Two Harnett County natives known throughout the country for their YouTube comedy series will return to their North Carolina roots with a performance at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh.
Rhett & Link will be the featured entertainment act at Dorton Arena on the State Fairgrounds at 7:30 tonight. They are well know in the local area. The pair first met in the first grade at Buies Creek Elementary School where they were sent in from recess for writing profanity on their desks. They then spent their detention time coloring pictures.
They grew up together, eventually graduating from Harnett Central High School and then North Carolina State University where they were roommates and graduated with degrees in engineering. They briefly worked in their fields before turning to entertainment.
They started careers as self-labeled internetainers. They are now known for their YouTube video series “Good Mythical Morning” which features videos and comedy acts on YouTube each day. The program has more than four million subscribers.
Rhett & Link have been featured on many national programs including several appearances on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and the “Conan O’Brien Show.”
In 2009 they were voted as No. 22 on Business Insiders Top 25 of the most creative people in advertising. Their advertising career included appearances in a Super Bowl ad earlier this year.
The pair originally filmed their videos on the streets of Harnett County often featuring local landmarks. One of their original studios was a small room in the rear of the old Harnett County Courthouse on the corner of Main and Front streets in Lillington.
Both have local ties to the community. Link is the grandson of former Lillington Police Chief Link Neal and was a pallbearer and spoke at his grandfather’s funeral earlier this year. His maternal grandparents also still live in Harnett County.
Rhett is the son of Campbell University law professor James McLaughlin.
In recent years, the pair returned to Harnett County as the guest speakers at Harnett Central High School’s graduation ceremonies.
Dorton Arena shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Lineup for the shows will begin no earlier than 6 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are free for first-come, first-served general admission seats as long as attendees have a ticket to get into the fair.