Journalist-LiveI'm a reporter who just spent six months digging into the NFL's big tobacco-style strategy to hook your kids. AMA!
Dec 2nd 2016 by georgedohrmann • 38 Questions • 176 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 :)
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
In a serious note, how do you feel NFL compares to English rugby in terms of danger? Particularly the aspects of body armor in NFL and non being worn in Rugby?
How much did you pay to the church throughout your time there?
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!
rugby way less dangerous. You talk to NFL players and over and over they talk about how the helmet and pads allow them to use their body as a weapon. Doesn't happen as much in rugby.
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
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!
Does the NFL still stand behind the Heads Up program even though it was discovered to be pretty ineffective in regards to preventing injuries?
Have you seen the HBO documentary Going Clear? If so, would you say it's an accurate representation the church and worth showing to people?
How much longer do you plan on continuing Good Mythical Morning?
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?!?!
They do. They point to a much smaller study that showed some improvement. Nate Jackson, among others, described Heads Up Football as a marketing device more than a real program to make the game safer.
Very much so. I thought it was very accurate. I was shocked how accurate it was for not coming from Scientologists. I wanted to see more stories about how it affected children. The systematic recruitment of members' children. I wish it would have told the story of how Scientologists give their children to the "Church." It protects the life source that is continually bolstering the religion. But, I think they did an amazing job and they cleared the path for people like me to speak about it. HBO was very brave in taking it on. As is A&E, as it will be the first network is do a full series about it.
HI MAGGIE!!!!! HOWS IT GOING!?!?!?!?
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?
YEAH TOMMY>>> PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
I've always wondered, do both of your families spend holidays together? Such as thanksgiving and Christmas?
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!
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
yeah i agree
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?
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?
We're still waiting for our call from Wheel of Fortune to appear on their "best friends" episode. ABC holler at us! - Rhett & Link
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.
Are you still in contact with any friends that are still part of the church?
Why did you and your families decide to homeschool your kids? Love the show, guys!
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
I am an SP (supressive person). You are not allowed to be in contact with an SP. I would love to talk to my former friends and see my goddaughter.
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
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)
How did you guys react to watching Shepard say that he wanted a newborn baby's heart in the Jack in the box? Lol.
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.
I laughed a lot, and swelled with pride as a father. - Rhett
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.
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!
Want to do a game night?
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
Hey guys, love the show. My question is; how long does it take to shoot an episode of GMM - on average?
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?
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
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.
Do you guys plan on bringing back ear biscuits soon? Really loved that podcast.
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?
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
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
What did your family think of you having no beard Rhett ? Xx
did you guys have a "big break" moment?
I sent my mom a picture after I shaved, and she replied with "Poor baby. I still love you." - Rhett
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.
Has your work connected with that of medical researchers currently studying the long-term effects of concussions? In a world where I'm always hearing about parents being arrested because they let their kids walk home from school or play at the park alone, how has the NFL managed to evade health concerns about brain damage in school sports?
What OT level are you?
Were there any videos that you were particularly nervous to put up due to controversy or bad feedback?
What kind of bear is best?
Many reasons, but a big one is that it is very popular and so politicians are hesitant to take it on.
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
Teddy bear mostly.
People change over time. Why do you think you guys have been able to be friends for so long?
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.
We okay it with each other before we change.
hmm. I think it'd take a whole book to answer that question. _Link
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.
Favorite song off the live album?
(Thanks for the AMA!)
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
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.
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?
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"?
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
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)
Big tobacco suppressed strong evidence of cancer associated with use of their products and the NFL suppressed evidence of the link between playing football and CTE in their players. I see the parralel there. However, big tobacco also used to give free products to kids in third world countries (in arcades) to get them addicted to the products that harmed them. What is the equivalent behavior that the NFL is doing, and is it really the equivalent?
Was there a single breaking point that convinced you to leave the church? Or was it a long term struggle with the decision?
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! :)
I loved when you name was "The Sunday Mail," why did you change it?
NFL is getting football kits into schools, getting educational materials into schools that teach the game/rules of football (all for free).
Long term struggle, however, seeing the "church" attack those who were speaking out, those who gave their life, life savings, their children to this organization that were once considered exemplary Scientologists or staff members of the church to being liars, bitter apostates, and what ever vile sophomoric, vitriolic adjective they can find overnight says a lot about the organization.
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
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.
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!
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!!
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
That live version is on the live record! It's probably my favorite track on the whole thing.
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!
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.
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.
Are there any real studies on youth football and permanent brain trama?
Are people actively being held prisoner against their will?
If so, how upsetting is it that the government and law enforcement does not act?
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?
People are just digging into this but there is some data available. There was a great HBO Real Sports recently about it.
It's very upsetting. I'm only an actress with a short window of interest. So it is up to the authorities who have to do something about it and the judges who are hearing cases of abuse, coerced abortions, being held prisoner, fraud, mental and emotional imprisonment. They won't look at cases to decide its a religion. They have to separate and look at the law. Your doctrine is abusive. It mandates that you abuse people.
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
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.
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...
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...
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
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!!!
This is a big story. Could you not find a better outlet to release it than Huffington Post?
do you remember what your initial reaction was upon first seeing the course materials for OT3?
Are y'all fans of the power-pop band jellyfish? I hear them in your sound.
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 :)
An editor (Greg Veis) for Highline, the HuffPost's longform vertical, approached me about doing the story. Highline does great work and Greg is a respected editor and so I jumped at the chance.
Yes my first reaction was "Are you all fucking nuts?" and then I looked at my mother and said "What kind of bullshit did you get me in?" My only option was to leave, but at the time my family was not ready to go. The "church" told me I didn't need to believe it, just do it. And they always pose this question: "Are you ready to leave everything you've ever known?"
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
"Only Person in the world I can truly trust".
On average, how much work goes into making an episode of good mythical morning? xx
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?
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
I believe I am the most masculine and feminine member of this rock and roll band. -Jesse
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)
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
Jesse will be singing the entire album. We are tremendously excited.
Your pal, Ben
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?
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
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.
The NFL also gives a lot back to the community. In fact, I think that when you factor in charity, employment and revenue, they do far more for the communities they're present in than anyone could argue they damage it.
Did you consider that when researching this topic?
How do the powers that be in Scientology keep their followers from reading anti-Scientology news, or your book? Why don't more scientologists leave?
Tommy, What type of effects do you use?
All- will you make more "hard/punk" songs like static??? Please
I did. I also know that the NFL has benefitted from a tax exemption for decades and owners/teams get huge tax breaks and are gifted tax dollars to build stadiums.
Great question. Because very early on in the brainwashing process, L. Ron Hubbard's "technology" teaches you that outside sources (i.e. The news, the Internet, books, magazines) are ALL LIES and hellbent on destroying something decent like Scientology. The AMA, and APA, and all "governments" do not give scientology its due because they have a vested interest in not healing people and not helping people. And Scientology is in the business of making people better. So Scientologists are taught that their safest bet is to get their info from the only true decent people...and those are Scientologists. And if they look on the internet, if they read time mag, they will be met with punishment at their expense. And, as a Scientologist...you have to confess that you've read outside materials, and that will be met with punishment at your expense.
Yes. to walk with you (to walk with you) along the avenue (along the avenue) - Rhett
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
Have any other actors come to you for support or help?
What's your favorite brand of hot dog? Bright Leaf hotdogs right?!
Sending you Love from Raleigh!
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??
The policy of the "Church" does not allow them to come to me. Former high ranking Sea Org members like Debbie Cook and former members like Katie Holmes are forbidden to speak to other SPs. Certain members are forced to sign agreements that does not allow them to speak to ex members.
I'm more of a Jesse Jones guy. Not a big fan of the red dye on Bright Leaf. - Link
Stingrays, Queen Night, Jager shots at noon -Jesse
Do you personally feel like you're being watched/tracked/etc by the church for doing everything your doing?
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?
Your reddit username wins awards, both nationally and internationally.
Are there any sexual malpractices that occur in the church?
What is your dream entertainment project now that you've done a scripted musical comedy?
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
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)
What do members actually gain from being a member? How is it made worth all the money and time they invest?
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!
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?
They gain a purpose. They gain a group. They gain a sense of accomplishment (awards, certificates). They gain an education that in the real world LRH states would be equivalent to getting a "PHD in life." You become an elitist. That you have all the answers in life. If you have a question about life, you are made to think that Scientology has the answer.
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
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)
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?
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
You are so brave for telling the truth about Scientology. Why are so many other people staying quiet? What can we do to help?
Hi guys! What is your most favorite song you've ever done?
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)
Thank you! Watch our show tonight and spread awareness. It is bigger what people think. This religion is massive.
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
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.
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?
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
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.
How different would you say your view of Hollywood is now compared to when you were on Saved by the Bell and did your experience with Scientology effect these views versus if you never joined them?
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!!
Do you have an Slayer covers recorded and if not, why aren't you doing this right now?
When I was a Scientologist I saw Hollywood as a dark, lost bunch of souls that needed saving. Now I see it as any other business and that we're all just trying to do right by ourselves, right by our friends and family and that people outside of scientology are not bad.
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
We paused the recording so that we could answer this question. THANKS FOR RUINING OUR SLAYER COVERS ALBUM.
What is your overall opinion on organized Religion now? Did your view on say Christianity change?
Why didn't the zoo press charges?
And are you guys doing the AMA tucked or untucked?
Because we were only 16 at the time.
We're both currently untucked but that can change!
is that a band?
From what I've seen of Scientology, it seems like there is a major difference in treatment between celebrity "followers" and folks in Sea Org who are tortured, locked in the Hole, beaten publicly by Miscavige, etc.
Did the news of this mistreatment find its way to celebrities and general "members" of the Church who weren't in Sea Org? Or were people left completely in the dark?
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?
We drink wine, beer, or whiskey on occasion, watch R rated movies, and curse when it's called for. - Rhett
our jew-ISH heritage!! -Jesse
As a psychologist, I am curious what you observed as mental health 'treatment' with Scientology? In addition, I am aware the 'church' is against psychology; how was this opposition demonstrated within or by the 'church'? Finally, in your opinion how prevalent are mental health difficulties with the Scientology community?
Thank you for your time.
You mean you're real people???
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?
we don't care. we just think it's funny to create awkwardness. it just seems to often be misinterpretted as something else... - Link
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
Are you really Rhett and Link and not your clones?
We are the clones but all answers are approved by the real R&L. - clones
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.
Out of all the rumors surrounding Scientology, which one is true and hits home the hardest for you?
Any word on Season 2 of Buddy System? (Huge Mythical Beast btw, freakin' love you guys!)
I don't what rumors we're referring to here. I haven't read anything that has been inaccurate.
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
We can (almost correctly) assume that celebrities receive special treatment because of their status - could you elaborate more on that? For instance, how would your experiences in the church differ from someone who is not a celebrity?
And a follow up - do you think that more celebrities would like to break free from the church but are afraid because of the repercussions? Is there any merit to the claim that there's so much dirt on them that could be exposed that they may not want to leave?
Hope you convince others to follow your path!
In your opinion, what is your funniest moment on; Buddy System? GMM?
We had special course rooms in separate parts of the buildings. Any complaint we had about the outside world was met with agreement from the "Church." We were serviced differently, we had supervisors doing courses in our homes, giving special schedules to celebrities. Staff was interrogated by the Church. Often times there were Sea Org members working for celebrities in their homes, personally working for them. I know of one celeb who had a sea org member working in their home and sea org members were averaging $25/week. The labor laws don't apply to any church therefor they were made to work ungodly hours, forced into interrogations if making human mistakes around the celebrity.
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
Any advice for fellow engineers that want to switch up their lifestyle like you did?
If you like it, don't quit. The world needs engineers more than guys who eat pig anus for a living. - Rhett
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)
well, we actually did that one, and it was glorious. - Rhett
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?
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
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.
- 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.