Journalist-LiveI'm Hamilton Morris, I've traveled the world studying drugs, their creators, and their impact on society for almost a decade. AMA.
Dec 5th 2016 by HamiltonMorris_ • 44 Questions • 711 Points
Hello Reddit, we're Internetainers Rhett & Link of GOOD MYTHICAL MORNING, IFC's COMMERCIAL KINGS, EAR BISCUITS and so very many weird music videos and sketches on YouTube. Our new comedy series BUDDY SYSTEM just released its season finale today on YouTube Red. It's been a few years since we've done our last AMA and we're excited to hear from you guys so Ask Us Anything!!
Check Out Buddy System on YouTube Red: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ49NV73ttruI9rFSL0xrqHzZjJmdH219
UPDATE: Thanks everybody for your questions! We're signing off. As of today, all Buddy System episodes are out, so go and binge watch.
What psychoactive substances will you never try? What draws the line for you?
What's YOUR daily routine?
I'm not in a huge rush to try 4-chloroamphetamine or 6-hydroxydopamine or domoic acid or ciguatoxin.
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
How did you get such a solid background in both chemistry and journalism to the point where you got to do this as your job? What I'm saying is, how did you get where you are? As someone who studies and works in chemistry research and also makes mini (albeit poor) documentaries myself, what you do is a huge inspiration.
How much longer do you plan on continuing Good Mythical Morning?
The question I'm asked most frequently is some variation of "How did you get your job?" It's a question that's built on a lot of interesting misconceptions. Most people would never ask a novelist or a filmmaker or a musician they admire "How did you get your job?" Because they weren't given what they do, and what they're doing isn't a "job" in a typical sense of the word (they didn't apply for it after seeing a listing). They create things and then sell them to record labels or film distributors or publishers. (How they do THAT is a different question entirely and one that's rarely asked.) So if the question is how did I get where I am, the simple answer is that I went to the Vice office when I was twenty and pitched some stories that interested me, wrote them, got them in print and then never stopped writing stories.
Creative work isn't something you do because you took a special class or have a certain degree. It's work you do because you want to communicate something, so if there are stories you want to tell you should go tell them however you can.
until it has run its course. - Rhett
What was the sketchiest place you went to on your most reason season of Viceland? And why? Also, will some of the vids from your old YouTube Vice interviews be released on Viceland too?
Have you ever punched each other in the face?
During the PCP episode I really wanted to film in an active PCP lab. I became friends with a cook (who's interviewed in the piece, he's wearing a ski mask) and we started talking and trying to build a trusting relationship with one another. This cook had a bombastic group of friends who were very self-promotional and wanted to exchange lab access for producer credits on my TV show, which they believed would help them break into the industry. I gave the cook some of my scholarly writing on arylcyclohexylamines and he was impressed and started warming up to the idea of allowing us to film, even then I could tell he was deeply conflicted as he knew the shoot represented an unnecessary risk.
Eventually his friends told us to meet them in an abandoned building in Compton in the middle of the night and to bring a handle of vodka, we arrive and our fixer immediately starts to feel suspicious and agitated. He turns to me and says, "I think some shit's about to go down. I just want to make sure you know how to fight, you know how to throw a punch right?" I tell the fixer that, in fact, I do not know how to fight, and even if I did it wouldn't be a good solution in this abandoned building in the middle of the night.
Eventually the PCP cook and his friends arrive and there was no need for concern, we laugh and share stories until dawn. The moral is that the sketchiest person in this encounter was someone on my own crew who got nervous and made the situation more frightening than it had to be. If you are honest, knowledgable, and direct people will generally respect that.
Punched, no. Slapped, yes. - Rhett
I've always wondered, do both of your families spend holidays together? Such as thanksgiving and Christmas?
He's the best roommate I've ever had. I live alone now and Thomas lives with his girlfriend, but it was a magical time for both of us.
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
Why did you and your families decide to homeschool your kids? Love the show, guys!
I'm extremely glad you asked. The answer is yes, here is some supporting information: http://www.vice.com/read/ask-hamilton-and-jason-pulverizer-marijuana-for-later-snort
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
Hi Hamilton. I am a longtime viewer and I love watching all of your stuff. I heard you had some interest in kratom and I am a long-time Kratom user. Have you tried it ? And how do you feel about the government trying to ban it?
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!
Yes, I have tried it. I find the chemistry, pharmacology, and social impact interesting, but the qualitative effects were not anything extraordinary in my limited experience. I found it euphoric and somewhat similar to tramadol in the sense that it seemed to have less sedative character than other opioids, it's fitting that certain misrepresented kratom extracts were actually made from O-desmethyltramadol, I've even analyzed such an extract myself so it really does happen.
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
How did you guys react to watching Shepard say that he wanted a newborn baby's heart in the Jack in the box? Lol.
Until very recently two identical pairs, but the seat of one pair ripped and now I only have one. It never ceases to amaze me how engaged people are with my pants.
I laughed a lot, and swelled with pride as a father. - Rhett
Hey guys, love the show. My question is; how long does it take to shoot an episode of GMM - on average?
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
Do you guys plan on bringing back ear biscuits soon? Really loved that podcast.
Because some chemists at Janssen pharmaceuticals synthesized it in the early 1970s and it had spectacularly high potency, which medicinal chemists often like, and it was approved and manufactured for veterinary use because it's difficult to anesthetize large animals such as elephants for medical treatment and transportation. Just because a drug is potent dosen't mean it's bad, all drugs–potent or weak–should be carefully dosed before use.
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
What did your family think of you having no beard Rhett ? Xx
I sent my mom a picture after I shaved, and she replied with "Poor baby. I still love you." - Rhett
Were there any videos that you were particularly nervous to put up due to controversy or bad feedback?
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
People change over time. Why do you think you guys have been able to be friends for so long?
We okay it with each other before we change.
hmm. I think it'd take a whole book to answer that question. _Link
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
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?
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
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! :)
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
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!
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
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!
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
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...
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
On average, how much work goes into making an episode of good mythical morning? xx
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
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
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
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
Yes. to walk with you (to walk with you) along the avenue (along the avenue) - Rhett
What's your favorite brand of hot dog? Bright Leaf hotdogs right?!
Sending you Love from Raleigh!
I'm more of a Jesse Jones guy. Not a big fan of the red dye on Bright Leaf. - Link
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?
Nope. Think about the things we've eaten!! - Rhett
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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!!
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
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!
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
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
We are the clones but all answers are approved by the real R&L. - clones
Any word on Season 2 of Buddy System? (Huge Mythical Beast btw, freakin' love you guys!)
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
In your opinion, what is your funniest moment on; Buddy System? GMM?
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.