– Yo, it’s ya boy Desus Nice. – And I’m the Kid Mero. And you’re in studio
with Hollywood Reporter. – Ah, ah, ah. (upbeat music) – Guys, welcome to L.A.! – Thanks for having us
– Yeah! – That was so much fun. I
went to your show last night. – Yeah.
– Had a ball? – Yes, I had a ball.
– It felt strong, felt like a good show.
– It was fun. There were a couple of
things that I had to like, Google the next day, like the AKAs. – Right.
– Yep. – And I found this amazing Reddit thread where people break down all of your AKAs. – And what they mean, and everything? – Yes. – Yeah shouts to the Bodega
Hive, they’re fanatic. – Yeah your fans are really, really heavily involved, it’s like, they’re like X-Files fans. They’re breaking everything down. – They’re breaking down
like conspiracy theories. – What do you think they meant
in episode 34, they said this and then in 138 they said that it makes, it all makes sense now. – Yes, referencing episodes, it’s great. I mean, how does that feel? – It’s amazing, man. – It’s one thing to have
the podcast, have the show, but then you have like this
whole third level, like breaks the wall like
this fan base does rabid and anything we put out, any
kind of content they watch it, any shirts, any like, they just. The saying we have is “Die for the Hive”, ’cause the name of the fan
base is the Bodega Hive, and sometimes it feels
like if we asked them to kill themselves they would. But they are fanatic. – [Marya] So they’re
bordering on cult base. – We made a joke like, we had a show and I was mid joke like, “If you’ll die for the
Hive, jump off the balcony!” To the people on the balcony
and then one dude actually stuck his leg and I was like, “No no no no! Don’t do that I
was just joking it was a joke, “it was a joke it’s a comedy show!” (laughing) “Please! I don’t know if we’re insured.” – One of the things that
I noticed in the show is that you’re talking a lot about L.A., you knew a lot about L.A. Are you, do you get
familiar with the local area when you’re doing like a stand up show, or are do you actually love L.A.? – It depends because sometimes,
sadly, when we do tours, we don’t get to see outside of a two block radius of the hotel. We’ll be in Boston like, “Hey, you guys have a Olive Garden?” – Yeah! – “Is that the important
restaurant in Boston?” But we’ve been to L.A. so many times, and we’ve stayed in so many
different places in L.A., and we have friends and family in L.A. Like we actually know
L.A., we go to restaurants, we were walking around like, you know. – And you bump into
people you know and stuff. Well not walking, because
nobody walks in L.A. – But you go to restaurants
and you see famous people, and I ask him, I go, “Who is that?” – I’m like, “That’s Diego Luna.” – “Who?” – Yeah.
– “From Dora the Explorer?” – “No, he’s the, guy in the
movie, he won an award.” – “Who knows?” And then I just walk
up to some Emmy winner and I’m like, “Hey!” – “Hey, how are you?”
– “Hey, what do you do?” “I hope that the film
thing works out for you.” – “Thanks, thanks, appreciate it. “Hi I’m Steven Spielberg by the way. “I directed a bunch of movies.” – I’m like, “Mero, you
know this Judi Dench? “You know her?” – “Oh, yes she’s actually very famous.” – “Should she be on the show
or something, I don’t know.” – “I don’t know let’s call
the booker, let’s find out.” – Do you know Judi Dench is cool ’cause she does swear like a sailor. – Nice.
– Nice. – You should have her on. – That’s the only reason
we have the show is to make famous people swear. We just wanna get like, the most clean cut people on TV, and just get ’em on our
show, and just ruin them. – We made Anderson Cooper drop
a F-bomb I was like, “Yes.” – I was gonna say, Anderson Cooper, he really opened up on your show. – Yeah.
– He loved it. – How did you get him to do that? – You know we’re good friends with Andy, we’ve gone to dinner with Andy, and like Andy was like these guys, like Andy loves us, shout to the homie, and he told Anderson. – He filled him in. – “You gotta come hang with these guys.” And the thing is like, people love hangin’ with us,
and they just get so relaxed. So sometimes we have to tell people like, “Yo, don’t ruin your career. “You’re having a lot
of fun on the show but, “don’t go off the deep
end there are cameras.” – “Please, don’t drink half
a bottle of rum on stage.” – I’d say you guys share, you definitely shsome
qualities with Andy Cohen. – Oh yeah. – So has anybody been pissed off once they’ve been on your show? – No.
– No. – [Marya] No, that’s good. – We’re really nice guys, like, we’re pretty affable guys.
– [Marya] So you’re not like Andy Cohen.
– We’re not like Andy Cohen, and we’ve actually been
on Andy Cohen’s show, like he’ll ask questions and I was like, “I told you that in confidence!” No I mean, that’s Andy’s brand
and that’s what you kind of expect from him and with us it’s like we don’t really do gotcha questions stuff. – It’s like gossip. Andy’s show’s a little more like, gossipy.
– Gossipy, a little messy. – Our thing is more like just our reactions to pop
culture, sports, politics, whatever’s going on in the world. – And generally when we’re sitting there, we’re asking these people
questions, their answers are like, we’re legit asking these questions we have no idea about the answers. So like, we’re not there
to do a got, we’re like, “Yo, what was the first big
purchase you ever made?” “Like we want to know,
’cause we want to make “the same purchase.” – There’s no manipulations there. – Not yet, season three though. – It’s a long con. – Do you feel that the more
episodes you get behind you, the more you kind of
build up a new skill set with the interviews? ‘Cause that’s something that you. – You know we’ve always.
– Didn’t do ads much before. – People always saying that
we do strong interviews because like, I think it’s just that we actually, we’re interested in people, and we want to know and
we ask questions I think regular people on the street want to know. We don’t do the weird promos, “This is your third movie. “What do you think the box
office gross is gonna be?” – “So what was the
process like when you were “sitting in your trailer,
waiting to go on, “like, what do you think about?” – So we don’t do that. And then also we have
the two different types of interviews on the Showtime show. We have the ones outside
the studio at Milk Studios, which are more intimate,
depending on who’s there like those who can really
get into the soul of people, people open up, people talk
about like, really deep stuff. But then you have the in studio ones which is more ruckus, you’re
feeding off the audience. – [Marya] In front of a crowd. – Those are like funny, hilarious. So you know which guest you
interview at which location. And like, Andy and Anderson
that’s definitely in front of the live audience.
– They were made for the live audience. – But if someone who’s
like a little more low-key, like Common, you would
interview them at Milk Studios, and you get a better interview because they’re not
afraid of the audience, or the audience is going to
dictate what they tell you. So the more interviews we’re doing, we’re hitting our stride, we’re
learning how to, you know, ask better questions, you know, not just, “So what do you do?” – “How do you spell your name?” – “You got money?” – “Your name is Don Cheadle
is that one N or two?” – “How much money you
got, gimme some money.” – “Can I borrow like, five dollars?” – “Give me two hundred
dollars, Mero got four kids.” – “Can you buy me lunch?” – But you know it’s just
fun, you know what I mean. It’s like working out like
we’re getting more reps, and the more reps we get like the better and the smoother everything goes. – And from the beginning, like he said, we’ve just been interested in being like, “Who are you?” Like, “Who are you as a person?” You know what I mean, like
forget your achievements and all that stuff, like
that’s cool, hooray, you’ve answered all those questions in the previous 10
interviews on your press run. Now tell us what your favorite drink is. You know what I mean
like, do you fart in bed? You know, things like that? – It reminds me of when we had. – Did you ask that of AOC? – She was like, “No, I do not.” – Well we had Anna Kendrick on our show. We were filming in the Bronx, and before we started filming
she went into a bodega, like she had to go in
there and get something. And this girl was just like, “Yo!” “It’s the cups girl.” That’s all she knew of her. And I feel like that’s
what every interview, we’re those people from the Bronx that don’t know anything about, like, we might know one thing you’ve done, and we’re just like, “Yo, fill us in on the
rest of your career.” – “Put us on.” – It might be a little annoying
if you’re accomplished. But listen, we’re endearing
and we want to know. “So, done any new movies since ’93?” “Really?”
– “Oh wow!” – “Oh wow, I gotta check that out.” – “Wow, okay.”
– “Oh, a whole Emmy? “Wow, good for you!”
– “Since when? “When was that, 2013?” – “Oh wow.” – “Shoot, I ain’t even know.” – Now if you’ve never been to the Bronx, can people still enjoy your show? – Oh yeah, absolutely.
– Absolutely. I always say like, there’s, if you peel back
the layer of like, “New York! “We’re from the Bronx!” Whatever, there’s always
like relatability there. When you’re talking about, like, getting, being annoyed at work, or
like, you know, a commute or like, you know, I complain about my kids doing messed up things, and like there’s always a
human side to everybody. So no matter where you’re from, you can find something
to relate to in the show. – And even if you’ve
never been to the Bronx, if you listen to the podcast
and now you go to the Bronx, like, it’s like when you go on vacation and you’ve actually
researched where you’re going, you have an itinerary, like,
people always DMing us like, “Yo, I’m in front of Yankee Stadium! “Yo, I just had a chopped cheese! “Yo, I’m on East Tremont!” So, you kind of learn, like you don’t have to have
ever been to the Bronx, but if you listen to our podcast enough, you’ll start to know
what the phrases mean. You’re like, “Oh Bay Plaza.” That’s like a mall in the Bronx. You might never go there
but you know the reference, and you can kind of just picture it and then you’re just like, “Yo, this is our Bay Plaza, here.” And, it’s just like, you
realize the Bronx is just, it’s kind of like Sesame Street. It’s just a location, but
everyone has their own Bronx. No matter where they live. So it’s just about matching
the places that we talk about to the places where you live. – Yeah, there’s something
about the podcasting format too that makes people like,
it’s so repetitive, you’re listening to it
while you go to work, so Bay Plaza starts to get in your head. – It’s like osmosis.
– “What’s my Bay Plaza?” – Yeah, you guys remind
me so much of when I used to live in New York and I miss it like, I still think about like
the weird characters, like the guy on the
FDR drive who had like, – The sign
– The signs out. And his little lawn chair,
his little art exhibits. – He’s still out there. – What? He’s still there? – He’s still out there. – I haven’t been back
to New York in 10 years. – He doesn’t take money or anything. He’s still out there and he’s like, artsy and political, but not really. – [Marya] Yeah, artsy,
political, and weird. – But you know, it’s one of those things that you’re on FDR
like, “I hate New York.” And you’ll see it and you’re like, “Whimsical, all right back to it.” – Now, you know, a lot of politicians really
like going on your show, so are there anybody who
we should be expecting? Is there, does anyone
have a standing invitation to come on the show? – As the Democratic
primary continues and like, people are floating to the top, we’ll probably get some
of the bigger ones. The problem is right now
there’s so many people, and it’s just like making that decision, and it’s just like do
you really want to like give camera time to someone who’s like polling at 1%? Like it might be a great interview, but you can do more that. And then also it’s just like, you don’t want the election
campaign to be like, a reality show. Like if these people are
actually running for office, Actually people who
have a chance of winning should get time on the show. So we’re just still
trying to figure it out, but listen, if you’ve got a big name you can come on the show. – That’s right. – We’re gonna wrestle Joe Biden. – I love that. I would vote Joe Biden would be one of those people who would
be invited to your show. – Oh definitely, definitely.
– Yeah, come through, Joe! We could arm wrestle. – Joe, Kamala, Elizabeth Warren. – What if Michelle Obama
said yes to your show, what would you do with her? – Oh man, whatever she wants. – Whatever she wants it’d be
a special five hour episode. We would do everything like, I’d be doing her hair,
we’d be baking pies, do a hand game, playing double dutch. “Girl, whatchu talking ’bout? “Michelle? “Just drinking Chardonnay.” She’s like, “Barry be stressin’ me.” I’m like, “Girl, tell me about it. – “Tell me about it, girl.”
– “Tell me about it, “oh my God. “What time the kids wake
you up this morning?” – “Don’t worry about it,
your hair looks beautiful.” – “Thank you.” – “I gotta take this call, it’s Oprah.” – Now you have writers
working with you on your show. Have they ever pitched anything
to you where you’re like, “Absolutely not, I don’t want to do it.” – It’s never, it’s never absolutely not. It’s just kind of like, this
isn’t really in our voice. And it’s usually, it’s
not a matter of like, “Dude this is terrible. “Change this, change this, change this.” It’s usually just like,
a quick shift like that ’cause all the writers we work with are our friends in real life. And they get that, we
hang out in the office, they get our slang,
they get our mentality, they know what we would say. So they bring stuff and it’s
like, maybe one thing is off, but everything else is perfect. So, there’s never that
disconnect where it’s just like, “Yo, what the hell are you writing?” Like the writers, they write stuff and you can see it right away. It’s like this is a perfect fit for us. – Yeah, it was like a
serious arduous process to pick the writers room. ‘Cause we didn’t want like
a 30-person writing room, we wanted like a small, diverse one. And we literally went through like 300 some odd packets of like people being like, “Hey, I want to be on the show!” And you could tell
immediately, in an interview, you actually listen to us,
you know of us, you’re a fan versus like, I’m just trying to get a gig. And we hired people that are like, we know you’re voice, we’re fans, we’ve been listening since X, Y, Z. And those are the people
that are on the team now. – Have you ever pitched
anything to the writers, or to the producers where they’re like, “I don’t know if we can do that.” – Writers fight club. And they didn’t want to do that. – They were actually down, it’s funny because they were
actually down to do that. Like they have literally
not said no to anything. They were like, “Yeah we’ll do it!” – Just a nervous chuckle in the room like, “I mean, let’s workshop it.” – Are we actually going to
hit each other, for real? – I’m like, “Live ammunition. “Right, you guys are running on a beach, “you’ve got a 30 second head start.’ – You got 30 seconds, doing “”Saving Private
Ryan”” all over again. – Now what is the most deep cut
Bronx reference you’ve made? – Most deep cut Bronx reference. – Do you have some deep
cuts, that you can think of? – Home Boy 2000. That was a jewelry store on
the bottom of Fordham Road that was open in 2000. If you were dating in
the Bronx you would like, whoever you were dating, if you were dating a girl you’d get her, they had like, the initial chains so like, you know if her name was
Michelle it’d be like an M, and Minnie Mouse was
like standing next to her like kinda sexy. And you’d have to put it on layaway and put a little money on it each week. And then come through and give it to them. You could go there and get
your fronts, your gold fronts. So, rest in peace, Home Boy 2000. – We miss you, Home Boy 2000. – A simpler New York. – So you guys have become
guinea pigs on your show, you are trying out weird things. The last thing I saw you guys try out was non-alcoholic hard liquor. – It was not hard, it was hard to drink. – Yeah, it was pretty bad. – It was bad, it was like. – We have some mustard flavored
ice cream here, if you. – I saw that on Twitter and I
was like, “Oh boy here we go.” – In my head I was like, “Oh
we’re gonna do that this week.” But then I was like, “Oh we’re on hiatus.” And then, I was just like, “It doesn’t sound that bad.” That definitely sounds like
a dessert they give you in first class, you’re just like, “You guys eat this?”
– “What?” – You just see some guy in
front of you like, “I love it!” “I’ve been eating mustard
ice cream for 30 years.” – “Yeah, with cranberry
sauce. It’s amazing.” Like, what? – Just put sardines on top of it. – Just stick a hot dog in
it, like, as a garnish. – Alright, I want just one
open invitation from you guys. Who is welcome to come on,
at any time, onto your show? – Oprah. – Absolutely. – Oprah come through, bring that, Oprah, we seen the garden
we know you be growin’. – Oprah, listen, you’ve
seen Andy and Andy, Oprah and Gayle, and ya boys. – Yeah, I know Stedman, I was talking up with him
in Vegas, come on Oprah. We’re not going to disrespect,
won’t call you Auntie, like, it’s gonna be great. – It’s gonna be lit we got
a bridge chair for Stedman, yo come through. – We make collard greens,
whatever you want. – Know what I’m sayin’? – We could watch The Color Purple, and be like, “You were so good in it.” – Yo you killed it, you crushed it. I cried, I really did cry. – I believe it. All right guys, Desus and Mero, thank you
so much for being here. – Thank you, so much fun.
– Thanks for having us. – Desus and Mero on Showtime. – Showtime! – You’re on hiatus, but
you’ll be back in September. – Back in September with
fresh, new L.A. jokes. – Mondays and Thursdays. – That’s right.
– 11 o’ clock. Unless we get arrested leaving L.A., which is, might happen. – Might happen, but it won’t. (whooshing)