Griffin McElroy

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Griffin McElroy
Born (1987-04-17) April 17, 1987 (age 31)[1]
NationalityAmerican
EducationMarshall University
OccupationPodcaster, journalist
Years active2007–present
Known forco-founder of Polygon
Notable work
Spouse(s)
Rachel McElroy (m. 2013)
Children1
Parent(s)
Relatives
Websitewww.griffinmcelroy.com

Griffin Andrew McElroy (born April 17, 1987) is an American podcaster and former video game journalist. He is known for his work on podcasts such as My Brother, My Brother and Me and The Adventure Zone, as well as for co-founding the video game journalism website Polygon.[2] In 2017, Forbes named him a "30 Under 30" media luminary.[3]

Early and personal life[edit]

Griffin McElroy was born in 1987 to Clint McElroy, former co-host of WTCR-FM's morning radio show in Huntington, West Virginia, and his wife Leslie.[4] Griffin McElroy is an alumnus of Marshall University with a degree in journalism.[5] He married Rachel McElroy in 2013.[6] They have one son, named Henry, born in 2016.[7][8]

Career[edit]

Journalism[edit]

McElroy's journalism career began in 2007, when he began working as the weekend editor for Joystiq. During the 2008 United States presidential election, McElroy also acted as MTV's local journalist for his home state of West Virginia.[8] He departed Joystiq in 2012 in order to found Polygon along with his brother Justin McElroy and Christopher Grant, going on to later become a senior video producer for the site.[9][10] During his tenure, he oversaw a large volume of video content for the site, including their Monster Factory series and several let's plays.[3][11] In 2018, Griffin and Justin both announced their departure from Polygon, in order to focus on their podcasting careers and families.[2]

Podcasting[edit]

Since 2010, Griffin McElroy, along with his brothers Justin and Travis, has co-hosted the comedy podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me, an "advice show for the modern era" hosted as part of the Maximum Fun network. The brothers also starred in a 2016 TV show based on the podcast, which originally aired on Seeso.[12]

In 2014, the McElroy brothers launched a tabletop role-playing game podcast entitled The Adventure Zone.[13] Initially playing Dungeons & Dragons, the show moved into other game systems in later arcs. Griffin McElroy acted as the Dungeon Master for the initial 69-episode Balance arc,[14] and later took on the similar role of "Keeper" for the Powered by the Apocalypse based Amnesty arc.[15] Griffin McElroy also composes much of the original soundtrack for the series.[16] The first sub-arc of The Adventure Zone: Balance, named Here There Be Gerblins, has been adapted into a graphic novel, published by First Second Books, with a sequel set to follow the plot of the second sub-arc "Murder on the Rockport Limited" coming soon.[17]

Griffin and his brothers also co-host a yearly podcast with Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery, released every American Thanksgiving since 2015, called Til Death Do Us Blart[18] where they review the film Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The brothers also host the documentary podcast The McElroy Brothers Will Be in Trolls 2, which ultimately resulted in the announcement that all three were set to make cameo appearances in the film.[19][20]

Since 2017, Griffin McElroy has also co-hosted the podcast Wonderful! with his wife, Rachel.[21] The two had previously hosted another podcast named Rose Buddies.[22]

Voice acting[edit]

McElroy has appeared as a voice actor in several animated TV shows, including Clarence. He also provided voice commentary for the 2017 video game 100ft Robot Golf, alongside his brothers.[23] In 2018, McElroy appeared as a guest voice actor for the animated comedy series Big City Greens, portraying a pepper merchant.[24] He later appeared as a guest in the fourth season of We Bare Bears.[25] In September 2018, following a successful podcasting campaign, the McElroy brothers confirmed that they would be voicing characters in the film Trolls World Tour.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Griffin McElroy | Authors". US Macmillan.
  2. ^ a b McElroy, Griffin; McElroy, Justin (24 April 2018). "It's a Departure". Polygon. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Griffin McElroy". Forbes.
  4. ^ Mayne, Rick (2011). "Super Clint". Huntington Quarterly (73).
  5. ^ Footo, Kristin. "Griffin McElroy - Young Alumni" (PDF). Marshall University Alumni Association.
  6. ^ "Rachel McElroy | Maximum Fun". www.maximumfun.org. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  7. ^ Griffin McElroy [@griffinmcelroy] (25 November 2016). "Henry is here! He's just so incredible already. Both him and @rachelcmcelroy are doing swimmingly. I'm head over heels" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ a b McElroy, Griffin. "About". Griffin McElroy.
  9. ^ Stark, Chelsea (October 25, 2012). "Veteran Game Journalists Unite to Launch Vox's 'Polygon'". Mashable.
  10. ^ LizardRock (April 25, 2018). "The McElroy Brothers Leave Polygon". Gamerz Unite.
  11. ^ McElroy, Griffin (April 28, 2017). "Touch the Skyrim: Griffin and Nick play a fun new Mario game". Polygon.
  12. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (February 22, 2017). "Review: 'My Brother, My Brother and Me' Has Advice From Three Modern Stooges". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Faires, Rosalind (October 13, 2017). "Into The Adventure Zone With Griffin McElroy". The Austin Chronicle.
  14. ^ Hilborn, Danielle (19 June 2018). "Podcast hosts the McElroy brothers bring all goofs, no bummers to San Francisco". The Daily Californian.
  15. ^ Naudus, Kris (April 16, 2018). "We're listening to: 'Acquisitions Inc.' and 'The Adventure Zone'". Engadget.
  16. ^ Minsker, Evan (January 21, 2016). "How Music Helped "The Adventure Zone" Podcast Get Better". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  17. ^ Hoover, Natalie (June 14, 2018). "'The Adventure Zone' Podcast Is Getting Its Own Graphic Novel". Study Breaks.
  18. ^ "Till Death Do Us Blart". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  19. ^ "The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2". trolls2.libsyn.com. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  20. ^ Bradley, Laura (September 11, 2018). "The Unbelievable True Story of How Three Podcasters Trolled Their Way into Trolls 2". Vanity Fair. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  21. ^ "Wonderful!". Maximum Fun.
  22. ^ "Rose Buddies". Maximum Fun. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  23. ^ "100ft Robot Golf on Steam". Steam. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  24. ^ Trumbore, Dave (June 5, 2018). "Exclusive: Disney's 'Big City Greens' Images Reveal the Co-Creators' Real-Life Inspiration". Collider.
  25. ^ Chong, Daniel [@threebarebears] (July 26, 2018). "Guest appearance by @griffinmcelroy in the episode "GOOGS", airing NEXT WEEK on Bears" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Bradley, Laura (September 11, 2018). "The Unbelievable True Story of How Three Podcasters Trolled Their Way into Trolls 2". Vanity Fair. Retrieved September 11, 2018.