My Brother, My Brother and Me
My Brother, My Brother and Me (often abbreviated as MBMBaM, pronounced // (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.
|Hosted by||Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy|
|Updates||Once per week|
|Length||About an hour|
|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||468|
|Original release||April 12, 2010 – present|
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. In 2010, the show was consistently listed among the top 10 comedy podcasts on iTunes. Writing for The A.V. Club, critics David Anthony and Colin Griffith both counted MBMBaM as one of their top 10 podcasts of 2012. A TV series based on the podcast premiered on Seeso in February 2017, and is currently hosted on VRV.
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.
Advertisements from corporate sponsors and paid messages from listeners are read by the hosts on air during a segment called "The Money Zone." 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 similar to Mad Libs.
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. 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 McElroy. The Adventure Zone was later spun off into its own podcast on the Maximum Fun network.
"(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. 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.
The show occasionally features guest experts (referred to as "guestsperts") who help the McElroy brothers answer questions. Notable past guests include:
- Jimmy Buffett, musician
- Bill Corbett, television and theatre writer, producer and performer
- Laura Kate Dale, author and video game journalist
- Jesse Eisenberg, actor and writer
- Cameron Esposito, stand-up comedian and podcast host
- Elsie Fisher, actress
- Elizabeth Gilbert, author
- Marilu Henner, actress, producer, radio host, and author
- John Hodgman, actor, author, and podcast host
- Bridget Lancaster, producer and host of America's Test Kitchen
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor, award-winning composer, playwright, and rapper
- Jonah Ray, actor, comedian, and podcast host
- John Roderick, musician and podcast host
- Patrick Rothfuss, fantasy author
- Dan Savage, advice columnist, podcast host, and author
- Episode 400 featured a number of celebrity guests, including Miranda, Buffet, Henner, Ethan Suplee, Corey Cott, Steve Kroft, Brenda Vaccaro, and Al Roker.
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.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Dorms & Ghoulsmashing"||February 23, 2017|
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|
|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|
|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|
To help a teacher better determine 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|
|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|
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.
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- "The best podcasts of 2012". The A.V. Club. The Onion. December 14, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- "MBMBaM 217: Clippy Lovemaking Tips". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. September 15, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
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- "MBMBaM: The Adventure Zone". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. August 18, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- "The Adventure Zone – Maximum Fun". Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- "MBMBaM 383: Fins Up". My Brother, My Brother, and Me. Maximum Fun. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
- "MBMBaM 230: Chipocalypse". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
- "MBMBaM 468: Down the Soda Hole". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
- "MBMBaM 467: Leonardo Di-Zap!-rio". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. July 8, 2019. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
- "MBMBaM 187: Yu-Gi-Oh Barbershop". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. February 10, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
- "MBMBaM 419: Some Good JPEGs of My Favorite Matrix Characters". My Brother, My Brother, and Me. Maximum Fun. August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
- "MBMBaM 210: Yippee Ki-yay, Holy Father". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. July 21, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "MBMBaM 414: Hogsplash". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
- "MBMBaM 222: Rich Kids Camp". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. November 20, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
- "MBMBaM 442: Justin's Special Shower Sauce". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
- "MBMBaM 193: Journey to the Center of the Bear". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. March 24, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "MBMBaM 353: The Feenysnatcher". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
- "MBMBaM 204: Bait Kids". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. June 9, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "MBMBaM 311: Amber is the Color of Our Energy". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
- "MBMBaM 146: Kenan By Way of Kel". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. April 1, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- "MBMBaM 400: The Escape to Margaritaville Red Carpet Extravaganza". My Brother, My Brother and Me. Maximum Fun. April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
- Barsanti, Sam. "The McElroys take TV in this exclusive clip from My Brother, My Brother And Me".
- "Review: 'My Brother, My Brother and Me' Has Advice From Three Modern Stooges".
- "EXCLUSIVE: Seeso Is Selling Two of Its Shows to AT&T-Backed VRV, May Be Preparing to Shut Down". June 27, 2017.
- "Seeso Sells Harmonquest, MBMBAM and More to the VRV Streaming Platform".