Late-night television hasn’t changed a great deal since Johnny Carson
took over The Tonight Show
nearly 60 years ago. There’s been the odd exception, such as Arsenio Hall
’s syndicated show finding a young audience and bringing Bill Clinton
’s saxophone licks to the country, or Joan Rivers
briefly interloping on Fox. However, it’s largely been the preserve of middle-aged white men, wearing suits, joking about the events of the day with a few celebrity guests and sketches thrown in.
Enter Desus & Mero, and more recently their protégée Ziwe.Desus & Mero
, otherwise known as Desus Nice
and The Kid Mero
(or Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez
), have brought a louder, more youth-skewing, social media-friendly take to the genre, a gonzo, weed-smoking sensibility with fresh kicks.
First breaking through via online brand Complex
and their Bodega Boys podcast, before scoring a series on Viceland
, which ran for over