Desus Nice

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Desus Nice
Birth nameDaniel Baker
Born (1983-05-18) May 18, 1983 (age 35)
The Bronx, New York City, United States
Medium
NationalityJamaican-American
EducationCollege of Mount Saint Vincent
Years active2013–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Notable works and roles

Daniel Baker, known professionally as Desus Nice, is a Jamaican-American comedian, TV personality, YouTube personality and Twitter personality.[1] He rose to prominence with Complex TV's Desus vs. Mero, which was a 46-episode podcast that was first released on December 18, 2013.[2][3][4] He was the co-host of Viceland's Desus & Mero talk show alongside The Kid Mero until June 2018, and currently co-hosts Desus & Mero which premiered on February 21, 2019 on Showtime.[5]

Early life[edit]

Baker was born in The Bronx, New York City to Jamaican immigrant parents and he grew up in the Wakefield section of The Bronx. He attended the nearby Pablo Casals Middle School in Co-op City, where he met Chris Hayes, before going on to attend Herbert H. Lehman High School and then earn a degree in literature from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He worked several jobs before joining Black Enterprise as a small business columnist, where he remained until 2014 before leaving to pursue a career in television.[1]

Career[edit]

In December 2014, MTV announced that Desus and The Kid Mero would be joining the cast of Guy Code for season 5, along with 11 other new cast members.[6][7] They appeared on the first episode of season 5 which was originally aired on January 14, 2015. After building a relationship with MTV and MTV2, Desus and Mero appeared on other shows including Uncommon Sense and Joking Off.[8]

On 12 September 2015, Desus along with co-host The Kid Mero (a.k.a. The Bodega Boys) released the first episode of the world's most illustrious podcast, The Bodega Boys podcast. Recorded every week at Red Bull Studios NYC, the duo give their irreverent yet hilarious takes on all things pop culture.

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.[9][10] Its finale aired on June 28, 2018. Desus currently co-hosts Desus & Mero which premiered on February 21, 2019 on Showtime.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 Desus vs. Mero Himself Stars in along with The Kid Mero
2015 Guy Code Himself Stars in along with The Kid Mero
2015 Joking Off Himself Stars in along with The Kid Mero
2015–present Bodega Boys Himself Stars in along with The Kid Mero
2015–2016 Uncommon Sense Himself Stars in along with The Kid Mero
2016–2018 Desus & Mero Himself Hosts along with The Kid Mero
2017 Neo Yokio Gottlieb (voice role) Stars in along with The Kid Mero
2019–present Desus & Mero Himself Hosts along with The Kid Mero

Aliases[edit]

Desus goes by numerous aliases on the Bodega Boys Podcast. These aliases are based on references to pop culture, sports, and hip hop. The long and ever-changing list of aliases or "AKAs" are one of the many running gags on the show. During an interview with Method Man on Viceland's Desus & Mero, Desus explained that the idea for aliases was based on the alter-egos of the rappers in the song "Wu-Gambinos" on the album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... by Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon. As of November 30, 2017, the list of aliases includes:[11]

  • Desus Nice
  • Desus Vice
  • Young Chipotle
  • Pockets stay fat like Terio
  • Pockets stay fat like here we go
  • Kristap Por-sling-dick
  • Eli Litby
  • Boutros Boutros Gully
  • Slobodan Might-know-ya-bitch
  • Young Day Party
  • Young Hot Take
  • Desus H. Fuego
  • Mr. Nandos with a rando
  • Mr. Mil Novecientos Noventa Y Cuatro en Nueva York
  • Mikhail Goin-off
  • The Jouvert Boss
  • MC Likkle Gungo Pea
  • "Pullin' up from 40 with your shorty"
  • "Don’t talk to me in the Uber Pool, I don’t know you"
  • The original “my plus one got a plus one so don’t make a fuss son”
  • Desus Rothstein, the Jamaican Jew
  • Jermaine Avocado Toast
  • Young PA
  • The Ghost of Mufasa
  • Young Charcuterie without the coonery
  • Chile Limon, the left handed reliever for the Yankee’s (Que lo que?)
  • Vice-K Matsuzaka
  • 3 Phone Jones
  • Desus Ex Machina
  • Jay Chuckles
  • Stanley Cups.
  • The Human Dr. Bronner’s Label (Dilute! Dilute! Dilute!)
  • Dionardo DiTrappio
  • Mr. 240p because I like my Pino blurry
  • DJ Woolite
  • The Curried G.O.A.T
  • Desus Spicer
  • Jamal Hashburn
  • The Bronx Celine Dion
  • Wray and Nephew's Nephew
  • The Moreno you can't contain-o
  • The Human Meme, Word to Ja
  • Young Erewhon
  • The Racist Provocateur
  • Henrik Bud-qvist
  • Nelson Bang-dela
  • Sergio Can't-see-me
  • The Human Werther's, melting in your mouth
  • Vladimir Boofin'
  • Mr. Becks on Deckington
  • Rikki-Tikki-Squad-bi
  • Greg "Pa"-povitch
  • David Yerp-man
  • Morris "Say it with your chest"-nut
  • Mahatma Gone-B
  • Not Macka B but I got the cucumber
  • The juices are pressed but your boy never is
  • "I am the Art, damn it!"
  • The Don Dada Ganoush
  • No more Cup of Noodles
  • The Prince of Peckham
  • Young Energy God Jr
  • The Fashion Nova Casanova
  • "William H. 5 Cent, 10 Cent, Dolla... Forget the small change, give me big money wine"
  • "The only anthem I salute is Dipset"
  • Mississauga, Catch me at Square One Top Left
  • Trill Rizzuto, "holy cow!"
  • Mr. Soft Palms because all I do is count checks and jerk off
  • "We got OJ, uh purple stuff, soda, and it's me! Sunny D!"
  • Desuspensive Desus red bottoms Desus Bloody Shoes
  • Mr. "Shopping at StreetEasy with a bad breezy like I'm Yeezy, please believe me"
  • The Black Asiatic who will crack your back like an automatic craftmatic
  • Mr. La Marina in a mesh Merina with a fresh misdemeanor and a cold demeanor
  • Your problematic bae
  • The Jamaican Jackhammer
  • The Bronx Bloodclot
  • Andrew Coolnanan
  • The Topic of Gossip in Syosset
  • Pino Brown
  • References[edit]

    1. ^ a b Weiner, Jonah How Desus and Kid Mero Went From Twitter Cranks to Comedy's Hottest Duo Rolling Stone. July 8, 2015
    2. ^ How "Guy Code" Became A Comedy Breeding Ground. Fastcocreate.com (January 14, 2015). Retrieved on 2016-09-07.
    3. ^ A Conversation Between Itsthereal And The Kid Mero. Noisey.vice.com (April 2, 2013). Retrieved on 2016-09-07.
    4. ^ Desus & Mero Talk About New Show "Joking Off" And How They Met! Hollywire. July 8, 2015
    5. ^ a b Petski, Denise (November 29, 2018). "'Desus & Mero' Late-Night Show Gets February Premiere Date On Showtime". Deadline. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
    6. ^ ‘Guy Code’ Returns For Season 5 With 13 New Cast Members. Mtv.com (December 15, 2014). Retrieved on 2016-09-07.
    7. ^ The Kid Mero on MTV2's Guy Code. Vh1.com (February 9, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-09-07.
    8. ^ zmtv.com/shows/guy_code/video/full-episodes/ MTV2's Guy Code season 5 Archived April 11, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
    9. ^ Viceland Sets Late-Night Talk Show, New Series Orders and Eddie Huang Renewal. Variety.com (August 30, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-09-12.
    10. ^ Viceland’s ‘Desus & Mero’ Gets Showrunner & Premiere Date. Deadline.com (September 26, 2016). Retrieved on 2016-11-29.
    11. ^ "A (Somewhat) Definitive List of the Bodega Boy's Aliases • r/bodegaboys". reddit. Retrieved December 2, 2017.