Griffin McElroy

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Griffin McElroy
Born (1987-04-17) April 17, 1987 (age 33)[1]
NationalityAmerican
EducationMarshall University
OccupationPodcaster, journalist, actor, mayor of Huntington[citation needed]
Years active2007–present
Known forCo-founder of Polygon
Notable work
Spouse(s)
Rachel McElroy
(m. 2013)
Children1
Parent(s)
Relatives

Griffin Andrew McElroy (/ˌmækɪlrɔɪ/ MAC-ilroy, born April 17, 1987) is an American podcaster, actor, writer, composer, 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] They are expecting their second child in 2021.[9]

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.[10][11] 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][12] 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 modren [sic] era" hosted as part of the Maximum Fun network. The brothers also starred in a 2017 TV show based on the podcast, which originally aired on Seeso.[13]

In 2014, the McElroy brothers launched a tabletop role-playing game podcast entitled The Adventure Zone.[14] Initially playing Dungeons & Dragons, the show moved into other game systems in later seasons. Griffin McElroy acted as the Dungeon Master and voice of numerous NPCs for the initial 69 episodes of their first campaign, Balance'[15] He later took on the similar role of "Keeper" for the Monster of the Week Powered by the Apocalypse based Amnesty campaign.[16] Griffin currently plays the role of Sir Fitzroy Maplecourt, Knight-in-Absentia of the Realm of Goodcastle, in the show's third campaign subtitled Graduation. Griffin also composes much of the original soundtrack for the series.[17]

The first sub-arc of The Adventure Zone: Balance, named Here There Be Gerblins, was later adapted into a graphic novel in cooperation with artist Carey Pietsch, and was published by First Second Books in 2018.[18] The book topped the New York Times' best-selling trade fiction list, becoming the first graphic novel to do so.[19] It was followed by a second graphic novel, Murder on the Rockport Limited!, in 2019, and a third installment, Petals to the Metal, in 2020.[20][21]

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[22] where they watch and review the film Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 each episode. The podcast released a bonus episode on April 28, 2020 where they instead watched the original Paul Blart: Mall Cop. The brothers also host the documentary podcast The McElroy Brothers Will Be in Trolls World Tour, which ultimately resulted in the announcement that all three were set to make cameo appearances in the film.[23][24]

Since 2017, Griffin McElroy has co-hosted the podcast Wonderful! with his wife, Rachel, where they discuss things they are interested in and enjoy.[25] The two had previously hosted another podcast named Rose Buddies, in which they recapped episodes of The Bachelor and related television series.[26]

Griffin has appeared twice as a guest on The George Lucas Talk Show, once during the May the 4th, 2020 fundraiser The George Lucas Talk Show All Day Star Wars Movie Watch Along[27], and later on the December 22, 2020 episode The George Lucas Holiday Special.[28]

Voice acting[edit]

McElroy has appeared as a voice actor in several animated series, including Clarence, Big City Greens, We Bare Bears, and Camp Camp.[29][30] He also provided voice commentary for the 2017 video game 100ft Robot Golf, alongside his brothers.[31] In September 2018, following a successful podcasting campaign, the McElroy brothers, Travis and Justin, confirmed that they would be voicing the character Skyscraper in the film Trolls World Tour, with Griffin also voicing Country Tear.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Griffin McElroy | Authors". US Macmillan.
  2. ^ a b McElroy, Griffin; McElroy, Justin (April 24, 2018). "It's a Departure". Polygon. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Griffin McElroy". Forbes.
  4. ^ Mayne, Rick (2011). "Super Clint". Huntington Quarterly (73). Archived from the original on June 23, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Footo, Kristin. "Griffin McElroy - Young Alumni" (PDF). Marshall University Alumni Association.
  6. ^ "Rachel McElroy | Maximum Fun". www.maximumfun.org. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Griffin McElroy [@griffinmcelroy] (November 25, 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. Archived from the original on May 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Wonderful! 155: That's One Spicy Flu Shot!". Maximum Fun. October 22, 2020. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  10. ^ Stark, Chelsea (October 25, 2012). "Veteran Game Journalists Unite to Launch Vox's 'Polygon'". Mashable.
  11. ^ LizardRock (April 25, 2018). "The McElroy Brothers Leave Polygon". Gamerz Unite.
  12. ^ McElroy, Griffin (April 28, 2017). "Touch the Skyrim: Griffin and Nick play a fun new Mario game". Polygon.
  13. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (February 22, 2017). "Review: 'My Brother, My Brother and Me' Has Advice From Three Modern Stooges". The New York Times.
  14. ^ Faires, Rosalind (October 13, 2017). "Into The Adventure Zone With Griffin McElroy". The Austin Chronicle.
  15. ^ Hilborn, Danielle (June 19, 2018). "Podcast hosts the McElroy brothers bring all goofs, no bummers to San Francisco". The Daily Californian.
  16. ^ Naudus, Kris (April 16, 2018). "We're listening to: 'Acquisitions Inc.' and 'The Adventure Zone'". Engadget.
  17. ^ Minsker, Evan (January 21, 2016). "How Music Helped "The Adventure Zone" Podcast Get Better". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  18. ^ Hoover, Natalie (June 14, 2018). "'The Adventure Zone' Podcast Is Getting Its Own Graphic Novel". Study Breaks. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  19. ^ McMillan, Graeme (July 26, 2018). "'Adventure Zone' Graphic Novel Tops New York Times' Trade Fiction Best-Seller List". The Hollywood Reporter.
  20. ^ "Exclusive: First look at interiors of 'The Adventure Zone' sequel 'Murder on the Rockport Limited'". EW.com. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  21. ^ "Petals to the Metal: Get a wild first look at the next Adventure Zone graphic novel". EW.com. Archived from the original on October 7, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  22. ^ "Till Death Do Us Blart". Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  23. ^ "The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2". trolls2.libsyn.com. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  24. ^ a b 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.
  25. ^ "Wonderful!". Maximum Fun.
  26. ^ "Rose Buddies". Maximum Fun. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  27. ^ "The George Lucas Talk Show All Day Star Wars Movie Watch Along Part 6 - A New Hope". Youtube.
  28. ^ "The George Lucas Talk Show 2020 Holiday Special - Part 1". Youtube.
  29. ^ Trumbore, Dave (June 5, 2018). "Exclusive: Disney's 'Big City Greens' Images Reveal the Co-Creators' Real-Life Inspiration". Collider.
  30. ^ Chong, Daniel [@threebarebears] (July 26, 2018). "Guest appearance by @griffinmcelroy in the episode "GOOGS", airing NEXT WEEK on Bears" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  31. ^ "100ft Robot Golf on Steam". Steam. Retrieved August 2, 2018.