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Desus & Mero shake up the late night talk show universe

This March 19, 2019 photo shows Daniel Baker, better known as Desus Nice, left, and Joel Martinez, also known as The Kid Mero, during a portrait session in New York. The pair host the late night series "Desus & Mero," on Showtime. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK — Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez may be hosts of a late night TV talk show that attracts A-list celebrities but they don’t feel like they’re competing with the likes of Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert.

The comedians, who go by Desus Nice & The Kid Mero, fill their slot with conversation, jokes, viral clips, celebrity slip-ups and offbeat local news stories. They call it “a hodgepodge of the full day’s topics.”

They’re doing what they want on their own terms, the same traits that caught the eyes of Complex Media, which noticed their hysterical Twitter interaction and paired them up for a podcast that quickly turned to video. Now Baker and Martinez host “Desus & Mero on Showtime .”

Gary Gerard Hamilton, The Associated Press