that New Yorkers from all boroughs need to know.
Start “Bodega Boys” in any order; there are over 250 episodes for you to choose from. While the two hone in on topical events that were relevant at the time they recorded episodes (which started all the way back in 2015), they’ll have you obsessed no matter what episode you start with.
The two have been capitalizing off of their gut-busting chemistry for quite some time. Of course, they start on Desus vs. Mero, but they also appeared on a number of MTV shows like Guy Code, Uncommon Sense and Joking Off. On the off chance that you still can’t get enough of Desus and Mero, you’re in luck.
You can stream the hosts on 4 seasons of their late-night Showtime talk show, Desus & Mero. They have been joined by some amazing guests from Stacey Abrams, Bill Hader, and Amy Poehler, to Issa Rae, Chadwick Boseman, and Barack Obama.
Recommended to us by Danielle Radford of “Two Sentence Horror Stories: The Official Podcast,” Desus and Mero’s podcast has earned an immense following. The two talk music, sports, movies, viral videos, swap high school stories and nearly-missed flights, crypto, a splash of politics, documentaries, and so much more. And what they love to talk about most of all is New York City; both were born to immigrant parents and raised mainly in the Bronx (but also in and around other boroughs). Both also worked different jobs before rising to the top of the comedy world: Mero was a music columnist for Vice and Desus a small business columnist for Black Enterprise.
The two bounce off of one another with ease, improvising for much of their 75-90 minute episodes. It’s easy to hear that they’ve been working together for nearly a decade – working with each other comes second nature to them. “Bodega Boys” is just them flexing their comedic chops on all of us, and we definitely hope they’ll be back soon. Witty, funny, entertaining, and a must-listen for any New Yorker, “Bodega Boys” is a gold mine. Filled with wild sound effects, the occasional celebrity impression, they’ve definitely left us wanting even more. Until then, we’ll just have to enjoy the hours upon hours of content they’ve made for us.