Rhett James McLaughlin (born October 11, 1977) and Charles Lincoln “Link” Neal III (born June 1, 1978), known professionally as Rhett & Link, are an American comedy duo. Self-styled as “Internetainers” (portmanteau of “Internet” and “entertainers”), they are known for creating and hosting the YouTube series Good Mythical Morning. Their other notable projects include comedic songs and sketches, their IFC series Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, their YouTube Premium series Rhett and Link’s Buddy System, their podcast Ear Biscuits, their novel The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, and their acquisition of Smosh.
Early life and career
Rhett and Link met on September 4, 1984, the date they started first grade at Buies Creek Elementary School in Buies Creek, Harnett County, North Carolina. They subsequently wrote a song and made a documentary about this meeting: Looking for Ms. Locklear. In an interview on The Tonight Show, they stated that they had to stay in during recess because both of them had written swear words on their desks. They were given coloring books to fill out with mythical creatures (such as unicorns), hence their YouTube channel name, Good Mythical Morning.
At age fourteen, they wrote a screenplay entitled Gutless Wonders and began shooting a film based on it. They shot only a couple of scenes, and the film was never finished. This screenplay ultimately was read in multiple episodes of Good Mythical Morning. In high school they shot a 25-minute film-parody on the tragedy of Oedipus Rex. Rhett was Oedipus, and Link was his father’s servant. Rhett and Link were both members of a Christian-punk rock band as teenagers known as “The Wax Paper Dogz”.
In 1996, they started college and were roommates at North Carolina State University, where Link studied industrial engineering and Rhett studied civil engineering. Rhett graduated magna cum laude in December 2000, and Link graduated summa cum laude in May 2001. They worked in their respective fields for a time, Link at IBM and Rhett at Black & Veatch. They also made videos and performed comedy sketches for a religious organization, Cru. During their time at Cru, they began developing their signature comedy style as a duo, subsequently deciding to become full-time entertainers.
Rhett & Link quit their jobs as engineers soon after graduating from college to shift their focus to their Christian evangelism with Cru. They made comedic videos for meetings and conferences after being inspired by the host at the first weekly Cru meeting they attended as freshmen at North Carolina State University. Later, they transitioned to making comedic YouTube videos full-time, without Christian ministry.
Under their production company Mythical Entertainment, the duo run a number of media properties, some starring themselves and some featuring other performers.
- The duo originally released comedy and musical videos on their main channel titled Rhett and Link. As new properties became more successful, the channel became inactive. The channel was revived in December in 2019 with the release of several vlogs.
- Their flagship program is the YouTube channel Good Mythical Morning (often shortened to GMM), which has over 8 billion views and 17.7 million subscribers as of July 2022. It is a talk show airing daily during the week, although in the summer, using the title “Good Mythical Summer”, they produce three episodes per week.
- Good Mythical MORE (often shortened to GMMore) is the show’s secondary channel, with new episodes released simultaneously with Good Mythical Morning. The shows are meant to be watched directly after GMM and is described as the “show after the show”. It features a more unscripted, laid-back feeling, and usually expands upon topics covered in Good Mythical Morning. The channel had over 3.97 million subscribers and over 982 million views as of December 2020,
- Mythical Kitchen (formerly This is Mythical, and Mythical), is a cooking channel hosted by Josh Scherer, the head chef on the show. He is supported by other chefs such as Nicole Enayati (née Hendizadeh), Trevor Evarts, and Vianai “Vi” Austin, as well as guest appearances by other members of the Mythical crew. The channel has a number of series on cooking unusual items, such as expensive versions of fast food, or homemade versions of popular snacks. Under earlier iterations, it featured bonus and behind the scenes videos, but has most recently been used for videos produced by and starring their crew. It has over 1.5 million subscribers and over 97 million views as of December 2020.
- Mythical Bits (formerly The Hey Hey Show) consists of skits from Rhett and Link.
- Mythical.com is the merchandising arm of Mythical Entertainment, selling Mythical and Rhett and Link branded products.
- The Mythical Society is the Rhett and Link fan club.
- Mythical also produces a number of podcasts.
- Ear Biscuits is a filmed podcast hosted by McLaughlin and Neal that has both audio versions that are released on various podcasting platforms, as well as a filmed version. It was originally presented on the GMM channel but was transferred to this channel on January 7, 2019. It has over 254,000 subscribers and more than 3 million views.
- A Hotdog is a Sandwich is a weekly audio-only podcast by Josh Scherer and Nicole Enayati of the Mythical Kitchen team, centering each episode on a different food-related debate.
- Trevor Talks Too Much is a weekly audio and video podcast hosted by Trevor Evarts of the Mythical Kitchen team. Each episode features an interview-style discussion with Trevor and popular young creators, streamers, musicians, athletes, and more.
- Dispatches from Myrtle Beach is a weekly audio-only podcast started in June 2022 and hosted by Link Neal and his father Charles Neal, who lives in Myrtle Beach.
- Best Friends Back, Alright! is a weekly audio-only podcast started in March 2022 and hosted by executive producer Stevie Wynne Levine and her high school best friend Neagheen Homaifar.
Awards and nominations
In 2009, Rhett & Link were named No. 22 on Business Insider’s Top 25 Most Creative People in Advertising List. In September of the same year, they joined the Collective, a media company in Los Angeles. In 2014, the Rhett & Link YouTube Channel was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at No. 35.
Rhett and Link now live in La Crescenta-Montrose, California, in the Los Angeles metro area, where together they run a production company named Mythical Entertainment, located in Burbank. Rhett and his wife, Jessie, have two sons. Link and his wife, Christy, have two sons and a daughter.
McLaughlin and Neal were both raised as Christians and previously worked as full-time missionaries while attending college. In 2020, both men described their changes in faith in separate episodes of their podcast Ear Biscuits. Both said they are no longer evangelical Christians, with Rhett saying he would call himself “a hopeful agnostic” and Link saying he would call himself “an agnostic who wants to be hopeful”.
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