Showtime Gambled On ‘Desus & Mero’ And So Far They’re Winning

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
Desus & Mero
Desus Nice, left, and The Kid Mero, hosts of the Showtime talk show “Desus & Romero,” pose together for a portrait during the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

There’s a new late-night talk show in town and it’s making waves with audiences. On Feb. 21, Showtime made its first foray into the late-night talk show arena, debuting the new version of “Desus & Mero” featuring the Bronx duo, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero of former Viceland fame.

Real names Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez, the native New Yorkers, also known as The Bodega Boys, are staying true to form and doing late-night TV their way. Instead of tailored suits and polished dress shoes, they sport comfortable hoodies, snapbacks and sneakers. Instead of comedic monologues, they deliver off-the-cuff jokes and dozens.

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Mero told Variety, they’re happy with their new network because Showtime allows them to be authentic. Desus told NPR their show is “late-night for the people” because it gives people of color a chance to see themselves reflected in it. That reflection is resonating.

In late 2018, Nancy Dubuc, the new CEO of Vice Media, didn’t seem to have much faith in the future of the “Desus & Mero” show, whose departure to Showtime was a blow to the brand.

“They’re going to a platform that their audience doesn’t pay for,” Dubuc told Elle contributor Carrie Battan. “I told them, ‘You can always come back.’”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the first Showtime episode was viewed by over a million people. It featured popular political newbie Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The second episode featured renowned actor Don Cheadle.

Showtime has placed the first episode on YouTube for viewers to see. The show airs Thursdays at 11 p.m. on Showtime.

About Isheka N. Harrison

Isheka N. Harrison is an experienced writer, editor, educator, media and communications professional who thoroughly enjoys telling people’s stories. A former editor of the South Florida Times, Isheka has been featured as a speaker for New Florida Majority’s “Black Women in Media” Panel for Women’s History Month, served as a judge for JM Lexus’ 2018 African American Achievers Awards and named one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. A native of Miami, Isheka's work has appeared in notable local and national media outlets including: ESSENCE Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Miami Times and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. Isheka is also a member of several para-professional organizations including the Black Professionals Network (BPN), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) South Florida and ColorComm. To learn more about her story, you can connect with Isheka on LinkedIn at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ishekah. To pitch her any tips or ideas for articles, email her at