Justin Tyler McElroy (born November 8, 1980) is an American podcaster, comedian, and former video game journalist. He is known for his work on podcasts (such as My Brother, My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone, and Sawbones), his co-starring role in the Seeso television adaptation of My Brother, My Brother and Me, and for co-founding the video game journalism website Polygon.

Justin McElroy
Born (1980-11-08) November 8, 1980 (age 39)[1]
ResidenceHuntington, West Virginia, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
EducationMarshall University
OccupationWriter, actor, podcaster, journalist
Years active2007 - present
Known forCo-founder of Polygon
Notable work
Spouse(s)
Sydnee McElroy (m. 2006)
Children2
Parent(s)
Relatives
Websitejustinmcelroy.wordpress.com

Early and personal lifeEdit

Justin McElroy was born in 1980 to Clint McElroy, former co-host of WTCR-FM's morning radio show in Huntington, West Virginia, and his wife Leslie.[2] McElroy attended Marshall University.[3] He currently lives in Huntington, West Virginia,[2] and married a physician, Dr. Sydnee Smirl McElroy, in 2006.[3][4] Justin and Sydnee have two children: Charlie Gail "Chuck" McElroy, who was born on August 12, 2014[5] and Cooper Renee McElroy, who was born on February 13, 2018.[6]

CareerEdit

JournalismEdit

McElroy worked at Joystiq as a journalist from 2007 to 2012. During this time, he was the producer of the Joystiq podcast.

In 2012, McElroy co-founded Polygon, a video game website, along with his brother Griffin and Christopher Grant, and was formerly an editor-at-large at said website.[7][8][9][10] In 2018, Justin and Griffin both announced their departure from Polygon, in order to focus on their podcasting careers and families.[10]

PodcastingEdit

Since 2010, Justin McElroy has co-hosted the comedy podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me along with his brothers Griffin and Travis. The podcast began in 2010 as a form of "self-entertainment" before it was added to the Maximum Fun network.[11] The podcast takes the form of a humorous "advice show", in which the brothers answer questions that have been directly submitted by listeners, as well as questions that listeners have found on Yahoo! Answers.[12] In 2010, the show was consistently listed among the top 10 comedy podcasts on iTunes,[12] and it has received positive critical reception.[13] The podcast was later turned into a 2017 television show, which originally aired on Seeso[14] and now streams on VRV.[15]

Since June 21, 2013, Justin and his wife Sydnee have co-hosted the podcast Sawbones, a "marital tour of misguided medicine" and a humorous exploration of medical history, focusing on the many ways the medical community has been wrong in the past.[16][3] A book based on this podcast, The Sawbones Book: The Horrifying, Hilarious Road To Modern Medicine, was published by Weldon Owen on October 9, 2018.[17][18]

In 2014, the McElroy brothers launched a tabletop role-playing game podcast entitled The Adventure Zone.[19] Initially focusing on Dungeons & Dragons, the show began to explore other game systems in later seasons. 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, published by First Second Books in 2018.[20] The book topped the New York Times' best-selling trade fiction list, becoming the first graphic novel to do so.[21] The sequel was quickly confirmed and adapts the second story arc, The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited. It was released in July 2019 with the same creative team.[22]

Justin 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[23] where they review the film Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. 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.[24][25]

In 2018, Justin McElroy launched The Empty Bowl, a "meditative podcast about cereal".[26]

Other programsEdit

Beginning in 2015, Justin and his brother Griffin began hosting a gaming comedy show for Polygon called Monster Factory.[27][28] The series—in which the two use powerful character creation tools from popular video and computer games to create hideous characters—was praised by The Mary Sue as one of the "funniest series on YouTube".[28] The series briefly went on hiatus after the pair left Polygon, but resumed output in December 2018.

Justin appeared with his brothers on the July 24, 2017 episode of @midnight, during which host Chris Hardwick publicly acknowledged that @midnight was ending.[29]

Voice actingEdit

McElroy has appeared as a voice actor in several animated TV shows. In 2017, he appeared as Billiam Milliam in the animated comedy series OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.[30] In 2018, he appeared in the Cartoon Hangover-produced animated mini-series Slug Riot.[31] He also provided voice commentary for the 2017 video game 100ft Robot Golf, along with Griffin and Travis.[32] In September 2018, following a successful podcasting campaign, Justin and his brothers confirmed that they would be voicing characters in the film Trolls World Tour.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Justin McElroy | Authors". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Mayne, Rick (2011). "Super Clint". Huntington Quarterly (73). Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Lavender, Dave (June 20, 2014). "Local couple's online audio show gets tens of thousands of listeners". The Herald-Dispatch. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  4. ^ Justin McElroy [@justinmcelroy] (July 1, 2018). "Today marks the 4380th consecutive day (minus leap days) that @sydneemcelroy has failed to realized she is infinitely too smart, clever, charming and caring to be married to me. It is my dearest, unfailing daily hope that she continues to make this fantastic error" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ McElroy, Justin [@JustinMcElroy] (August 13, 2014). "Look at what @sydneemcelroy and I made! She's Charlie McElroy, and she was born yesterday" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Birth announcements". The Herald-Dispatch. February 25, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "JustinMcElroy". Polygon. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Stark, Chelsea (October 25, 2012). "Veteran Game Journalists Unite to Launch Vox's 'Polygon'". Mashable. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  9. ^ LizardRock (April 25, 2018). "The McElroy Brothers Leave Polygon". Gamerz Unite. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  10. ^ a b McElroy, Justin; McElroy, Griffin (April 24, 2018). "It's a Departure". Polygon. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Cusimano, Lauren (June 12, 2018). "Podcaster Justin McElroy on My Brother, My Brother and Me and Their First Phoenix Show". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Lavender, Dave (November 14, 2010). "McElroy brothers find success with podcast". The Herald-Dispatch. HD Media Company, LLC. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  13. ^ E.g. "The best podcasts of 2012". The A.V. Club. The Onion. December 14, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  14. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (February 22, 2017). "Review: 'My Brother, My Brother and Me' Has Advice From Three Modern Stooges". The New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  15. ^ Garrett, Martin (August 7, 2017). "Seeso Sells Harmonquest, MBMBAM and More to the VRV Streaming Platform". Paste. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sawbones". maximumfun.org. Maximum Fun. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  17. ^ Rife, Katie (June 25, 2018). "Urine luck, Sawbones fans: Justin and Sydnee wrote a book, and we've got the exclusive". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  18. ^ McElroy, Justin; McElroy, Dr. Sydnee (October 9, 2018). The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine. Weldon Owen. ISBN 978-1681883816.
  19. ^ Faires, Rosalind (October 13, 2017). "Into The Adventure Zone With Griffin McElroy". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  20. ^ Hoover, Natalie (June 14, 2018). "'The Adventure Zone' Podcast Is Getting Its Own Graphic Novel". Study Breaks. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  21. ^ McMillan, Graeme (July 26, 2018). "'Adventure Zone' Graphic Novel Tops New York Times' Trade Fiction Best-Seller List". The Hollywood Reporter.
  22. ^ "The Adventure Zone | First Second Books".
  23. ^ "Till Death Do Us Blart". Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  24. ^ "The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2". trolls2.libsyn.com. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "Justin McElroy on Twitter".
  27. ^ "Monster Factory". Polygon. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  28. ^ a b W, Nico (June 6, 2016). "Is Monster Factory the Funniest Series on YouTube?". The Mary Sue. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  29. ^ "@midnight featuring Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  30. ^ Shin, Chang-woo (animation director); Dave Alegre & Haewon Lee (storyboard artists) (November 17, 2017). "Villains Night Out". OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. Season 1. Episode 41. Cartoon Network.
  31. ^ "Slug Riot". Cartoon Hangover. Frederator. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  32. ^ "100ft Robot Golf on Steam". Steam. Retrieved August 2, 2018.