Desus Nice (real name – Daniel Baker) is a Jamaican-American comedian, Twitter personality, YouTube personality, and TV personality who is best known as a co-host of Viceland’s Desus & Mero alongside The Kid Mero.
The Kid Mero (real name – Joel Martinez) is a Dominican-American Twitter personality, music blogger, YouTube personality, voice actor, TV personality, comedian, and writer.
Baker first met Martinez long before Twitter. Desus said:
“Later on, I ran back into him online and we hooked up.”
He was born in The Bronx, New York, USA. Both of his parents were immigrants from Jamaica.
Along with his sister and the other two siblings, Daniel grew up in the Wakefield section of The Bronx. During an interview, he said about his childhood:
”My whole family is really funny, that kind of dark, edgy, hurtful, cutthroat thing.”
Desus later added:
”Dinnertime would be like high school, when you’re walking down the hallway and you just want to get to class because these people gonna roast you.”
Baker earned a degree in literature from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
In 2013, Desus and The Kid Mero connected on Twitter. They launched the podcast that they recorded sitting on milk crates.
In December 2014, MTV announced that Baker and Martinez would be joining the cast of Guy Code (an American reality comedy television series that debuted on November 15, 2011) for season 5.
After building a relationship with MTV and MTV2, they appeared on other shows, including ”Joking Off” and ”Uncommon Sense.”
The Bodega Boys
On September 12, 2015, they released the first episode of The Bodega Boys podcast. Desus said:
“People say, ‘Your show is like overhearing two guys in a bodega.’”
“That’s the feel we want it to have; a couple homeboys chilling. You can’t get enraged when we make some off-the-wall comment — it’s not NPR!”
During another interview, he remembered:
”When we started the show, I had two pairs of sneakers.”
Baker went on to say:
”Cause I worked an office job and all I could wear were dress shoes, which is like a totally different world. And now I easily have over 500 sneakers. I have a sneaker room.”
Desus & Mero
On August 30, 2016, Viceland announced Desus & Mero show. It stood out in a Viceland landscape full of shows about growing weed, eating weed, and smoking weed. The show was produced by Erik Rydholm and developed by Nick Weidenfeld.
The half-hour show premiered on October 17, 2016, and ran Monday-Thursday.
American writer and editor Jazmine Hughes wrote in The New York Times Magazine:
“[I]n a landscape in which black people dominate the culture but have few recognized channels to respond to it, the show, which stars two American black men, provides a venue for black authority in the mainstream.”
In 2018, Mero carried the flag of the Dominican Republic, while Desus held a Jamaican flag. Their audience went wild; however, it was later apparent that the Dominican Republic crowd far outnumbered the Jamaicans in the house.
“That’s ’cause all my good Jamaicans are working right now.”
The show had its finale aired on June 28, 2018.
One interesting fact is that Vice supposedly canceled the show as soon as Baker and Martinez announced their move to Showtime.
“We did not leave Vice, Vice ended our contract. They were in their feelings because we were leaving.”
On February 21, 2019, they started their latest show on Showtime called, Desus & Mero. Desus said:
“It’s a show that comes on at late night. But it’s not a ‘late-night show.’”
At some point, Daniel and Mero realized the necessity of self-censoring some of their jokes, especially the jokes which would have flown on the podcast, particularly since their producers at Showtime have been hands-off. Daniel said:
“They give you enough rope that you could hang yourself.”
In a different interview, he talked about being tired. In his words:
“When we feel tired and don’t want to do it anymore. It’s like, well, what were we doing before this?”
Desus later added:
”Do you want to go back to doing that? The answer is no? Get back in the studio.”
Desus Nice is not married. Also, there is no information about Desus’ girlfriend.
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“Because most people from the Bronx never leave. You stay in a four-block radius around Yankee stadium. But Mero and I have white friends, Asian friends, gay friends, transgender friends – living in New York, that’s the people you’re exposed to.”
“We’re on a runaway plane, but it’s … going to land perfectly. We are the Sullys of cable television. You know what I’m saying? Land in that Hudson.”
“People generally have this idea that if you’re from the Bronx, you’re uncultured.”
“Five years ago, we were searching the couches for a five-dollar bill to get a Dutch, smoke weed, and come up with some stupid plan like ‘If we invent spoons, we’ll get out of the hood.’”
“We had Michael B. Jordan on, and he had done 50,000 interviews talking about ‘Black Panther,’ doing the ‘Wakanda Forever’ thing or whatever.”
“There was no Bronx representation on TV, so people embraced us.”
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He wrote blog posts with titles such as – “Free Verizon Webinar on Offering Leadership Principles for Small-Business Owners” for Black Enterprise (a magazine that focuses on African-American business owners) while simultaneously working at Desus vs. Mero podcast.
His ability to fix his family’s computer when he was young earned him the nickname “Jesus,” that Daniel changed to ”Desus” to reflect his first name.
Desus goes by several aliases on the Bodega Boys Podcast, including:
- Pino Brown;
- Young Day Party;
- The Bronx Celine Dion;
- Eli Litby;
- The Topic of Gossip in Syosset;
- Desus Vice;
- Andrew Coolnanan;
- The Bronx Bloodclot;
- The Jamaican Jackhammer;
- Jamal Hashburn;
- Desus Spicer;
- Jay Chuckles;
- Desus Ex Machina;
- The Ghost of Mufasa;
- Desus H. Fuego;
- Young Hot Take.
These aliases are based on references to hip hop, sports, and pop culture.
In August 2019, Desus and Mero will host the 35th annual TCA Awards.
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Desus Nice – Net Worth
Baker earned most of his wealth from co-hosting The Bodega Boys podcast, Desus & Mero show, and Desus & Mero show on Showtimes. In addition, he also sells merch on his website.
Moreover, Daniel and Martinez have a YouTube channel with over 420,000 subscribers and 211 million views (about $400,000 in revenue). Therefore, comedian Desus Nice has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
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