“Maybe I’ll bring her a big Toblerone.”
A few years back, Jayden Smith starred alongside Desus and Mero in Ezra Koenig’s animated series for Netflix, Neo Yokio — and its festival special Pink Christmas. Smith played the lead Kaz Kaan, while the Bodega Boys played his socialite friends Lexy and Gottlieb.
After a brief chat about voter registration (important!), the three had a big reminisce about the show on Showtime’s Desus and Mero, and the Big Toblerone meme that came out of it — the triangular chocolate inexplicably pops up many times in the show, and Kaz has a habit of bringing them to people in emotional moments. Skip to around the 8:20 mark for Neo Yokio chats.
“We all didn’t get to record together but just hearing your voices in the show and all of us in our back and forth it just feels so awesome and just funny,” says Smith. “And the amount of people that handed me big Toblerones on the street…I didn’t think that was going to happen like that, but that was the meme.”
“There is a community online of people who are obsessed with Neo Yokio,” says Desus. “They’ve created fan fic about it, they’ve got memes. And they know nothing of our show [Desus and Mero]. Every now and then they’ll put two and two together and they’ll see it and be like, ‘Wait a minute, he sounds like Gottlieb!'”