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Joel Martinez (born May 15, 1983), professionally known as The Kid Mero, is a Dominican-American writer, comedian, TV personality, voice actor, YouTube personality, music blogger and Twitter personality. He rose to prominence alongside fellow Bronx native Desus Nice with their Complex TV 46-episode podcast Desus vs. Mero, which first premiered on December 18, 2013. As of season 5, he is a cast member of Guy Code with Desus Nice.[1][2] He was the co-host of Viceland's Desus & Mero talk show alongside Desus until June 2018, and currently co-hosts Desus & Mero which premiered on February 21, 2019 on Showtime.[3]

The Kid Mero
The Kid Mero.jpg
The Kid Mero at Malecon Restaurant in Washington Heights, New York City
Birth nameJoel Martinez
Born (1983-05-15) May 15, 1983 (age 36)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Medium
NationalityDominican American
EducationHunter College
Years active2010–present
Genres
SpouseHeather Martinez
Children4
Notable works and roles

Early life & educationEdit

Mero was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan to Dominican immigrant parents, and the family moved to the Bronx when he was young.[4] Martinez is Afro-Latino and grew up speaking Spanish. His father and uncle wanted to name him "Romero," which is the origin of the moniker Mero.[4]

He realized he was talented at comedy from a young age but was not particularly interested in televised comedy or stand-up comedians growing up.[4][5]

Mero graduated from I.S. 117 in the Bronx. [4]

CareerEdit

Mero previously worked as a teaching aide at a school in The Bronx. He later began writing for Vice's music platform Noisey in 2012. His first article for them was published online on November 14, 2012; it was a review of Canadian electronic music duo Crystal Castles's album III.[6] In total, he wrote 69 articles for Noisey between November 2012 and March 2014, most of which were album and mixtape reviews, and all written in caps lock.[7]

In December 2014, MTV announced that The Kid Mero and Desus Nice would be joining the cast of Guy Code for season 5, along with 11 other new cast members.[8][9] They appeared on the first episode of season 5, which was originally aired on January 14, 2015.[10]

On August 30, 2016, Viceland announced Desus & Mero which premiered on October 17, 2016. The half-hour show ran Monday-Thursday, hosted by the Bronx-reared comedic duo.[11][12] Its finale aired on June 28, 2018. Mero currently co-hosts Desus & Mero which premiered on February 21, 2019 on Showtime.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey[13] and is married to Heather Martinez, a teacher[14] from New Jersey. The pair have four children, three boys and a baby girl.[15][14]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 Desus vs. Mero Himself Hosts along with Desus Nice
2015 Guy Code Himself Stars in along with Desus Nice
2015 Joking Off Himself Stars in along with Desus Nice
2015–present Bodega Boys Himself Stars in along with Desus Nice
2015 Uncommon Sense Himself Stars in along with Desus Nice
2015 Wild 'N Out Himself Stars in along with Desus Nice
TBD New York Undercover: The BX Chronicles Eddie Torres Stars in along with Desus Nice
2016–2018 Desus & Mero Himself Hosts along with Desus Nice
2017 Neo Yokio Lexy (voice) Stars in along with Desus Nice
2019–present Desus & Mero Himself Hosts along with Desus Nice

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ How "Guy Code" Became A Comedy Breeding Ground. Fastcocreate.com (January 14, 2015). Retrieved on 2016-06-16.
  2. ^ A Conversation Between Itsthereal And The Kid Mero. Noisey.vice.com (April 2, 2013). Retrieved on 2016-06-16.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (November 29, 2018). "'Desus & Mero' Late-Night Show Gets February Premiere Date On Showtime". Deadline. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Hughes, Jazmine (June 18, 2018). "How 'Desus & Mero' Conquered Late Night". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Desus And Mero Won Twitter. Now Their Bronx-Raised Genius Is Taking Over TV". The FADER. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  6. ^ The Kid. (November 14, 2012) Crystal Castles – 'Iii'. Noisey.vice.com. Retrieved on 2016-06-16.
  7. ^ Articles by The Kid Mero. Noisey.vice.com. Retrieved on June 16, 2016.
  8. ^ ‘Guy Code’ Returns For Season 5 With 13 New Cast Members. Mtv.com (December 15, 2014). Retrieved on 2016-06-16.
  9. ^ The Kid Mero on MTV2's Guy Code. Vh1.com (February 9, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-06-16.
  10. ^ MTV2's Guy Code season 5. Mtv.com (February 9, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-06-16.
  11. ^ Viceland Sets Late-Night Talk Show, New Series Orders and Eddie Huang Renewal. Variety.com (August 30, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-09-12.
  12. ^ Viceland’s ‘Desus & Mero’ Gets Showrunner & Premiere Date. Deadline.com (September 26, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-11-29.
  13. ^ Amy Kuperinsky - NJ Advance Media for NJ com. "How N.J.'s The Kid Mero became one of the freshest voices in late-night TV". NJ.com. Posted: November 11, 2018 at 12:19 PM. Updated: November 12, 2018 at 01:43 PM.
  14. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon (March 31, 2013) Laughing at Rappers, Who Laugh Right Back. New York Times
  15. ^ Can Online Stars Desus vs. Mero Succeed IRL?. Vulture.com. Retrieved on June 16, 2016.