Today’s blog post is going to be about my favourite YouTube duo, Rhett and Link.
In order to enjoy this blog post, you will need:
- A sense of humour
- Access to YouTube
- Time to kill (actually, this isn’t necessary, but this WILL consume your time)
- To channel your inner mythical beast
- To appreciate the weird and wonderful
For those of you who may not know, Rhett and Link are ‘Internetainers’ predominantly based on YouTube. They are best known for their daily talk show, Good Mythical Morning, which is currently running its tenth season and recently surpassed 1000 episodes over the 4 1/2 years in which it has run.
In total, Rhett and Link have 4 YouTube Channels, which are:
Good Mythical Morning (aka GMM) – their daily talk show that runs Monday to Friday. I’m not really sure how to describe the awesomeness that is GMM other than to link you some of their very best later on in this post! 😀 One feature that is always part of GMM episodes is the Wheel of Mythicality. At the end of every episode, the wheel is spun (usually by Link) until it lands on one of the segments, which can be a skit, a uni-song, a shoutout or something else hilarious. Fans can send in their Wheel of Mythicality intros to be featured on the show and also tweet wheel endings to go on the wheel.
Also featured on the GMM channel on Saturdays is Good Mythical Crew, which is like a behind-the-scenes for the episodes of that week, so you can see what the crew does in preparation 😀
Good Mythical MORE (aka GMMore) – what happens after the camera stops rolling for GMM; an aftershow if you will. I think that GMMore is a show of its own – the episode tend to be less edited but they still do cool stuff like open mail or get around to doing extra stuff they can’t in the official episode. This also features the crew more than a typical GMM video, which is always fun!
Rhett & Link – their original channel that was used back when they only made comedy music videos, commercials and skits. I love so many of their songs and sketches, but I will go into more detail later 🙂
EXTRAS – RhettandLink – their 4th and final channel has a load of additional clips, behind-the-scenes and other little-unseen gems 🙂
Update: As of 2017, their 4th Channel is now named ‘This is Mythical’ which contains ‘Ten Foot Tall’ a show made by some of the crew members and Rhett and Link’s Podcast, ‘Ear Biscuits.’
Rhett McLaughlin and Charles ‘Link’ Neal III met in 1984 on the first day of first grade, when they were both kept in by their teachers for writing ‘profanities’ (not really, just by children’s standards!) on their desks. At this time they lived in Buies Creek, North Carolina. They were forced to colour in mythical beasts such as unicorns, and through that, they became best friends. This is why their fans are now called Mythical Beasts!
They had the same first and second girlfriends (though not at the same time) and they attended school together, even ending up as roommates at NC State University whilst they studied to be engineers (Link: Industrial; Rhett: Civil).
Aged 14, they wrote their first (unfinished) screenplay, called Gutless Wonders – although this was never made, later on in their lives, it was put together as a YouTube video in which fans filmed segments of the screenplay that were arranged as a montage. You can find that here – Gutless Wonders: The Movie. They briefly worked in their respective fields but soon quit their jobs to make videos full-time. They made commercials for companies whilst writing original comedy songs.
Link married Christy in 2000 and they have 3 children. Rhett married Jessie in 2001 and they have 2 children. They briefly worked in their respective fields but soon quit their jobs to make videos full-time. Then, they made commercials for companies whilst writing original comedy songs for their first channel. Their first video was posted on the Rhett & Link channel on July 24, 2006 (over TEN years ago!). It was called ‘The Dam‘.
They moved to Burbank, California in 2013. And they haven’t looked back since, setting up Mythical Entertainment together, making music videos, sketches, advertisements, web shows and even a high budget production for YouTube Red: Rhett and Link’s Buddy System.
June 2017 Update: Buddy System’s 2nd Series is currently in production!
Ear Biscuits – A weekly podcast that ran for 86 episodes (1 hour+), over 2 seasons. Almost all featured a special YouTuber guest to talk about topics. These podcasts have a tendency to include more adult themes and swearing. These are NOT found in the YouTube videos as GMM is more of a family show (to be watched people of Rhett and Link’s children’s ages and above). These can be found for free on Soundcloud 🙂
Looking for Ms Locklear (2008) – This was an award-winning documentary in which Rhett and Link set out to find their first-grade teacher, retracing their childhoods back to when they first met.
The Mythical Show (2013) – like an extended version of GMM, this can be found on the GMM YouTube Channel. It was a 30-minute show in a format that included special guests, a live studio audience, songs, sketches & more. I personally LOVED the Mythical Show and wish it had run longer 😦 This song ‘Have You Ever’ is my absolute jam! It is hilarious 😀
Rhett and Link: Commercial Kings (2011) – Following the success of a web show called ‘I Love Local Commercials,’ in which Rhett and Link produced free commercials for local businesses selected by the public, Rhett and Link were given their own show on IFC. In this show, they would produce low-budget commercials with behind-the-scenes. Sadly, this only ran for one season, but was still loved by many Rhett and Link fans 🙂 ❤
Rhett and Link’s Buddy System (2016) – Rhett and Link’s latest production was a high-budget (we’re talking film budget, here) show that was funded by YouTube. This can only be found on YouTube Red (a paid monthly subscription that allows you to have ad-free YouTube and view paid for shows + more) or if you pay for the episodes individually. The trailer looks awesome and the first episode was made available to all on the Good Mythical Morning channel. Every Sunday, they have been releasing new songs from the show and every Wednesday a new episode premieres on YouTube Red. The latest song (as of 31 October 2016) is BFF. I am addicted to the song and the dance moves are just amazing!
And here is the trailer, of course…
So, why does this matter? Because these two people entertain me and brighten up my day every single morning. They make me laugh when I have been in the worst mood. They are just wonderful at making other people smile. I think that they teach you not to take life too seriously 😀 I don’t think you can say that about many people in this world! They are witty and clever in their entertainment, yet underline the importance of certain topics and highlight the issues in society in a funny way that helps to address these.
Read this statement by me that explains in full detail why I love Rhett and Link and all that they do:
I have decided that there are some ESSENTIAL videos that you should watch in order to begin to be addicted to Rhett and Link and their videos 🙂 I’m going to highlight my absolute favourite videos, and then make a playlist of a few other must-watch videos. I’ll be surprised if you don’t all become super addicted like I am!
Cooking in the Bathroom Challenge
This was one of the first videos I ever watched of Rhett and Link’s. This is a GMM episode where Rhett and Link make breakfast out of items found in the bathroom. I think my favourite part is the flat-iron cakes, but I just thought they were so creative in the methods they used to make (a pretty decent) breakfast.
2 Guys 600 Pillows (Backwards)
This video on the Rhett & Link Channel is actually amazing! It’s a song called ‘My Favourite Pillow’ about learning the truth about the nasties in your favourite pillow and in spite of your memories, letting it go. The very best part of this is the fact that Rhett and Link had to sing the song BACKWARDS in order to film the song. I think something like that takes true dedication as a creator. The song is so catchy and the video turned out AMAZING! ❤
This is another song on the Rhett & Link Channel, and it was made using jump-cut effects. It is also known as ‘Photoshop Your Memories.’ The use of different canvasses that appear to snap together is very clever. I also like the fact that it addresses the fact that some people use photoshop to alter the way they appear to others; to fit into the standards of society. My favourite line is ‘A picture’s worth a thousand words, so a few white lies shouldn’t hurt…’
The Graduation Song
The Graduation Song music video was filmed all in one take for the Mythical Show; however, the song first came from a musical performance and speech that Rhett and Link did when they came back to their old high school. I enjoyed both so much, so I’m going to include both videos below. I like how they are trying to warn graduates of the struggle that they will be facing in adulthood in a comical way. The lyrics, of course, are very catchy, as well as the melody and harmony.
Will It? Series
A regular feature on GMM is the Will It? Series that is when Rhett and Link try interesting food combinations to see if they will or won’t. The first one I believe was Will it Taco? but other episodes have included:
- Will it Deep Fry?
- Will it Ice-Cream Sandwich?
- Will it Burger?
- And many more…
And my final recommendation (though it was SO tough to choose!) is…
“Never Wet” Our Pants
In this episode of GMM, Rhett and Link test a product called “Never Wet” that stops items that it is sprayed on from getting wet. Rhett and Link have fun applying this to Link’s outfit, (Rhett is the control) and pouring various substances, such as wine and mustard on themselves to see the effect. I love how excited they were in this episode and I found the last part even funnier because of how epically they failed! 😀
If you found those interesting, please check out their channels, but also check out my essential Rhett & Link Playlist here.
As you can see, I put SO MUCH effort into this blog post! If you could watch some of the videos and offer some feedback, that would be amazing! ❤
So I will leave you with something Link often says at the end of the show:
Thanks for being your mythical best! ❤ 😀