My Brother, My Brother and Me is a self-described ‘advice show for the modern era’ hosted by Travis, Justin, and Griffin McElroy on the Max Fun Network. New episodes are released every Monday and are quite often the sole highlight of that most dour of weekdays.
The Brothers answer questions submitted by listeners as found on Yahoo! Answers. I will admit this sounds like a terrible premise for a podcast. Questions found on Yahoo! Answers are frequently baffling and usually terrifying in their lack of self awareness. The Brothers’ commitment to answering the questions at their face raises the value of the questions from disposable eyebrow-raise to philosophical Koan. If a Yahoo! Answer asker queries the hivemind for good Warrior Cat names, the brothers will not shy away from the task at hand. My first inclination would be to dismiss the ludicrous questions but it is in this ludicrousness the Brothers dive in, get comfortable, and make a day of it.
When they hit a topic that really clicks and get on a roll the laughs come thick and fast. All three have a good sense of when a bit is working and when it is time to move on. At least, they do now – some of the earlier episodes struggle with this rhythm, mostly due to an early need to try and come to a resolution. Presently they all have a sense of when it is time to move on and the show is all the better for it, even if the question is answered only tangentially. Shows can sometimes be a little flabby, but it is rare that more than a couple minutes will pass before they’ve found another topic to latch onto and get some hilarious goofs.
My Brother, My Brother and Me is my go-to podcast for when I need a pick me up. It’s not really thought-provoking or challenging, though it is occasionally insightful when readers submit their own less-absurd questions and the Brothers answer with some degree of earnestness. If they happen to release late, my Mondays are plunged into Garfieldian nightmare. Thank goodness it gives me something to look forward to.