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MunicipalI ama firefighter, here to answer any questions

Dec 4th 2016 by the_schmeez • 40 Questions • 4097 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 know those "in case of fire, please rescue (pets name)" stickers? 1 do you guys look for them before you go into a home and 2 on a scale of 1-10 how much of a priority is rescuing pets when you're responding to a call?

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:

I cant speak for every department on this however we have a general rule: Risk a lot to save a lot, risk a little to save a little, risk nothing to save nothing. In other words, if there is a chance that someone or something surviving, we will typically commit to the structure. With how thing are manufactured today, including homes, if there isnt an engine on scene within 10 minutes, typically there is nothing left to save.

And for me, about an 8. The homeowners and my crew take priority over pets


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:

One: What's the one thing (or a couple of things) that you wish the public understood about your profession / what you do?

Two: What is your best dish to cook at the firehouse?

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:

There are 2 things that I can honestly say I wish the public understood l: 1. When you see lights and hear sirens, pull to the right, dont try to beat us, dont go left, just pull to the right and let us pass, someone is having the worst day of their life if we are going to them. 2. When we get on scene, whether its within a couple minutes or (God forbid) an hour, if you yhink we took too long, tell us afterwards. Getting in our face to yell and scream just delays the job more.

My best dish? Thats a hard one to say, it really depends on who is working but I have never heard a complaint about my bacon cheeseburger sushi rolls


Q:

until it has run its course. - Rhett

A:

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

-Ben


Q:

Why did you choose to be a firefighter?

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:

My late uncle was a fire chief, he died of cancer about 6 years or so ago. One thing that I always remember is how proud he was to be doing that job and how proud he was when his sons followed in his footsteps. I always wanted to make him proud. I also genuinely enjoy helping people who need it.


Q:

Punched, no. Slapped, yes. - Rhett

A:

YEAH TOMMY>>> PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

-ben


Q:

Hi I work for pierce in Appleton WI, I'm one of the guys that do body work to the body's of the freshly welded trucks before they're painted. I just wanted to ask, what's your favorite kind of fire truck and why?

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:

I honestly don't play favorites, so long as it has a pump, discharges, and can get us to the scene its good in my eyes


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:

Volunteer fire fighter here (rural BC, training officer). About 2/3rds of our calls are MVI.

Occasionally I see us get shit on by professional FFs online. This makes no sense to me, since there are no pros here and the small tax base won't support a paid department.

What gives, and what can we do to show the pros that we're just here trying to help save property and lives?

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:

I'm on a paid on call with shift options so I don't know what gives. That being said, don't let their comments get you down, just show them that your department can outwork them any day.


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:

Have you ever been directly involved with violence when responding to a call? What happen?

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:

Not directly, we have all trained in how to talk people down to try and avoid it


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 much easier do sprinkler systems make your job? Would you like to see more installed in homes?

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:

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 would love to see it become a requirement in all new construction. In terms of residential use, it basically puts the entire fire out. You can typically be back in your house, minus one room, within a day.

Commercially they tend to keep the fire from becoming a massive, uncontrollable event.


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:

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:

Do you watch Chicago Fire? Does it bother you to see your profession gwt the Hollywood treatment with its innaccuracies and aggrandizement?

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:

Want to do a game night?

A:

I will admit, I do watch it. Does it bother me? Only when they show something that leads to people believing that it is how a situation actually goes.


Q:

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

A:

absolutely!


Q:

What month is your favorite to pose for and why?

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:

All of them....


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:

First of all, thank you for doing this AMA. I have two questions:

What is the process for becoming a firefighter?

Is it possible that even I, a skinny white kid who looks like iDubbbz, could become a firefighter? It's been my dream since I was little, but I have never been able to build up enough muscle mass.

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:

The process varies state by state but they all start with going through a fire academy.

Of course its possible, when I started academy I was a 350 pound white guy who looked like, well a 350 pound white guy. The PT and drills will build the muscle you need.


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:

10 year Michigan firefighter/EMT here.

Question 1: Roscommon?!?!

Question 2: In recent years we have seen our brothers/sisters health drop due to stress, both mental and physical. What are some ways your department is addressing this issue?

Stay safe brother.

A:

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


Q:

did you guys have a "big break" moment?

A:
  1. No but ive been there, beautiful area

  2. We have an employee assistance program


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:

Hi there. Thanks for the AMA, and thanks for being a firefighter.

About a dozen years ago my family and I lost our house and everything we owned* to a fire a week before Christmas, and ever since have donated money to every firefighting charity that contacts us. We still feel it's not enough and would like to do something for our local station specifically but don't want to step on any rules regarding decorum or gratuity acceptance. What's the general policy on gifting and donating directly to a station?

*material loss only - all people and pets escaped with only minor injuries thanks to our responders, at great personal risk

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:

Honestly, you have done more than most but if you do feel that you need to do more, offer to bring in a meal for the guys working on the holidays. If it is a volunteer department, contact the chief and ask if you can do something for them.


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:

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

A:

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.


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 was the worst "will it" episode to date?

A:

Favorite song off the live album?

(Thanks for the AMA!)


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:

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:

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"?


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:

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! :)

A:

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


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:

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!

A:

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!!


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:

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!

A:

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.


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:

When will Rhett's dad come on?

A:

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?


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:

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...

A:

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...


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:

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

A:

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 :)


Q:

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

A:

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

-ben


Q:

Crazy song idea that got scrapped for being too crazy?

A:

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?


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:

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


Q:

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

A:

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)


Q:

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

A:

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

Your pal, Ben


Q:

Link, will your mythical beard ever make a comeback?

A:

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?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Tommy, What type of effects do you use?

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


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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

Sending you Love from Raleigh!

A:

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??


Q:

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

A:

Stingrays, Queen Night, Jager shots at noon -Jesse


Q:

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?


Q:

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

A:

Your reddit username wins awards, both nationally and internationally.

-Tommy


Q:

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

A:

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!


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

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?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

What is your favorite sandwich?


Q:

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

A:

Crunchwrap Supreme

-ben


Q:

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

A:

Howdy guys!

My question is something I've been wondering for a little while...

How many licks does it take for each of you to get to the centre of a Tootsie Pop?

No, but being serious, what's the one market in the world you'd love to play shows in if you could?


Q:

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

A:

Boston Market

-ben


Q:

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?

A:

When are you recording/releasing the Candy Corn Video???? I love your music btw


Q:

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

A:

as soon as we stop vomiting.

-ben


Q:

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!!

A:

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)


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

A:

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


Q:

Why didn't the zoo press charges?

And are you guys doing the AMA tucked or untucked?

A:

Favorite all-time novel(s)?


Q:

Because we were only 16 at the time.

We're both currently untucked but that can change!

A:

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:

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?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

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

-ben


Q:

You mean you're real people???

A:

What do you think is the purpose of the universe?


Q:

I wouldn't go that far. -Link

A:

is that a band?

-ben


Q:

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?

A:

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


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 jew-ISH heritage!! -Jesse


Q:

Are you really Rhett and Link and not your clones?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Harry Nilsson, dead.

-the whole band


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

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

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:

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

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

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 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?

A:

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.

A:
  • 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