My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 467: Leonardo Di-Zap!-rio
July 9, 2019 4:58 AM - Subscribe

Friends! We have a question for you: How many hot dogs did YOU eated last week? Did you do the most, out of everyone? Please tell us if you did the most, so we can give you the biggest trophy. Also, Jesse Eisenberg is in this one.   Suggested talking points: Caesar Salad Contest, Viral Mom, Crush the Trash Real Small, Teen Donuts, Pee Mail (w/ Guestpert Jesse Eisenberg), Hermit Crab Distinction, Hair Ownership
posted by Tevin (4 comments total)
Link to Justin's pants if you dislike Reddit but are interested in the, uh, the pants.
posted by Tevin at 5:02 AM on July 9, 2019

Poor Justin! I saw a pic of his outfit, but I never noticed his area. I would never wish it upon anyone of good will that Reddit should notice their area.
posted by Countess Elena at 10:06 AM on July 9, 2019 [2 favorites]

Alright, I'll say it: Jesse Eisenberg kind of seems like an asshole.
posted by Tevin at 4:11 PM on July 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

I dunno, maybe, but how can anyone tell, given what a weird situation that sort of interview is? FWIW I felt like he was probably doing his best at playing along, and trying to follow a standard McElroy direction to outsiders that "the joke is always on us".

Travis has talked about telling guests on the TV show not to humour them or act like their behaviour and questions were reasonable or sensible in any way. It seems like part of the McElroys' method (although it's much more organic than that word suggests, their style is still affected by some very conscious choices of approach) is that, whatever the shifting dynamics among the brothers (+ Clint on TAZ) they all seek low status (in the improv sense of the word) roles when interacting with the rest of the world. While that's partly because they are socially anxious and hyper-consciencious people, it's also a conscious decision about what they think works comedically.

Maybe that red carpet episode is an example too: they put themselves through that clearly genuinely unpleasant experience, and aired the result, because they actually do think it's funny when people see them as the butt of their own joke.

Problems arise unfairly for them in social media contexts because a lot of people don't get that a self deprecating remark is an invitation to appreciate the joke, not join in with your own put downs. In terms of their shows, however, it seems like they may tend to actively encourage people to be a bit spiky. The remark about them all sounding the same, e.g., felt like the sort of thing they seem to often want guests to give them, because it's a good basis for their kind of jokes.

I don't know who Jesse Eisenberg is although his name was familiar and I'm sure he had something to plug. He seemed fine?
posted by howfar at 10:01 AM on July 15, 2019 [2 favorites]

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