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Actor / EntertainerA Brief Season of Mirth

Dec 2nd 2016 by NickOfferman • 38 Questions • 5086 Points

Howdy Reddit, we are indie pop trio Jukebox the Ghost here to answer all of your questions!

A bit about us; we have been a band for over a decade and we are releasing a live album this Friday (12/2) called Long Way Home. We hope you will enjoy :)

PROOF https://www.instagram.com/p/BNXbMZjB-Do/?hl=en

OKAY EVERYONE>>> THAT"S IT!!

Even with all three of us a different computers frantically typing we couldn't get to all of your questions but we had so much fun! Thank you for joining us here... we love you all dearly. So nice to hear from so many of you who have been listening to us for so long.

UNTIL THE NEXT TIME!

-Ben, Tommy, and Jesse

Q:

You seem very much at peace with yourself and with life. Do you have any suggestions for those of us, like myself, struggling with their temper and lack of patience?

A:

What's YOUR daily routine?


Q:

Do you have a full list of where each song was performed from the live album?

Thanks for doing the AMA you guys are the best!

EDIT: I went to the Boston Show last year with u/robowtie (doesn't actually have Reddit) thanks for being our favorite band 😄 keep on doing your thing!

A:

This is a very good question. I am indeed grateful that I have somehow been blessed with a relatively complacent disposition. I don't tend to get stressed about much of anything. That said, when the forces of the world seem to be conspiring to spill my milk, I am generally able to avoid crying over the puddle by altering my gaze from the spilt milk to something that pleases me, like my gorgeous wife and all the goodness with which she fills my life, or my redoubtable friends and their inspiring children, or my stalwart family members, or the nearest dog, or a Sycamore. Every time you take a deep breath and maintain your temper, your power is increased.


Q:

6:30AM - alarm goes off, hit snooze. 6:39AM - alarm goes off, hit snooze. 6:48AM - alarm goes off, hit snooze. 6:57AM - alarm goes off, hit snooze. 7:05AM - get up JUST BEFORE alarm goes off again. 7:06AM - scratch itchy parts. 7:07AM - brush teeth 7:08AM - scratch itchy parts. 7:09AM - decide it's not worth it. 7:10AM - return to bed. 12:05PM - get up again on my own accord, not when some frickin' alarm tells me to. I am my own man! 12:08PM - watch both Hobbits and all three LOTR's. - Rhett

A:

HELLO!!!

We do have it all documented - it ended up being mostly Boston and Philly with a bunch of others tossed in there.

Thanks for being part of the AMA!

-ben


Q:

Do you have a preferred wood when making cutting boards?

A:

How much longer do you plan on continuing Good Mythical Morning?


Q:

HI! It's Maggie. We were floormates at GW. JUST WANTED TO SAY HI. I love watching you guys soar and kickass and be generally awesome. Tommy- can I get a JTG drawing of you three as Colonial Georges?!?!

A:

Flaccid to semi.


Q:

until it has run its course. - Rhett

A:

HI MAGGIE!!!!! HOWS IT GOING!?!?!?!?

-Ben


Q:

I can't grow a beard. What do I do?

A:

Have you ever punched each other in the face?


Q:

Hey! I love you guys and come to your shows whenever you are in Tampa. My question is how was your experience recording a live album?

Also, Tommy, can you please draw JBTG as a band of platypus sometime?

A:

Get into hats.


Q:

Punched, no. Slapped, yes. - Rhett

A:

YEAH TOMMY>>> PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

-ben


Q:

Hello Mr. Nick Offerman,

As someone who shares your enjoyment of crafting something with your own hands.

Why do you think manual labor jobs or skilled trades are looked down upon today?

A:

I've always wondered, do both of your families spend holidays together? Such as thanksgiving and Christmas?


Q:

I wanted to buy your ghost imprinted socks, but I'm not a fan of white socks and how dingy they get rather quickly. How about black socks with white ghosts? Ghosts are white anyway. Just a thought!

A:

This is a great question, and has a lot to do with why many "rural" or "blue collar" Americans have come to feel disenfranchised. Wendell Berry is great on this topic, telling us that we have been sold a bill of goods since the Industrial Revolution, that working with our hands is somehow beneath us, or less valid than working in an office. This disregard for "the trades" is partly responsible for our nation's disinterest in who makes our goods/grows our food and where they do it, which is shameful. This is why I encourage my audience to make things with their hands, whether it's furniture or clothing or crockery or food or music or blacksmithing or orgasms. These are all things we can make with our lands to enlarge our lives, strengthen our communities, and enrich our experience without ever needing to consult a shopping mall or website.


Q:

Since moving to CA, we've done Thanksgiving together each year (along with other LA based friends). But, even though we both go home to NC for Christmas each year, we almost never see each other there. That's pretty much all the family time we have with folks back home, so we try to give them all our time. If we happen to see each other, we pass by one another without speaking. - Rhett

A:

yeah i agree


Q:

Besides your newest book of course, what are your favorite books?

Basically, what do you recommend if I want to be like you?

A:

Since you guys do a lot of game show style shows on GMM, I'm wondering what would be your dream game show to compete on?


Q:

Is there an official recording of Hold It In Deluxe Supreme* (I am ashamed) as a secret track on this album?

Love your music. Additionally, you guys have played on tour with more of my favorite artists. Ben Folds and The Family Crest, to name a few. Do you guys have any favorite tour-mates?

A:

Some books I love: All by Wendell Berry but especially (for starters) - THE MEMORY OF OLD JACK, FIDELITY, THE UNSETTLING OF AMERICA, OUR ONLY WORLD, A TIMBERED CHOIR All by George Saunders but especially - THE TENTH OF DECEMBER, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO (coming in Feb.), THE BRAINDEAD MEGA[HONE, CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE Sarah Vowell's several titles, like LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES Neil Gaiman - start with Sandman then continue through his fiction Matt Crawford - SHOPCLASS AS SOULCRAFT, THE WORLD BEYOND YOUR HEAD

RECENT PLEASURES: Ian McEwan's latest - NUTSHELL Peter Wohlleben - THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES Eric Ruthkow - AMERICAN CANOPY Ed MClanahan - THE NATURAL MAN Patti Smith - JUST KIDS, (M TRAIN on the pile)


Q:

We're still waiting for our call from Wheel of Fortune to appear on their "best friends" episode. ABC holler at us! - Rhett & Link

A:

We released Hold It In Supreme just to our Kickstarter backers.. but we may chose to make it public at some point.

My favorite tour-mates are Tommy and Jesse.

-ben


Q:

How do you recommend that someone take their first step into the world of woodworking? It seems like a hobby that needs a lot of expensive tools, even for the beginner/amateur.

Also, is there anything you made in your early days that makes you laugh or cringe now that you have so much experience under your tool belt?

A:

Why did you and your families decide to homeschool your kids? Love the show, guys!


Q:

Hey tommy, it's Sy! First off, I love seeing you guys succeed. Congrats on the ever increasing success.

Back in Rome, you used to play beady eyes on acoustic. I could have sworn there were more verses than ultimately made it to the album. Am I right? If so, can you share a recording of the complete song?

Hope all is well buddy

A:

A woodworking discipline can be undertaken inexpensively by focusing upon hand-tool projects. Spoon-carving, for example, or crafting canoe paddles, can be practiced with a much lighter outlay of cash than operations requiring machinery (& the commensurate space and materials). I recommend that you seek out a local sawyer and just go look at some of their favorite material. By a small board of hardwood, cut it to a pleasing size with a handsaw, sand it to a level that you find pleasing and then oil it. It could become a coaster, or a cutting board, or a board upon which to serve cheeses like Gruyere the very best cheese and cured meats. Once you make sweet love to a mere rectangle of local hardwood, you will be hooked and then you will begin to strategize what more you can do with this charismatic material. Pt.2) I have made many mistakes and will continue to do so. I laugh more than cringe because if I'm stumbling that means that I'm in the race. To wit, I adore this New Year's quote from Neil Gaiman: "I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."


Q:

We wanted to keep them sheltered from the real world and fully control their thoughts and actions.

Actually, we did it because we liked the flexibility it offered due to our unpredictable schedules, and our wives wanted to be more directly involved in our kids education. - Rhett

A:

Sy! Holy shit! Hi/how are you??

There totally were more lyrics...Good memory. I never did a recording of it though!

(for anyone that's not me and Sy looking at this, I should add that we were apartment-mates when I studied abroad in Rome. I bought a crappy guitar while I was out there and wrote all of the end-of-the-world stuff while traveling/busking/bumming around Italy)

(fun times)

-Tommy


Q:

How often do you actually use that canoe you made? I would have a hard time risking damage to something I spent so much time on.

A:

How did you guys react to watching Shepard say that he wanted a newborn baby's heart in the Jack in the box? Lol.


Q:

With only the base set, the buy options are always the same, so if you play with the same group people might settle in on strategies that they like (though the dice do introduce randomness). That's especially true for two-player games.

If you grab an expansion or two, however, the piles get randomly chosen (with a few rules to make sure that all die rolls are potentially meaningful) which changes things up a lot.

Even then, it's probably not quite as highly replayable as those two games, but that's a very high standard to meet.

Since I have your attention, I'd also like to thank you for all of the beautiful music. I've had some rough times in the past year or two, and your music has taken turns being a refuge and a way for me to express and process when I'm ready to.

And now, back to your previously scheduled board-game tangent.

A:

I use my canoe not nearly often enough because I am a workaholic and the use of my canoe Huckleberry requires the time to travel to a river or lake, neither of which we have in Los Angeles, to speak of. However, I greatly enjoy putting scratches on my beautiful hull, as that's the whole point of building a boat - adventure! I would feel like a fool if I spent so much time working on constructing that magical watercraft only to see it sit unblemished in storage, longing to be on the water braving the elements, gliding past trees and deer and waterfalls...a canoe is not furniture. If you want your flawless woodworking to impress passers-by and remain pristine, perhaps you might assay a Queen Anne highboy.


Q:

I laughed a lot, and swelled with pride as a father. - Rhett

A:

Love this... makes it extra worth it.

Thanks for the rec... got xmas coming up. One of my fav things to do is get my family a game (that i know I want to learn) and then make them play it with me.


Q:

Howdy! Can you please give us some background on the video for "Cocaine" by FIDLAR? It's one of your finest performances in my personal opinion, and totally underrated.

Video

A:

Hi !! I have a stupid question for you guys. Have you ever had to film a Good Mythical Morning episode twice because you didn't like the first version? If not, have you ever published an episode you didn't quite like but posted it anyway since it was already done? For the record, i love every single one of them. And congratulations on Buddy System!


Q:

Want to do a game night?

A:

Thank you for this fine review. FIDLAR (Fuck it dog, life's a risk) members Elvis and Max Keane are friends of ours, and they mentioned that they would enjoy doing a video together if I ever had any desire to do so. I was later reading an article about a show of theirs at which the lead singer was purported to have been urinating onstage, which I thought sounded appropriately punk, and gave me the idea to do a video about a man (played by me) who meets life's bad news head-on with an irreverent and disturbingly powerful stream of urine. A clever young sprout by the name of Ryan Baxley shot it all in one day around Los Angeles, mostly in Mount Washington. Very impressive.


Q:

There have been a handful of eps that we've shot again because we didn't like something, but that usually involves us stopping in the middle and saying, "Let's start over." Out of 1000 eps, I'd say that's happened a dozen times. Also, there have been a couple of episodes where there was a technical problem (corrupt file, etc.) that we've had to shoot again. But, the vast majority of eps are exactly what happened the first time. - Rhett

A:

absolutely!


Q:

Shout out from /r/woodworking

Doing some serving trays for family/friends this Christmas, I've got some bubinga off cuts left over from previous projects, that I'm wanting to use in these. nothing crazy, simple strips from table saw then laminated together.

What other domestics/exotics do you think go good with bubinga?

A:

Hey guys, love the show. My question is; how long does it take to shoot an episode of GMM - on average?


Q:

Jukebox! You guys don't have many collaborations on your albums. Is there anyone you're dying to work with, or are you just three men, united by one supernatural being and an antiquated music player?

A:

I've enjoyed the chocolate browns in walnut complementing the reds in Bubinga, but really any wood in the spectrum from birch, beech or maple to the blackest wenge will be a nice pairing with it. A more colorful choice would be to bring in other species in the red color group like purple heart or red eucalyptus or mahogany or sapele...we tend to just pull scraps and small sticks and line them up together to go with our gut on color choices. My brother has some really sweet stripe combinations in his cribbage boards in our new book.


Q:

Shooting an episode is usually just about as long as the final product, unless it's a more involved episode with multiple setups. But the prep takes much longer than that (see Link's longer answer). - Rhett

A:

I appreciate your question but am unable to make sense of it.

We are Ben, Frankinsense and Mir. United by the great spaghetti monster and a casette-player. Desperate to collab with Celine Deon on an album of patriotic music.

-ben


Q:

Hi Mr. Offerman, as someone with no woodworking experience who is likely to inherit a TON of very nice woodworking tools at some point, what sort of novice projects do you recommend to build confidence in the craft?

A:

Do you guys plan on bringing back ear biscuits soon? Really loved that podcast.


Q:

Hey guys! I've been listening to you all for a couple years and saw you at the 9:30 club last year.

How do you decide what order the songs on a record will be in? Is it just random, or do you all have a special method?

Thanks!

A:

This will be just the thing: Build a large, sturdy crate on a trailer designed for road travel. This modern covered wagon will want to be impervious to the weather and also to thieves. I'm thinking a hardy pine, reclaimed if you can find it. For the best protection, finish it with a spar varnish containing UV protection so that the sun doesn't damage your handsome container. Once you have completed it, load it full of this bounty of tools, drive to Los Angeles and give them to me.


Q:

I wouldn't say sooooooon, per se. But we love the podcast format and hope we can find a way to work it in to our schedule in the future. - Rhett

A:

Tommy and I can be pretty picky when it comes to picking the track order of a record. There's no particular method to it but it's important to us to put each tune in a good spot that makes listening to the record enjoyable. A nice spread of ben and tommy tunes, throw in a mellow tune when the energy is getting tiresome. Some songs are just perfect openers and some perfect closers. The middle is tricky. Tommy and I actually each independently came up with the same exact track order for "Let Live & Let Ghosts" - Jesse


Q:

If a movie was made about your life, what other actor would you want to potray you?

A:

What did your family think of you having no beard Rhett ? Xx


Q:

did you guys have a "big break" moment?

A:

a mix of Oliver Reed, ERNEST BORGNINE, Kris Kristofferson, and Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter


Q:

I sent my mom a picture after I shaved, and she replied with "Poor baby. I still love you." - Rhett

A:

We don't think of any moment as being a 'big break' moment. We have had some important moments though... Playing on Letterman was huge (Donald Trump was the other guest (though that is not why the moment was huge for us)). First big supporting tour, which happened to be with Ben Folds was important as well.

-ben


Q:

Mr. Offerman, what are your thoughts on using japanese wood joining techniques? Also a followup, if you have never thought of this before would you be willing to give it a try?

A:

Were there any videos that you were particularly nervous to put up due to controversy or bad feedback?


Q:

What kind of bear is best?

A:

Japanese joinery is a pinnacle of human achievement. Western-style joints have a lot in common with those of Japan, it's just that they have taken the craft to an incredibly deep artistic level, whereas our standby joinery is pretty utilitarian. That's not to say that their work is not also serving specific utilities with aplomb, because it is. Their timber-framed temples containing zero hardware are masterpieces of engineering, employing joints that make allies of time and gravity so that they actually become stronger as the centuries tick by. In our new book, our shop boss Lee creates a really cool knockdown joint in her white oak bed that I would dare say is rather "Japanese".


Q:

GMM is not as controversial as some of our older videos, especially our local commercials which touched on resolving racial tension through furniture sales, or promoting a car selling gynecologist Cuban refugee. But, we've never been too nervous about creating controversy because that's not what our work is really about. - Rhett

A:

Teddy bear mostly.

Also nudists.

-ben


Q:

Mr. Offerman -- I am a very clumsy man who wants to get into some sort of craft, like woodworking. What can I use that will reduce the likelihood of me chopping off a finger?

A:

People change over time. Why do you think you guys have been able to be friends for so long?


Q:

A question for each of you:

If you were to be supervillains, what would your superpower be and why?

Also, pleaseeeee do another tour with The Family Crest, please and thank you.

A:

Your common sense.


Q:

We okay it with each other before we change.

hmm. I think it'd take a whole book to answer that question. _Link

A:

I would be the eggman... coocoo kaBLAM!

I would take eggs (fake of course, so as to be environmentally friendtly) and throw them at superheroes. I would have five arms - so i could throw many many eggs at once. Also I would be able to fly. I would use that ability to get to my fake egg factory in the clouds. I am cracking myself up.

-ben


Q:

What's the most feminine thing that you do?

A:

What was the worst "will it" episode to date?


Q:

Favorite song off the live album?

(Thanks for the AMA!)

A:

Win.


Q:

Hard to pick one specific moment, they all have their low points. Throwing something up into a custom barf bucket is a pretty consistent experience. - Rhett

A:

THE OFFICIAL RESPONSES, FOR PUBLIC RECORD

Jesse - Hollywood and Nobody.

Ben - Hold it in Supreme. Even though I know it's not actually on the album.

Tommy - Black Hole and Undeniable You.


Q:

Morning Mr. Offerman! I have two very important questions. 1. If you were an animal, what animal would you be? 2. What is your guilt pleasure that can make your day a little brighter?

A:

Hi guys! What is the worst injury you've suffered during the making of GMM? Also, will Rhett's massage song ever be released as a single?


Q:

A) Love you guys. Like a lot.

B) Ever care to do a Covers album? I cherish my copy of "I Love You, Always Forever" and would love to hear you guys do a lot more covers in your own style.

EDIT: C) Which would you consider your best album, and why is it "Everything Under the Sun"?

A:

1) I would enjoy life as a beaver, for the woodworking and cozy lodge lovemaking career. 2) My guilty pleasure is switching the radio from the news over to the Judge John Hodgman podcast. That estimable fake internet dignitary dispenses justice with admirable consideration for decency and good manners, and he's as funny and smart as a fellow might be.


Q:

Link gave me a bloody nose. Not on GMM, but during Epic Gun Battle. We've stunned each other with a stun cane a few times. But no serious injuries, thankfully.

As for the massage song, you're going to have to enjoy it in it's native GMM form for now. - Rhett

A:

A. thnxx!!!

B. Maybe! You're not the first to suggest it....

C. We haven't made our best album yet, duh!!! They all hold a special place in my heart because I'm equally sick of them all. But if I'm picking favorites for any reason: Let Live for originality, Everything for retro-ness, Safe Travels for consistency from top-to-bottom, self-titled for best arrangements and my two favorite songs in the catalog (Hollywood and Long Way)

-Tommy


Q:

What is your favorite beer?

A:

Hey! huge fan! My co-worker and I watch your shows (anything you guys make) every day. I wanted to ask how it feels to have come so far looking back at where it all started? I get a certain amount of excitement and dare I say pride following what you guys are up to and how successful you have become. And to do it all as life long best friends just makes it that much more special. Keep up the great work! :)


Q:

I loved when you name was "The Sunday Mail," why did you change it?

A:

My favorite beer at the moment is Snaggletooth Bandana or Whisper Kisses, both brewed by my brother Matt at Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville, Illinois. I also thrill to a jar of Pliny The Elder or Delirium Tremens.


Q:

The first cassette tape I ever owned was Weird Al's Even Worse. I learned all those songs by heart and thought it was hilarious. But I never actively thought "I could do that!" at the time. We're truly humbled that we make stuff that shapes the next wave of weirdos out there.

Now get back to work! -Link

A:

It was a bad name. Plus, every article that was written about us either had the headline "The Sunday Mail Delivers" or "The Sunday Mail Fails to Deliver", and we just couldn't bear the thought of that continuing for the rest of our theoretical career.

-Tommy


Q:

Ron Swanson is a man of carnivorous culinary excess. If you were framed,for murder and put on death row, what would be your last meal?

A:

Hey guys! Greetings from about 45 minutes north of Burbank! (Aka Lancaster) I have made you part of my daily routine for about 3 years now and it feels weird when I miss a day! My question for you guys is:

The two of you have been friends for a really long time. Do you have a favorite memory together? Rhett, what is one memory about Link that makes you laugh every time? Link, what is a memory about Rhett that makes you cringe every time?

Love you guys!


Q:

Heard you guys at the 9:30 club in DC last Spring, any chance you all will put out a recording of the live version of "Undeniable You"? It gave me chills and was amazing!!

A:

Megan Mullally


Q:

I think the blood oath we took in the cow pasture behind Keith Hills golf course is a favorite. We swore to "create something together" one day. (Not like a baby...like a movie.) But we seriously did take a blood oath around middle school age, not knowing specifically what we wanted to do. - Link

A:

That live version is on the live record! It's probably my favorite track on the whole thing.

-Tommy


Q:

Mr Offerman, where did you come up with idea for the build your own damn hatchet kit? As a person who bought one, I would just like to say I use it for everything so thank you.

A:

Have you ever had an interaction with a viewer that's made either yourselves or your families uncomfortable? You don't have to describe what happened I'm just curious :) Thanks!


Q:

I saw you guys almost 3 years ago in a little town called Red Bank where you played a free concert. It was spectacular. You guys signed my tshirt. Hopefully I can make it to another concert soon and get that shirt signed again because it's seriously starting to fade!

My question is, have you guys ever considered doing a concept album? I've always enjoyed your songs that tell a story (like At Last and The Stars) and I was wondering if you'd ever write an album that was story based or had a universal theme.

A:

As my new book attests, a great deal of what happens at Offerman Woodshop (.com) is the alchemy of our cooperative members. The hatchet is the brainchild of Thomas Wilhoit, one of our champions. I am very satisfied to hear that it is doing you some good. My shop could not exist nor produce a fraction of what we make without the 6 ardent woodworkers housed therein. Often referred to by me as the "Elves", Lee, Josh, Matty, Jane, Krys and Thomas are responsible for all of the products that we make for the world, so that I can go into the shop and play.


Q:

yes. -Link

A:

We definitely would... we are also slowly but surely working on a Musical, which, i guess, Is kind of like an album based around a universal theme.

-ben


Q:

Small question - Helping someone restore a white oak table and they want the final product to keep the very light brown colour of the sanded timber. What finish could we use to provide heat resistance (i.e can take a hot plate or coffee cup) while minimising darkening the final colour?

A:

When will Rhett's dad come on?


Q:

Hey there!

I've been listening to your music for a while now and I've noticed that although a lot of time passes between album releases, you guys still have the same sound/feeling. (if that makes sense)

How do you gain inspiration for each of your albums/songs and still have the same type of sound?

A:

Ughf. This is a question we deal with a lot when working with designers who want a certain wood grain, like oak, but then want that grain in a specific color to match a greater palate they have created. The most fulsome answer to your question, since any finish is going to darken the wood, is to bleach the wood before finishing. You need to do a set of sample scraps to determine how much bleach/finish will provide the desired hue, but I find it all to be pretty sacrilegious. A friendlier, faster, and easier option is to build up a good coat of paste wax and insist on coasters and heat trivets, etc.


Q:

Looking to have him on the next time he's in town. Fair warning: He's not nearly as tan as Link's dad! - Rhett

A:

We say this all the time when people ask, but it's true: We all have very different music taste, but we can generally all agree on what the band should sound like. So even though each album has its own flavor from having different producers and intentions, we can't help but sound like whatever-the-hell-it-is that we do on every record.

More specifically for inspiration, caffeine.

-Tommy


Q:

When you pick up a guitar, what is the first song that comes out on the fretboard through those big burly hands of yours? And what is the secret chord?

A:

RHETT AND LINK!! Seriously would not be able to get through my day without GMM+GMMore. I watch them every night when I get home from work and I'm constantly watching reruns.

My question is: You both used to have successful careers in the engineering field (I believe Link, at least, used to work for IBM?) and now you have successful careers in the entertainment field. How and why did you make that transition? Did you feel you were taking a huge risk making such a big transition? Lets talk about that...


Q:

Whatever happened to the passport thing you were doing for a while? I have a fairly full JtG passport that I've forgotten to bring to the last dozen+ shows because the original idea seems to have been forgotten about...

A:

I am not particularly talented as a musician, and rather than the sounds of great players that I admire, I find my playing to be much more suited to my donkey-like needs, that is, accompanying my medium-humorous remark/songs. That said, the song that I desecrate most frequently is the theme from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid by Bob Dylan, "Billy". The secret chord is D. (shhhh)


Q:

We never felt engineering was the right fit, and we were pretty much looking for ways to work together in entertainment from the beginning. YouTube provided a way to reach a large audience without having to travel or move (initially). Once we realized we could get paid to make videos (through ads or integrations), we figured we could make a go of it. - Rhett

A:

The stamp thing turned into a bit of a logistical nightmare, so we've taken to 'notarizing' passports by writing the date and signing it. So we're a really lax government organization.

But yeah, it was our old label's idea so we got a little disorganized with it once we parted ways. Bring it and we'll backlog-certify those dates you didn't bring it for!!!!

Also hi Jeff!!!

-Tommy


Q:

Nick, thanks for doing the AMA! I would like to ask you if you were a professional scientist, what would you study?

A:

Crazy song idea that got scrapped for being too crazy?


Q:

Two questions:

  1. Are y'all fans of the power-pop band jellyfish? I hear them in your sound.

  2. Do you ever plan on doing concept based stuff again? Newest record is my favorite but I would love to see some Sci-fi jukebox again :)

A:

Trees. Particularly old growth forests of the earth, especially the Spruce, Fir and Redwood of the Pacific Northwest.


Q:

Many years ago we started writing a song called Barbed Wire Tattoo. Never finished it. I guess we got distracted with it's followup "Fartin' Girl." - Link

A:

"Only Person in the world I can truly trust".

-ben


Q:

Hi Mr. Offerman. Do you have any tips on identifying old lumber and the type of wood it is? Also, another question...

A part of me feels really tacky for doing this, but the other part of me feels like I would want someone to make me aware of something in which I would possibly be interested... So here goes..

My family has a farm for sell in Henry Co, Kentucky. Same county Mr. Berry is from. My grandfather was a carpenter and on the farm is his old shop and several barns, full of wood he gathered from the woods over his lifetime. The thought of it being sold to someone that is going to turn it into a big subdivision makes me sick. Full disclosure, I own 1/12th of it, just a small amount, and one of these days, I will get a check for my share and it'll be the same amount, regardless of if the buyer wants to keep it a farm, or turn it into a parking lot. I believe Mr. Berry and my grandfather were friends. I went to the same church with the Berry/Smith family.

The farm I think is around 200 acres or so. It had been split into 3 lots, and the wooded lot was sold to a family of hunters. But the wood shop has that same familiar smell whenever I go inside it. Lots of tools, and lots of lumber. I love that place.

So anyway, I just thought I would want to let you know. Chances are you have driven past it when out in Henry County. It's impossible not to if you went out to the Port Royal area.

So yeah, shameless whatever, but I dig your writing, and your carpentry work, and just thought I would make you aware of something that I love. I'd buy it if I had the money. I still ride around on my ATV that I keep at my Dad's house which borders the property. A farmer currently leases some of the land for crops and cattle.

As the youngest, and 1/12th owner, I don't get told much about the farm. When the first 1/3 of it sold, I didn't even know until after it sold. So anyway, keep on doing what you do. If you wanted any more information, I would have to look up who to call because I'm so disconnected from it as it's kind of upsetting, but I could get messaged on here.

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On average, how much work goes into making an episode of good mythical morning? xx


Q:

Which one of you is the biggest and strongest boy?

Also I'm a huge fan of the classical piano covers. They're so good. Any chance that I could get the sheet music for those?

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Your best bet for identifying lumber is to befriend a salty man/woman who knows their stuff. If you look around the neighborhood, especially if you offer a few sticks as payment for their time, you'll find a good expert I imagine. As for your farm, I have indeed seen it and been made aware of its availability. I am chagrined that I am not quite at the status of income to purchase it, but if I were, I would buy it and then call Mary Berry at the Berry Center in New Castle to ask how best it could be utilized to further their noble and imperative efforts to reacquaint America with the small farmer, a quickly disappearing breed.


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We shoot each episode pretty much live/all in one go as much as possible. If there's some set change that needs to happen, we may stop rolling for adjustments like that, but most of the time we keep it going. (That's why you'll see us jumble words and mess up...occasionally :)

As far as prep for each episode, there's days of work that goes in to each episode...even for a simpler episode (a list, a game), a writer/producer is assigned to gather info and outline the flow under Stevie's supervision with our input at strategic points along the way. For more production-heavy episodes, you get an idea of the amount of work from watching a GMC episode, but there's still a ton you don't see. And none of this accounts for post.

All that to say, we're very grateful to our Mythical Crew for all the work they do! -Link

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I believe I am the most masculine and feminine member of this rock and roll band. -Jesse


Q:

What is your secret to growing a manly beard?

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Is Buddy System going to be multi seasonal or a one off?


Q:

Why hello there Juicebox the Toast, where are you guys in the process of recording your next album and can Jesse get an allotment of vocal parts more proportionate to his talents?

Your pal, not Steve (unfortunately)

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Don't shave.


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We have no official announcement to make at this point...but even this morning, we were tossing around ideas for a possible Season 2. Any ideas? -LInk

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Jesse will be singing the entire album. We are tremendously excited.

Your pal, Ben


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What is the very best cheese?

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Link, will your mythical beard ever make a comeback?


Q:

So stoked for the surprise AMA!

I've seen you guys so many times, in varying points of your career. I've seen you guys in small venues where you were openers or headlines at bigger ones.

What is your favorite type of crowd to play to? I vividly remember chatting with you all after one of your shows in CT a while back, I couldn't believe you were opening for some random band I had never heard of and I was front and center loving every second of it! Are the intimate environments nicer or do you like bigger crowds with more response?

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GRUYERE is the very best cheese.


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My face has recently been asking me the same thing. If it were to happen, it'd be over the holiday break...but that beard-in-process might mess up all my family photos :/ -Link

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I think I speak on behalf of the band when I say the worst kind of crowd to play for is a seated crowd. It's terrifying. Not their fault, of course - if there are chairs, people sit. But terrifying nonetheless.

So, yeah...Dancing, general-admission crowds are the absolute BEST.

-Tommy


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As a manly man you have surely done many manly things. What, in your opinion, do you believe is the manliest thing you have ever done?

A:

Do y'all wish y'all were in Barcelona now?


Q:

Tommy, What type of effects do you use?

All- will you make more "hard/punk" songs like static??? Please

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I don't ever think about my life as being particularly manly. I think that people want to conflate my own actions with those of my previous character on television, Ronald Ulysses Swanson, who wielded some rather super-heroic levels of testosterone. Both of us, however, would be less interested in coming across as manly than in living our lives with decency and representing our beliefs and our loved ones with integrity and character.


Q:

Yes. to walk with you (to walk with you) along the avenue (along the avenue) - Rhett

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I don't have a ton of pedals, but I lean on my Barber Tone Press Compressor and my GHS Double Barrel pretty hard. Other than that, a shitty tremolo pedal I got in high school, a holy grail reverb, and a digitech whammy.

As for the hard/punk songs, we tend to steer away from that camp these days with Jukebox but I keep writing them! These days they get funneled into Narc Twain, another band I play with that tends to mostly live in the end-of-the-world/punk-ish sphere that Static inhabits. You might dig it! http://narctwain.bandcamp.com

-Tommy


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Hey Nick! Big fan, I saw you when you were in Bloomington IN two years ago. My question is: do you ever feel that your political activism has turned certain people off of your stand-up? If so, how does that make you feel?

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What's your favorite brand of hot dog? Bright Leaf hotdogs right?!

Sending you Love from Raleigh!


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Hey guys!

I loved getting to see you perform 3 times on the Rock Boat this pst year, bummed you guys aren't going to be there this coming year!

What were each of your favorite moments from the cruise??

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I would absolutely hope that my material would turn off some people; as Bertolt Brecht said (in this clumsy paraphrasing), "if you're not offending a quarter of the people, then it's not art". I can no longer actually find that quote, I dimly recall it from theater school, so let's just say that this loose sentiment was put forth by a badass of the ilk of Brecht, and I agree. If folks don't care for my brand of chuckles, that is their business, and would still like to shake their hands and work together to bolster this great nation by making our own goods rather than depending upon overseas hands for fabrication, and re-acquainting ourselves with who grows our food and how much care is taken in doing so, and so forth. If we can focus on these sort of items, while paying fealty to simple human rights and decency for EVERYBODY that's all I am after.


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I'm more of a Jesse Jones guy. Not a big fan of the red dye on Bright Leaf. - Link

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Stingrays, Queen Night, Jager shots at noon -Jesse


Q:

What watch do you wear? And p.s. your woodwork is truly outstanding!

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Hey guys. Big fan so thankyou to you and all the crew! Has there ever been a "Will it?..." episode that you have refused to do?


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Thank you for the nice compliment. I wear a Vacheron Constantin Royal Eagle that my wife bought me many years ago. It's very simple and bullet-proof, and I can use it to tell the time of day which is my favorite feature in a timepiece.


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Nope. Think about the things we've eaten!! - Rhett

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Your reddit username wins awards, both nationally and internationally.

-Tommy


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Hello Mr. Offerman! I hope you're doing well! My question to you is; How do you deal with that voice in your head that says "you can't do it, you're going to fail" ?

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What is your dream entertainment project now that you've done a scripted musical comedy?


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Hi JTG! You're my favorite band ever, and I've seen you three times in Columbus. Hoping for a fourth soon! My question is simple: Why Hava Nagila? I love every live rendition you do, but why the fascination? I'll keep tuning into your lives even though I know this is what I'll get. Keep on keeping' on! We love you in Columbus!

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Doggedly apply yourself to punching that voice in the face.


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We don't have ONE specific thing we want to eventually make. I'd love to make a movie exclusively using Merle Haggard songs as the soundtrack. We're aiming to continue to innovate when it comes to GMM and also have at least one other major project each year for you to enjoy. We're just beginning to scratch our long-form scripted itch. - LInk

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Hava Nagila is the greatest song ever written and we are its loyal evangelists.

(we were practicing to play a Jewish wedding and had the burning desire to lovingly troll our fans)

(we will probably continue to troll)

(apologies in advance)

-Tommy


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is Roy Underhill a god, or an anachronism?

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Hello Rhett & Link! First off thank you so much for the countless hours of entertainment, education and emotional support you've given us.

Congratulations on Buddy System, I really felt it was a project that came from your hearts and I enjoyed it very much!

I'd like to ask, realistically how much would it affect your synergy as a duo if you guys swapped seats in GMM?

Have a mythical day!


Q:

Is there any way I can watch this past year's HallowQueen show? I watched it streaming live last year and you guys rocked! Was it by chance recorded?

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I would vote for neither. I do find him to be absolutely heroic, however, and a woodworker of the highest order. We could all use a lot more of what he is teaching us about what can be achieved in life without electricity, relying on good old human ingenuity and elbow grease.


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You're welcome :) It is always so cool to hear that GMM gives people an emotional boost. If we swapped seats...i think it would really mess with our mojo...but we should try it! what would be a good occasion for that?hmmm --Link

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We didn't record this years show... but we are making the event annual, so you will have many more opportunities to see and hear it. (hopefully)

-ben


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Which woodworking joint best describes your marriage with Megan? End of post.

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Hi R+L- love you guys!! What was the biggest cultural shock moving from the south to the west cost. And what happened to your southern accents?


Q:

What is your favorite sandwich?

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Finger Joint.


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This whole people thinking that BBQ means a grill has been difficult to deal with.

I think it's safe to say our southern accents haven't been lost...they just go into hiding and we let them out from time to time, especially when things get especially loopy. - Rhett

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Crunchwrap Supreme

-ben


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Hi Mr. Offerman,

Have you had the pleasure of tasting any Australian drams? While not smoky like Laga, Lark is quite delicious.

Also, what are your thoughts on the octomore range? I really like the 7.1.

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Hi guys! What is your most favorite song you've ever done?


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Hi guys, long time fan- been to at least 7 of your shows- usually go with my brother. Why did you decide to make the "Jukebox the Ghost" album more pop-py (like pop rock) than the last two? Are you headed more in the mainstream direction? (Still love that album, but Safe Travels is still my fav)

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I am pleased to report that I was able to purchase a bottle of Lark whist visiting Tasmania, and found it's properties to be magisterial, inspiring a life-changing turn through the MONA exhibits... I have not yet sampled the Octomore but will now endeavor to do so, as I was heretofore unaware that the heroes of Bruichladdich had undertaken such a noble quest. Thank you for the elucidation.


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I'll always love "The Buffet Song" from 2008 because of how it was made. We just asked people dining in a Vegas buffet to walk us through the fundamentals of a buffet. Then we sang what they said verbatim. "I've had prime rib up the kazoo."
We made "The Harry Potter Song" in a similar way. - Link

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We are getting really excited about the new record... isn't clear cut one way or the other. We are definitely aware that there are positives and great things in each of our records that we want to make sure stay with us.

-ben


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Mr. Offerman, what is your bourbon of choice, and favorite cut of beef?

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Hey, Rhett and Link, nice to see you here on reddit! On Good Mythical Morning, you’ve talked about growing up in Buies Creek. My mom’s side of my family lives up in Fuquay and Coats, and it’s nice to hear some love about where you grew up. What’s the biggest thing you miss about the area?


Q:

Favorite all-time novel(s)?

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My absolute favorite bourbon is the one in my glass and as for beef, why the cut sitting on the plate by my bourbon glass would have to take the cake.


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Shout out to Coats, NC! The soil there. Wow. There used to be a Skats Drive Thru beside the IGA. It was like a half-baked Hardees. Remember that? I'm not sayin I miss it; but I do miss Cook Out, of course Bojangles, and also my extended family. -Link

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Lonesome Dove Kavalier And Clay Anna Karenina Love also all the Harry Potters and His Dark Materials.

ALSO - just read Ready Player One and lost my shit.

-ben


Q:

Are you a fan of The Sandman comic book?

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Hey guys!!! Huge fan thanks for the ama. you are my go to for eating breakfast before work every morning. Thanks for all the laughs.

You two have been best friends since you were kids and have wonderful chemistry, but there has to be something where you guys had a big disagreement or argument about something where you were legitimately pissed at each other, what was it?

PS. Please bring more Randy Dandy Mandy brothers content.

PSS. Sink Mirror almost made me pee myself.

EDIT: for those wondering, the Hilarious Randy Dandy - I got a freaking koala bear! Arent those things going extinct? I dont care! ONE LESS KOALA BEAR!!


Q:

Do you have an Slayer covers recorded and if not, why aren't you doing this right now?

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Fan is way too weak. Disciple. Neil Gaiman shaped the artistic lives of me and many of my peers with that masterwork.


Q:

we get legitimately pissed at each other all the time. I think that's part of a friendship and working relationship like ours. Our creative process often involves fighting with each other about ideas and landing on something in the end. We've never assaulted each other, though, unless you count the one time we got into a slap fight on GMM. - Rhett

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We paused the recording so that we could answer this question. THANKS FOR RUINING OUR SLAYER COVERS ALBUM.

-ben


Q:

Any book signings planned? Specifically in the L.A. Area? My husband, kids, and I all love you!

A:

Why didn't the zoo press charges?

And are you guys doing the AMA tucked or untucked?


Q:

What do you think is the purpose of the universe?

A:

I had a big Pleasure Faire book event a couple weeks ago for just that purpose! However, you can purchase signed books at our website offermanwoodshop.com Thank you for your enthusiastic approval, that is good fuel.


Q:

Because we were only 16 at the time.

We're both currently untucked but that can change!

A:

is that a band?

-ben


Q:

My fiancé and I live in the Los Angeles area. He wants to learn woodworking. Do you know of anywhere he could go to cultivate the skill?

A:

Your show is very family-friendly and enjoyable for viewers of all ages, what in your personal life wouldn't be considered "all-ages?" For example, enjoying a specific alcoholic beverage, violent movies/tv/video games, if you're nonchalant about cursing, any particular hobbies, etc.

Also, what was your favorite episode to film of GMM?


Q:

What's the inspiration for the Hava Nagila livestreams on Facebook?

A:

Great workshops at Allied Workshop downtown. Cerritos College has great full-on college program.


Q:

We drink wine, beer, or whiskey on occasion, watch R rated movies, and curse when it's called for. - Rhett

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our jew-ISH heritage!! -Jesse


Q:

Is whittling an acceptable gateway into the world of woodworking? Or is it like preparing for NASCAR by riding a bicycle?

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You mean you're real people???


Q:

If you absolutely HAD to add a fourth member to the band, and it could be anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

A:

Whittling is Carving is Woodworking.


Q:

I wouldn't go that far. -Link

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Harry Nilsson, dead.

-the whole band


Q:

In your opinion, what is the best way to cook a steak?

A:

I was wondering how you two feel about being shipped together, I see a lot of being saying that you ship-bait and other things like that.

do you wish people wouldn't ship you?


Q:

Is there a chance of the album "Jukebox the Ghost" being available on vinyl?

Also, any future Acoustic tracks planned and any desire to record another track with Secret Someones?

A:

Near me.


Q:

we don't care. we just think it's funny to create awkwardness. it just seems to often be misinterpretted as something else... - Link

A:

our self-titled album on vinyl is currently out of stock, but we could reprint some at some point in the future. future acoustic tracks will certainly happen! we'd love to record another track with secret someones. they are dear friends of ours but currently everyone is busy doing their own thing. If you'd like to hear more of their music, check out Bess Rogers solo, Zach Jones & the Tricky Bits, or Lelia's new future project Jupiter Winter! (: -Jesse


Q:

What facial hair tips do you have for a 22 year old guy with a bad mustache and a patchy beard?

A:

Are you really Rhett and Link and not your clones?


Q:

Hello!

Long time fan.

Do you ever see yourself returning to the more quirky stylings of your earlier music? I love the latest albums, but miss the weirdness that sold me on your music.

Thanks for the music and stellar shows. You have so much fun every time I see you, and I think that'll reflect on the live album.

A:

Shave, son.


Q:

We are the clones but all answers are approved by the real R&L. - clones

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I think you'll be pretty pumped to hear the new stuff we have cooking. It's got the arrangement sense of the new stuff, but the outlandishness of our old stuff. And the semi-retro-ness we explored with Everything Under the Sun.

-Tommy


Q:

Any word on Season 2 of Buddy System? (Huge Mythical Beast btw, freakin' love you guys!)

A:

We'd love to do a second season and are currently conceptualizing what that would look like, but as of right now there's been no official confirmation. - Link


Q:

In your opinion, what is your funniest moment on; Buddy System? GMM?

A:

I'm particularly fond of Odell Nobell's backstory, complete with flute solo. - Rhett Slow dancing with a strange man as Peder in episode 8. - Link


Q:

Any advice for fellow engineers that want to switch up their lifestyle like you did?

A:

If you like it, don't quit. The world needs engineers more than guys who eat pig anus for a living. - Rhett


Q:

Hi guys! Out of all the outrageous claims made in Epic Rap battle of Manliness, which one would you most want to actually perform? (I'm partial to modifying my garden hose to dispense nacho cheese)

A:

well, we actually did that one, and it was glorious. - Rhett


Q:

How has your friendship evolved since you started working together full time? Similarly, how has making Buddy System changed your friendship and your working relationship?

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I guess we have the opposite situation to most adult best friends. Most people work separately and then get together as friends. We see each other all day every day almost the entire year. We actually have to stop and think to do normal friends stuff, like go see a movie together. But working together on everything, and having shared goals where we depend on each other, has been a key to our sustained friendship. - Rhett


Q:

First of all I just want to thank you both for making such good content for us to enjoy along with you and I hope you guys know how important and uplifting Buddy System has been for a lot of people. In a world that can be really heavy, it’s nice to know there are people like you, and the entire production behind RLBS, who can bring such happiness and love into our lives.

I have questions I’d love to hear your answers to:

What skills did you learn/develop whilst making Buddy System that you feel has benefit you the most?

Was the juggle between acting and managing things behind the camera much different on this larger scale than in other content like your sketches?

Rhett are your eyes green, grey or blue man? Nobody agrees with me when I say they’re green.

Much love to you both. Your creativity and friendship is always inspiring to me.

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  • writing something of that length, then seeing it come together, taught us a lot.
  • thankfully we had a lot of qualified people helping with many points in the process. It was less stressful than we anticipated. Crazy, but not debilitating.
  • I don't know. Depends on what I'm wearing. I say green most of the time.
  • Rhett