Daniel Baker, professionally known as Desus Nice, and Joel Martinez, a.k.a. the Kid Mero, announced earlier this week that they decided to go their separate ways after nearly a decade of building a (strong) brand as the funniest twosome in entertainment. After rumors circulated online that they had gone their own ways, fans took to social media to react to what they viewed as a tremendous loss—with some even comparing the split to other tragic and historical NYC events.
The pair knew of each other from high school, but famously connected years later thanks to their shared connection of being Bronx natives with larger-than-life senses of humor and Twitter expertise. They joined forces on the Complex podcast Desus vs. Mero, a weekly show and web series where they shared their musings on the latest in pop culture news from December 2013 to December 2014. Their chemistry was undeniable. They riffed off of one another with ease, in the way that longtime friends and siblings can, and the took off from there.
They joined MTV’s Guy Code cast in Season 5, and their trajectory continued as they launched the Bodega Boys podcast, landed a show on Viceland titled Desus & Mero, then moved to Showtime. The pair accomplished a ton together throughout their business and creative partnership, bringing endless laughter to their devoted followers through their TV work, talk show appearances, writing, social media, celebrity feuds, and more. They authentically represented New York culture, and in their tenure interviewed notable names (some of them multiple times) including President Barack Obama, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Derek Jeter, Denzel Washington, Chadwick Boseman, Seth Rogen, the Wu-Tang Clan, and ASAP Rocky.
This month Showtime took to social media to confirm the worst: Desus and Mero’s run as a duo is over, and they’re pursuing new endeavors on their own. All good things must come to an end, but Desus Nice and the Kid Mero’s journey together, from Twitter to Complex to late night, was one for the history books. As we look back on their contributions to the culture, check out a full timeline of Desus and Mero’s history together below.