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,” and as the co-founder of the video game journalism website “Polygon.” But before all this, McElroy worked as a journalist for Ironton Tribune first as a reporter then rising to news editor. He then left and joined a video gaming blog where he was the producer of the “Joystiq” podcast. It was here that his journey to becoming a fully-fledged podcaster began.
November 8, 1980
Justin McElroy first worked as a journalist at the “Ironton Tribune” in 2005 and he moved to “Joystiq” where he was the producer of the Joystiq podcast from 2007 to 2012. After his stint at Joystiq, McElroy partnered with his brothers Griffin and Christopher Grant to co-found a video game website called Polygon. In 2018, McElroy and his brother both announced their departure from “Polygon,” to focus on their podcasting careers and families.
Since 2010, McElroy has co-hosted the comedy podcast “My Brother, My Brother and Me” along with his brothers Griffin and Travis. The podcast takes the form of a humorous advice show, in which the brothers answer questions directly submitted by listeners and questions that listeners have found on Yahoo! Answers. Since 2013, Justin and his wife Sydnee have co-hosted the podcast “Sawbones,” where they made a humorous exploration of medical history, focusing on the many ways the medical community has been wrong in the past. In 2018, they also published a book based on this podcast, “The Sawbones Book: The Horrifying, Hilarious Road To Modern Medicine.”
In 2015, McElroy and his brother began hosting a gaming comedy show for “Polygon,” called “Monster Factory.” In the series, they use powerful character creation tools from popular video and computer games to create hideous characters. It was praised as one of the funniest series on YouTube but had to be paused for a while after the brothers left “Polygon.” The series resumed its production in December of 2018. He also appeared as a voice actor in several animated T.V. shows.
McElroy starts working for the “Ironton Tribune” as a reporter.
McElroy starts working at a video gaming blog called Joystiq where he produces the podcast.
McElroy co-hosts the "My Brother, My Brother and Me" podcast with his brothers.
The podcast becomes a television show.
McElroy launches "The Empty Bowl," a meditative podcast about cereal with Dan Goubert, writer of the "Cerealously" blog.
Why We Love Justin McElroy
He has great podcast tips
McElroy gives great podcast tips. He always says that if you’re doing a remote podcast, it’s worth it to record audio locally and mix it. We are sure he knows what he is talking about so we should trust him on this one.
He has great relational tips
According to McElroy, you should use people’s names and ask questions to become more likable. You should make the person you are talking to feel important without empty flattery.
He is all about exercising empathy
McElroy also says that empathy is the final step of maturity. It can take some work, but you’ll be shocked at how much easier the world is to navigate when you remember to use it.
5 Surprising Facts
The podcast was an immediate hit
In 2010, McElroy’s podcast with his brothers was consistently in the top 10 on iTunes.
He played some strange roles
In the first R.P.G. campaign he played on the podcast, McElroy was an elf-wizard.
The Berries and Cream Soundtrack
McElroy is responsible for adding the sound "Berries and Cream" from 2007 on TikTok.
The millipede that has his name
In 2021, a newly discovered species of millipede was named Nannaria McElroyorum in recognition of the McElroy family's podcasts, which entertained the scientists during their fieldwork.
He received a journalism award
In 2006, McElroy received an award from the Associated Press in recognition of his work at the Ironton Tribune.
Justin McElroy FAQs
Why is Justin McElroy called Juice?
As a baby, McElroy drooled all the time while teething which earned him this nickname.
Are Travis and Justin McElroy twins?
No, Justin is three years older.
What is Justin McElroy’s tattoo?
It is a Triforce of Wisdom from The Legend of Zelda tattoo that he has on the back of his right calf.
Justin McElroy’s birthday dates