My Brother, My Brother and Me

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My Brother, My Brother and Me
My Brother, My Brother and Me logo.jpg
Presentation
Hosted by Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy
Genre Comedy, Advice
Language English
Updates Once per week
Length About an hour
Production
Opening theme "Take a Chance on Me" by ABBA (episodes 1–37)
"(It's A) Departure" by The Long Winters (episodes 38-present)
Ending theme "Root to This" by Fear of Pop (episodes 1–28)
"Play Your Part (Pt. 2)" by Girl Talk (episodes 29–124)
"(It's A) Departure" by The Long Winters (episodes 125–present)
No. of episodes 406
Publication
Original release April 12, 2010 – present
Provider Maximum Fun
Website maximumfun.org/shows/my-brother-my-brother-and-me

My Brother, My Brother and Me (often abbreviated as MBMBaM, pronounced /məˈbɪmbæm/ (About this sound listen)) is a weekly comedy advice podcast distributed by the Maximum Fun network and hosted by brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy. Regular episodes of the podcast feature the brothers comedically providing answers to questions either submitted by listeners or found on the Yahoo! Answers service.

The show was independently produced and released by the McElroy brothers from April 2010 until it joined the Maximum Fun network of podcasts in January 2011;[1] in 2010, the show was consistently listed among the top 10 comedy podcasts on iTunes.[2] Writing for The A.V. Club, critics David Anthony and Colin Griffith both counted MBMBaM as one of their top 10 podcasts of 2012.[3] A TV series based on the podcast premiered on Seeso in February 2017, and is currently hosted on VRV.

Format[edit]

Each week the McElroy brothers alternate between answering questions that have been directly submitted by listeners and questions that listeners have found on Yahoo! Answers. The second type of question is usually referred to by the brothers as a "Yahoo." Both kinds of questions will usually prompt the hosts into long humorous discussions.[2]

Advertisements from corporate sponsors and paid messages from listeners are read by the hosts on air during a segment called "The Money Zone."[4] Recurring segments feature intermittently, these include "Munch Squad", where Justin recites and ridicules press releases from fast food companies about new products; "Haunted Doll Watch", featuring eBay listings of apparently haunted, possessed, or cursed dolls; "Movie Watch", where the brothers discuss incorrect, inaccurate, and often unrelated plot points in currently screening films; and "Sad Libs", in which Travis creates tragic stories with blank spaces and completes them with nonsensical words.

Episodes of the show are occasionally performed and recorded in front of live audiences at venues in cities such as Los Angeles, New York City and Huntington; the format remains the same, including recurring segments such as Munch Squad, with the addition of a section where the brothers take questions from the audience.[5] A special episode called "The Adventure Zone" was released on August 18, 2014, shortly after Justin and his wife Sydnee had a baby, it featured the brothers playing a game of Dungeons & Dragons with their father, Clint.[6] The Adventure Zone was later spun off into its own podcast on the Maximum Fun network.[7]

"(It's a) Departure" by John Roderick & The Long Winters (from the album Putting the Days to Bed) has served as the primary theme song for My Brother, My Brother and Me since the show joined the Maximum Fun network on January 17, 2011.[4] Prior to this, the show's theme song was "Take a Chance on Me" by ABBA, while "Root to This" by Fear of Pop and later "Play Your Part (Pt. 2)" by Girl Talk was used as a closing theme.[1]

TV show[edit]

A television series based on the podcast was ordered for NBC's Seeso video streaming platform. Filming took place for three weeks during September 2016 in the McElroys' hometown of Huntington, West Virginia, with most of the episodes featuring scenes with mayor Stephen T. Williams. "(It's a) Departure" by John Roderick and the Long Winters was retained as the theme song for the television series. The show's first season ran for six episodes, all of which were released via Seeso on February 23, 2017.[8][9]

In June 2017, the series was sold to Otter Media for its streaming service VRV, alongside other former Seeso programs including HarmonQuest.[10][11]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Dorms & Ghoulsmashing" February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)

A viewer asks for help living with several supposedly-haunted items owned by their roommate, leading the McElroys to call on a pair of paranormal investigators and recreate the scenario by filling a dorm room with as many scary objects as possible, including a haunted clown doll purchased by Justin.

Guest Stars: Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott of Property Brothers
2 "Resumes & Jamiroquai's Dad" February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
To help a viewer looking to improve his résumé, the McElroys take on as many jobs in a short period as possible, including a minute-long honorary mayorship and a brief period in charge of Safety Town. To prove their methods, Griffin tries to reapply for a job he was dismissed from in his youth, with his brothers also applying for the same position.
3 "Tarantulas & Travis Did a Hit" February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
When a viewer asks the McElroys to convince his wife to let him have a pet tarantula, Travis must confront his arachnophobia as the brothers attempt to improve the reputation of tarantulas via a rebranding, an improved social media presence, and a pro-spider parade.
4 "Teens & Your Least Favorite Soda" February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)

To help a teacher better understand how to maintain her students' interests in class, the McElroys attempt to understand teenagers better by giving themselves "teen names" and practicing trends like dabbing and water bottle flipping. Aided by Justin's teenage sister-in-law Rileigh and her classmates, each brother attempts a different teaching style to connect with the teens.

Guest Stars: John Green and Hank Green of Vlogbrothers.
5 "Secret Societies & Apologies to Nathan" February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
A viewer asks how to become a member of a secret society, so the McElroys begin an investigation in the hopes of discovering a hidden organization that holds all the power in Huntington. When their search goes cold, the brothers eventually decide to start their own secret society, "The Knights Templar 2: Wacky Wizards".
6 "Candlenights & Vape Ape" February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)

An attempt to help a viewer with their vaping problem is suddenly interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Candlenights, after telling the story of the holiday's origins, the McElroy brothers must band together to organize and prepare for a Candlenights live show in just three days.

Guest Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Guests[edit]

The show occasionally features guest experts (referred to as "guestsperts") who help the McElroy brothers answer questions. Notable past guests include:

Hosts[edit]

Justin, the oldest brother, lives in Huntington, West Virginia,[23] and was formerly an editor-at-large at Polygon, a video game website.[24] He also co-hosts the medical history podcast Sawbones with his wife, Dr. Sydnee McElroy;[25] in 2016 Justin co-invented "asynchronous podcasting" with Roman Mars, creating the first episode of Smart Stuff which began in episode 316 of MBMBaM [26] and was completed in episode 225 of 99% Invisible, hosted by Mars.[27] Justin also hosted a YouTube show called "Things I Bought at Sheetz" with Dwight Slappe, he and Griffin McElroy host a gaming comedy show for Polygon called Monster Factory in which they attempt to create hideous characters in video game character creators. On February 13, 2018, Justin and Sydnee welcomed the birth of their daughter Cooper Renee McElroy.[28]

Travis, the "middlest" brother, lives in Cincinnati, Ohio,[29] and worked as the Technical Director for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company before becoming a full-time podcaster.[30] He also co-hosts the "doomsday prepping" comedy podcast Bunker Buddies with Andie Bolt,[31] a podcast on frustrations and rants with Tybee Diskin called Interrobang, a podcast on manners called Shmanners and a media podcast, The Kind Rewind, with his wife, Teresa McElroy,[32][33] a podcast on current events with Brent Black called Trends Like These,[34] and a podcast called Surprisingly Nice with Hal Lublin.[35] Travis additionally produced the podcast Can I Pet Your Dog?, hosted by Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert.[36]

Griffin, the "sweet baby brother and 30 Under 30 media luminary," lives in Austin, Texas, and was formerly a senior video producer for Polygon,[37] he has also co-hosted the video game podcast "Cool Games, Inc." for Polygon, along with let's play series such as "Car Boys" and "Touch the Skyrim", and a podcast about The Bachelor and similar TV programs called Rose Buddies with his wife, Rachel McElroy.[38] Griffin and Rachel also currently host a podcast titled "Wonderful!"[39] In addition, Griffin was named one of Forbes' "30 under 30" for the year 2017.[40]

All three brothers co-host a yearly podcast, released every American Thanksgiving, called Til Death Do Us Blart with Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery[41] where they review the film Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. They additionally host the documentary podcast The McElroy Brothers Will Be in Trolls 2.[42] The three were raised in Huntington by Clint and Leslie McElroy.[23] Together with their father, a radio personality himself,[43] the brothers produce a Dungeons & Dragons podcast called The Adventure Zone.[44] The three brothers also provide the in-game commentary for the video game 100 Ft. Robot Golf.[45]

The McElroy Brothers appeared on the July 24, 2017 episode of @midnight, during which host Chris Hardwick publicly acknowledged that @midnight was ending.[46]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Lavender, Dave (November 14, 2010). "McElroy brothers find success with podcast". The Herald-Dispatch. HD Media Company, LLC. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The best podcasts of 2012". The A.V. Club. The Onion. December 14, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "MBMBaM 217: Clippy Lovemaking Tips". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. September 15, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "My Brother, My Brother and Me". libsyn.com. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
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  7. ^ "The Adventure Zone – Maximum Fun". Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.avclub.com/article/mcelroys-take-tv-exclusive-clip-my-brother-my-brot-249036
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  13. ^ "MBMBaM 230: Chipocalypse". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ "MBMBaM 187: Yu-Gi-Oh Barbershop". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. February 10, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  15. ^ "MBMBaM 210: Yippee Ki-yay, Holy Father". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. July 21, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
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  31. ^ Maximum Fun#Bunker Buddies with Andie and Travis
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  44. ^ Maximum Fun#The Adventure Zone
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  46. ^ "@midnight featuring Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy". Retrieved July 25, 2017. 

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