Morris and Thorn met at University of California, Santa Cruz in 2000. Alongside "Big Time" Gene O'Neil, they hosted The Sound of Young America, a comedy variety radio show, on KZSC. O'Neill left in 2003, as did Morris in 2004. After this, Morris continued the show solo.
The pair would later start a comedy podcast in 2006, originally titled The Untitled Thorn/Morris Project. A regular segment on the show was Judge John Hodgman, in which author John Hodgman makes decisions on petty personal disputes. This was spun off into a full show in 2010.