Trouble Thinking

August 8, 2011

Comedy! My Brother, My Brother, and Me is a Comedic Podcast That Is Actually Pretty Good.

Filed under: Interesting Things — Tags: , , , , — Durandal @ 12:43 pm

So you’re into comedy. Maybe you watch it on The Cent (as we in the know call Comedy Central) or you’re super into some British thing that you insist is great but then again who can tell when each season is 13 minutes long and primarily consists of awkward pausing and tooth decay?

Maybe you listen to podcasts, but probably not. Because podcasts are the castoffs of comedy. There are a thousand of them, and you don’t have the time in your busy day to go around making certain each and every one is actually just the worst thing. You’ve got stuff to do.

But you’ve got me! And I’ve got fuck all to do. So, after having reviewed all podcasts in their entirety over the course of the past week, I’ve brought you the single best comedic podcast: My Brother, My Brother, and Me. I will abbreviate to MBMBaM, pronounced “muh bim bam”.

What is MBMBaM? Well, as they put it:

My Brother, My Brother and Me is an advicecast for the modern era featuring three real-life brothers: Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy. For roughly five-sixths of an hour each week, with new episodes dropping every Monday, the brothers McElroy will answer any query sent our way, each fielding questions falling into our respective areas of expertise. We operate like a streamlined, advice-generating machine. It’s both terrifying and humbling to behold.

If you’ve got nerdy or boring parents, you’ll remember listening to Car Talk on NPR. It’s like that, but instead of cars they tack more to Dear Abby sorts of advice. Also, their jokes make someone other than themselves laugh on occasion. The brothers alternate between questions sent in by readers and Yahoo Answers questions asked by terrifyingly out of touch people in need of a lot of help.

The Brothers McElroy have a pretty good vibe going. The three of them have gotten comfortable riffing off questions, and using intervals of decent advice as a way of pausing to think about something that would be a much dumber and funnier course of action to advocate. They also have the good sense to actually plan ahead instead of relying entirely on bullshitting, which gives a bit of structure to the experience. Griffin has become the designated question-asker, and over the 65 extant episodes has become adept at pinpointing the down-slope of the riff track and cutting it off with a new question.

It’s the sort of humor that you can’t really pinpoint lines or quotes from all that easily because it’s just a flow looking for local minimums of humorousness, but it’s left me actually crying with laughter several times. It’s a bit like MST3K in that regard, but obviously much worse. I don’t want them getting big heads.

Anyways! I’ve got the sample track for you to listen to, and you can head on over to their website for more, with a new update each week!

Oh, and feel free to ask them questions too:

If you’re in desperate need of a bit of advice, don’t be shy! Simply send an email to, or post on twitter with the tag #MBMBaM and we’ll take care of that for you.

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