The pair will bring their talk show over from Viceland next year
Desus & Mero are on the move.
After years of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and CBS’ Stephen Colbert dominating headlines for mixing comedy with politics on their late-night shows, Showtime announced on Monday that it was getting into the game as well with its first-ever late-night talk show, set to launch next year. The show will be hosted by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, who will be bringing their show Desus & Mero over from Viceland.
“We have waited a long time to enter the talk-show space, and we were only going to do it if we felt like we had the next big thing,” Showtime CEO David Nevins said in a statement. “Desus and Mero feel like exactly that: They have knockout comedic voices, they’re brilliant interviewers and they always have a unique take on culture both high and low. They have a loyal and devoted fan base that will only multiply, and we can’t wait to see them take it to the next level on Showtime.”
Both Desus and Mero expressed their own excitement in a statement, with the latter saying, “I’m excited to be joining a network with such a strong foundation and track record of producing fuegooooo and to break new ground with a late-night comedy show!”
On Viceland’s Desus & Mero and their Bodega Boys podcast before that, the two comedians have honed a unique and enjoyable comedic style. EW critic Kristen Baldwin described it thusly during her recent plea for the show to receive Emmy consideration: “What truly makes Desus & Mero special is the hosts’ effortless style, and a format that blends the traditional late-night desk bit with the sharp-witted comedic assault of Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
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