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Justin McElroy

Justin McElroy
Born (1980-11-08) November 8, 1980 (age 39)[1]
EducationMarshall University
OccupationWriter, actor, podcaster, journalist
Years active2007-present
Known forCo-founder of Polygon
Notable work
(m. 2006)
Children2
Parent(s)
Relatives
AwardsShorty Award (Best in Video Games, 2008)
Websitejustinmcelroy.wordpress.com

Justin Tyler McElroy ( MAC-ilroy, 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) and as co-founder of the video game journalism website Polygon.

Early and personal life

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, and lives in Huntington as of 2011.[3][2] He has been married to Dr. Sydnee Smirl McElroy since 2006.[3][4] They have two children: Charlie Gail "Chuck" McElroy (born August 12, 2014)[5] and Cooper Renee McElroy (born February 13, 2018).[6]

Career

Journalism

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]

Podcasting

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]

In 2014, the McElroy brothers launched a tabletop role-playing game podcast entitled The Adventure Zone.[16] Initially focusing on Dungeons & Dragons, the show began to explore other game systems in later seasons. During the first campaign, subtitled Balance, Justin McElroy portrays Taako, an elf wizard. In the second campaign, Amnesty, Justin portrays Wayne "Duck" Newton. He is currently acting as Dungeon Master in the show's third campaign, Graduation.

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, and was published by First Second Books in 2018.[17] The book topped the New York Times' best-selling trade fiction list, becoming the first graphic novel to do so.[18] It was followed by a second graphic novel, Murder on the Rockport Limited!, in 2019, and a third installment, Petals to the Metal, in 2020.[19][20]

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.[21][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.[22][23]

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[24] 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.[25][26]

In 2018, Justin McElroy launched The Empty Bowl, a "meditative podcast about cereal".[27]

Other programs

Beginning in 2015, Justin and his brother Griffin began hosting a gaming comedy show for Polygon called Monster Factory.[28][29] 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".[29] 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.[30]

Voice acting

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.[31] In 2018, he appeared in the Cartoon Hangover-produced animated mini-series Slug Riot.[32] He also provided voice commentary for the 2017 video game 100ft Robot Golf, along with Griffin and Travis.[33] In September 2018, following a successful podcasting campaign, Justin and his brothers confirmed that they would be voicing the character Skyscraper in the film Trolls World Tour, with Justin also voicing Techno Drop Button and Tumbleweed.[26]

References

  1. ^ "Justin McElroy | Authors". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b Mayne, Rick (2011). "Super Clint". Huntington Quarterly (73). Archived from the original on June 23, 2018. Retrieved 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 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 2018.
  7. ^ "JustinMcElroy". Polygon. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ Stark, Chelsea (October 25, 2012). "Veteran Game Journalists Unite to Launch Vox's 'Polygon'". Mashable. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ LizardRock (April 25, 2018). "The McElroy Brothers Leave Polygon". Gamerz Unite. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ a b McElroy, Justin; McElroy, Griffin (April 24, 2018). "It's a Departure". Polygon. Retrieved 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 2018.
  12. ^ a b Lavender, Dave (November 14, 2010). "McElroy brothers find success with podcast". The Herald-Dispatch. HD Media Company, LLC. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ E.g. "The best podcasts of 2012". The A.V. Club. The Onion. December 14, 2012. Retrieved 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 2018.
  15. ^ Garrett, Martin (August 7, 2017). "Seeso Sells Harmonquest, MBMBAM and More to the VRV Streaming Platform". Paste. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ Faires, Rosalind (October 13, 2017). "Into The Adventure Zone With Griffin McElroy". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Hoover, Natalie (June 14, 2018). "'The Adventure Zone' Podcast Is Getting Its Own Graphic Novel". Study Breaks. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ McMillan, Graeme (July 26, 2018). "'Adventure Zone' Graphic Novel Tops New York Times' Trade Fiction Best-Seller List". The Hollywood Reporter.
  19. ^ "Exclusive: First look at interiors of 'The Adventure Zone' sequel 'Murder on the Rockport Limited'". EW.com. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "Petals to the Metal: Get a wild first look at the next Adventure Zone graphic novel". EW.com. Archived from the original on October 7, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ "Sawbones". maximumfun.org. Maximum Fun. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ 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 2018.
  23. ^ McElroy, Justin; McElroy, Dr. Sydnee (October 9, 2018). The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine. Weldon Owen. ISBN 978-1681883816.
  24. ^ "Till Death Do Us Blart". Retrieved 2017.
  25. ^ "The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2". trolls2.libsyn.com. Retrieved 2017.
  26. ^ a b Bradley, Laura (September 11, 2018). "The Unbelievable True Story of How Three Podcasters Trolled Their Way into Trolls 2". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "Justin McElroy on Twitter".
  28. ^ "Monster Factory". Polygon. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ a b W, Nico (June 6, 2016). "Is Monster Factory the Funniest Series on YouTube?". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ "@midnight featuring Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy". Retrieved 2017.
  31. ^ 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.
  32. ^ "Slug Riot". Cartoon Hangover. Frederator. Retrieved 2018.
  33. ^ "100ft Robot Golf on Steam". Steam. Retrieved 2018.

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