“Let’s Talk About That:” How Rhett & Link Went From Commercial Kings to Content Emperors


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Long before the age of flashy influencer marketing campaigns and meticulously crafted brand deals, Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, better known simply as Rhett and Link, were quietly revolutionizing how audiences interacted with commercials. Their journey, documented in their early TV series “Commercial Kings,” didn’t just create funny ads for local businesses; it also laid the groundwork for the sponsored video landscape we see on YouTube today.

Breaking the Infomercial Mold

Remember late-night infomercials? Cheesy scripts, over-the-top demonstrations, and an overall sense of inauthenticity plagued these extended commercials. Rhett and Link, with their comedic sensibilities and genuine connection, saw an opportunity. They understood that audiences craved entertainment, not just a sales pitch.

In “Commercial Kings,” a show where they wrote and directed advertisements for local companies, their formula was reasonably straightforward: know your brand, add comedy, and make people laugh, such as the 2011 viral episode “Taxidermy Comedy.”

The ad started with something resembling those of classic infomercial hijinks — in this case, a series of straight-face stunts featuring mounts meant to be mistaken for living beasts; a pay-off punchline: “Nope, it’s just Chuck Testa!” Then, a Winchester Model 70 rifle. Again, more posing with a crocodile from a tree. One more time: sharing some ribs, head-to-shoulders, with a haunch of wild boar. 

It was a three-minute, pitch-perfect exercise in falsely perpetrated stupidity and impressive physical commitment from Testa, a possessor of avian and bovine physiognomies. The video was later re-uploaded by Testa’s future son-in-law the night before Thanksgiving, and moments after, Reddit erupted. It spread through Tumblr and around the web. A week ago, Chuck Testa was nobody, but he’d become a meme in the space of a hundred hours or so. It was the biggest meme of 2011, as it happened.

In 2013, Rhett and Link would parlay this early viral success by inviting Chuck Testa on to Good Mythical’s second season. They hoped to revisit their old friend and use their old tried-and-true past success to help grow their new endeavor by having Chuck discuss how to survive an apocalypse with Rhett.  

The Rise of Sponsored Content on YouTube

A Case Study: 2 Guys 600 Pillows

Their next content marketing hit was “2 Guys 600 Pillows, which would become one of the most significant hits of their sponsored content career. Sure, the sponsorship disclosure came at the very end, but the video certainly made us feel comfortable and relaxed, which happened to be the mission of Sleepbetter.org. 

The simple gimmick of Rhett and Link trying (and failing) to sleep in a pillow-choked room was so silly that it went viral online and greatly exceeded Sleepbetter.org’s goals. The sleeping site even posted a version of the video on its website, a coy but clever way to get views to the brand’s page. 

The Rise of Sponsored Content on YouTube

With their now trademark “Let’s talk about that” opener and their gift for going viral, they began producing Good Mythical Morning, a daily morning show—complete with weird experiments, silly challenges, and sponsored content—in 2012.

As of May 10, The Good Mythical Morning channel alone had 18.7M subscribers. Their original YouTube channel, Rhett & Link, where most of their early infomercial successes live, had 5.2 M subscribers. And relative Mythical newcomer Mythical Kitchen had 3.16 M. 

They were unmatched in their use of sponsored videos, treating their advertisers as a natural part of the content, something to be spun into wildly amusing skits rather than a simple, spoon-fed advertisement.

Sponsored Marketing & Good Mythical Morning

Rhett and Link would parlay their sponsored marketing intuitiveness into Good Mythical Morning, the show that would become famous for their signature catchphrase, “Let’s Talk About That.” They’d devote brief segments at the end of each episode to hollering about paid clients. Some of their repeat Good Mythical Morning sponsors include:

Airup: The Good Mythical Morning show turned the Airup breathing mask into a ‘taste test’ to showcase its functionality and create a funny narrative around the mask and its absurd aesthetic.

BetterHelp: Mental health is a charitable cause for Rhett and Link that they celebrate across multiple platforms. They have a sponsorship with BetterHelp, an online therapy service with banners on how-to videos. The guys regularly have conversations with mental health professionals on their videos, in both scripted sketches and honest interviews, giving frank advice, often from their perspectives. They talk about the significant struggles without embarrassment but also provide building block support. These conversations normalize therapy, grow engagement, and cultivate a safe community around the viewers.

Building the Mythical Entertainment Universe

Rhett and Link’s power comes not from sponsoring content on one channel but from spinning off Mythical Entertainment (a multi-channel network with hundreds of millions of combined subscribers) from the success of Good Mythical Morning. Here’s just a glance into the ever-growing Mythical empire:

Podcasts: They have spawned some successful podcasts, such as Ear Biscuits and Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich. They use these podcasts to further develop direct relationships with their fans via extended conversational formats and intimate backstage access. And, of course, these podcasts have sponsorships that range from Farmer’s Dog to Rosetta Stone.

Mythical Kitchen:This YouTube channel, focused on weird and creative food creations, showcases the Mythical chefs’ talents while growing its videos catalog and attracting new viewers interested in food entertainment. 

Such is their entrepreneurial spirit that, besides producing content, Mythical Entertainment snapped up Smosh in 2019, another of the premier independent video channels on YouTube, after the channel’s parent company, Defy Media, shut down. Hollywood Reporter valued the deal at just under $10 million. The move diversified the Mythical ENtertainment portfolio and expanded its content syndication and distribution network; it essentially let Mythical buy and sell eyeballs across different strands of video delivery. In 2023, Mythical Entertainment sold the majority stake of Smosh back to its original but kept a small stake in the company. 

A Legacy of Innovative Content Syndication and Sponsorships

Rhett and Link prove that expanding the sphere of possible content syndication and sponsorship deals into podcasts, other YouTube channels, and beyond could amplify their creations and improve the quality of these videos (and the quantity of their cash flow, too). 

Rhett and Link are more than YouTube stars today: they’re content marketing pioneers and brand storytelling innovators. They’ve transplanted their North Carolina film studio to Los Angeles, building a media empire under Mythical Entertainment, and in the process, have revealed what it takes to make it on the web: authenticity, creativity, and careful, considered content marketing. Their legacy inspires creators and brands alike, paving the way for a new era of online entertainment and brand storytelling.

Whether you’re a creator looking to build an audience or a brand seeking innovative ways to connect with consumers, there’s much to learn from Rhett and Link’s remarkable journey. They’ve proven that anyone can build a successful online empire with a good idea, a dash of humor, and a strategic approach to content marketing. 

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The 20 Most Iconic Infomercials of All Time

The 20 Most Iconic Infomercials of All Time

Washboard abs, stain-free carpets, and the ability to dice a tomato with a playing card: Do these promises sound familiar? 

These are just a few of the claims made by some of the world’s most recognizable infomercial products. Many of these seem too good to be true. 

Remember those late-night TV ad legends like ShamWow, which could soak up an entire spilled milkshake? This extended content has become a fixture of American TV, selling everything from kitchen gadgets to workout routines.

So, what exactly are infomercials? They’re longer-form advertisements that act as mini-programs that give more details about a product or service.

Infomercials have been around since the 1940s, but while you might think they’re a relic of that time, take a look at the Squatty Potty: Infomercials increased the brand’s sales by 600% and went viral on YouTube with 40 million views.

Squatty Potty

The iconic blanket Snuggie, the amazing bullet-shaped food processor, and other unforgettable infomercials have burrowed in our memories and found their way to our homes! 

Here are 20 of the most successful and memorable infomercials.


Proactiv is an American brand of skincare products developed by two American dermatologists, Katie Rodan, and Kathy A. Fields, and was launched in 1995 through a deal with the infomercial company Guthy-Renker. This deal opened the door for celebrity endorsements, making Proactiv one of the most popular skincare brands ever.

In 1999, Judith Light was featured in the first celebrity-endorsed Proactiv ad. Since then, Proactive ads have featured such stars as Alicia Keys, Julianne Hough, Kendall Jenner, Jessica Simpson, Adam Levine, and Justin Bieber.

And these celeb-backed infomercials seemed to have paid off: In 2021, Proactive raked in $27.5 million in sales.


Standup comedian-turned-personal trainer Tony Horton is laughing his frighteningly toned 54-year-old body all the way to the bank. Since 2005, the seemingly ageless creator of the hardcore P90X workout DVDs has been reshaping bodies—and the infomercial industry—one confused muscle at a time. 

And he’s got plenty of powerful converts in his corner, from professional athletes (NFL quarterback Kurt Warner) to would-be vice presidents (Romney running mate Paul Ryan). Now, Horton’s got a highly profitable business that has generated some interesting (albeit less-advertised) offshoots, such as the Christian-themed Body Gospel, Tony & The Folks for senior bodybuilders, and Tony & The Kids for pint-sized musclemen.

And the payoff? Some big muscles and an even bigger annual revenue of  $400 million!


Reshaping your body with 10-20 minutes of daily exercise? Yes, please!

This celebrity-endorsed product contains more than 80 exercises. And to top it off, Chuck Norris, known for his muscular physique, has sponsored Total Gym for over 30 years.

This Total Gym exercise system has led to more than $1 billion in sales.

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Who else remembers that iconic Super Bowl ad line, “I grill with George!”

Sure, Boxing legend George Foreman didn’t invent the iconic George Foreman Grill, but he did lend his namesake to the product in what proved to be an outstanding business decision.

Since its launch in 1994, over 100 million grills of various sizes have been sold worldwide, and in 1999 alone, he earned a staggering $137.5 million from the deal. 


“The key to discovering your inner potential” is just 33$ away! Sounds tempting, right?

This all-in-one gym system was introduced in 1986 and is still very much in business. Over 2.5 million units were sold to households seeking high physical fitness. The company’s revenue in 2012 reached $193.9 million, reflecting a significant 7.5% increase from the prior year.

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Surely you remember the iconic catchphrase, “Set it, and forget it!”

Then you have most certainly seen the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ infomercial.

Ronald Popeil started his company, Ronco, in 1964. In 1998, The Showtime Rotisserie took Ronco to the next level, becoming a “must-have” item. 

Over 2.5 million units were sold, with total sales reaching $1.2 billion.


No more “potato peeling tools” for your cracked feet; you’ve probably heard that before.

The Ped Egg was one of the most successful products ever launched by television marketing company TeleBrands. First airing in 2009, the Ped Egg ads were in a way “gross.”  They mainly showed a sequence of people scraping dead skin onto the floor. 

And yet Ped Egg made nearly $450,000,000 during its TV run and continues to be one of the best products of its kind.


The Snuggie-sleeved blankets are a cozy solution to stay warm while watching TV without putting down the remote!

Snuggie outsold all its sleeved blanket competitors, even though similar products have been around for a while. More than 20 million Snuggies have been sold to date.

This success is primarily attributed to a wave of infomercials launched in 2008. These ads were a throwback to classic infomercials of the previous era, playing on classic infomercial tropes: unconvincing actors, wooden voice-overs, and smiles.

What also has helped push those numbers up is that the product is big with groups; bar crawls and sporting events are just a few of the Snuggie-required group activities.

In April 2010, Los Angeles Angels fans set a Guinness World Record when more than 43,000 spectators showed up to watch the game in their Snuggies.


We all remember Richard Simmons’s late ’80s dance-aerobics program: The series’ infomercials were epic displays of people dancing to a live band in a balloon-filled room.

With Simmons signature afro, short shorts, and special smile, he created a hit that continued until he closed his studio in 2016. The series raked in over $200,000,000 and is now available on Fuse Sweat, an offshoot of Fuse TV.


This simple exercise tool is placed between the knees and squeezed. That’s pretty much it.

But thanks to Suzanne Somers’ famous shot of her sitting on a couch, squeezing a butterfly-shaped exercise device between her thighs, adding some personal testimonials, and a realistic-looking doctor, Thightmaster was a big hit.

Somers now owns Thighmaster outright. When Thighmaster initially launched, the price was $19.95. And now you can have yours for only …  $79.99.

To date, Thighmaster has earned over $100,000,000 in revenue.


This knife claimed it could cut through a tin can and then slice through a ripe tomato like butter!

Well, Ginsu wasn’t that extraordinary. It wasn’t even Japanese!

This knife wasn’t born of innovation; it resulted from the effort put into creating the infomercial. Ed Valenti and Barry Becher aimed to boost sales of a standard kitchen knife named Eversharp. Their solution? A complete makeover. They rebranded it “Ginsu,” cast a Japanese chef for the infomercial, and a television icon was launched!

Years later, Valenti himself called Ginsu his “greatest advertising success.” The Ginsu infomercial’s impact reached pop culture, even inspiring a parody of John Belushi’s Samurai Deli on Saturday Night Live.


Using smartphone speakers in public, unreliable autocorrect, strange baby names, and other problems, this infomercial declared, “The world is out of sorts. We need to fix it quicker.”

After the ad highlighted some modern societal issues, it suggested  an absurdly satisfying solution to fix it: “Maybe the world just needs a Snickers.”

The ad won the best commercial on Super Bowl 2020.


Purple’s infomercial is based on their raw egg test, which they boldly declared was “a super easy way to tell if your mattress is awful.”

The Harmon Brothers created the egg test to highlight the benefits of this startup’s polymer mattress.

In the infomercial, an actress dressed as Goldilocks adheres four raw eggs to the underside of a 330-pound sheet of tempered glass and then drops it onto a Purple mattress to see if the eggs break. Remarkably, the eggs survive the drop onto the Purple mattress, while they crack when dropped onto traditional box spring models.

With over 100 million views and 158,000 shares, the ad generated massive online buzz and overwhelmed Purple’s manufacturing with the sudden flux of online orders.


Named the “The Greatest Viral Ad in Internet History,” this infomercial launched a little-known toilet accessory company into the worldwide spotlight. Using an ice-cream pooping unicorn, the Harmon Brothers produced an ad that featured a handsome prince discussing the importance of colon health.

In the first four months alone, the ad was watched 66 million times and shared one million times on Facebook.

Squatty Potty

Here’s the story: Mick and Mimi, a couple, invite a few friends over for a party. The following day, they all gather in the kitchen. Their friend Berman is hungover, wearing last night’s clothes. A woman in a housedress named Hazel comes in with a cigarette dangling from her mouth.

So, to amaze the guests, the couple used a bullet-shaped food processor called the Magic Bullet It whips smoothies, grinds coffee, mixes muffins, and scrambles omelets, and everything is perfectly prepared in just 10 seconds.

The $60 Magic Bullet generated nearly a quarter of a billion bucks in sales in just over a year.


Red wine spills on white carpets to coffee-stained shirts. Who doesn’t remember watching those stains just disappear after Billy Mays used OxiClean?

Mays is known as one of the greatest pitchmen of all time. Throughout the advert, he provides evidence of the product’s effectiveness. In the final part, Mays even provides consumers with his contact number for any questions and directions on how to make a quick purchase. 

Two decades later, this product still exists in stores nearly everywhere.


Shake Weight started as a product for women, but when the same product was launched for men, it earned nearly $40 million in annual sales.

Using science, the infomercial explains  how the product works better than traditional weights. with only six minutes a day this product claims that it will work multiple muscles in multiple directions all at once! 

Shake Weight

Turn off your lamps or other devices with just a clap of your hands. Nearly 30 years ago, this device made the way for so many subsequent smart home devices, allowing people at that time to turn electronics on or off by simply clapping.


Remember those bouncy shoe craze of the 90s, advertised relentlessly on Nickelodeon? While parents might not have been thrilled with the constant barrage of commercials (roughly 21 times an hour), at least the Nick-branded versions offered a safety upgrade. These bouncier shoes came with reinforced features, making them a less risky alternative to the sprain-inducing models that debuted in the 70s.


Slap your troubles away with Slap Chop. It’s simply a manual food-chopping device that works by placing it over the food and “slapping” the button on the top, which, according to Vince Offer, makes cooking much easier. 

For more than a decade, The Slap Chop has proved a commercial success. The ad itself sold 50,000 Slap Chops from direct orders and another 50,000 to stores nationwide.

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