Rhett McLaughlin ’00 and Link Neal ’01 won for a video about pillows. Lots and lots of pillows.
Zach Galifianakis ’92 won multiple times for a Web-based talk show in which house plants play a prominent role.
All in all, not a bad showing for NC State alumni in the 15th annual Webby Awards given out by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
McLaughlin and Neal, who are far better known to their legions of online fans as the North Carolina-based comedy duo Rhett & Link, won in the Best Editing category for a backwards music video they made entitled “2 Guys 600 Pillows.” The “2 Guys” are Rhett & Link and, well, you’ll have to watch the video to see all the things they do with the pillows. It must be fun – more than four million people have already checked it out.
Rhett & Link beat out nominees from National Geographic, ESPN and EMI Music.
Galifianakis won three awards – Best Web Personality, Comedy: Individual Short or Episode, and Variety – for his Web-based talk show, “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.” Two of the awards were for an episode in which he interviewed actor Steve Carell. (Warning: If you go to YouTube in search of “Ferns,” the language gets a bit crude at times.) Galifianakis was also a People’s Voice winner.