Rhett and Link sing Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”… all night long

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Comedians Rhett and Link offered no explanation for the 11 hours they spent listening to Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long.” The only logical conclusion is that the song deserves that much airtime.

You know Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” right? That four-minute shuffle of ecstasy and hope and joy? That quasi-reggae, quasi-soul call to “throw away the work to be done” and “join the fun” (“It’s a mere-go-round”)? The definitive hit of the summer of 1983, a silky smooth song most appropriately released about nine months before my birth?

That one. Rhett and Link spent a full night the other week serenading the City of Angels to this jam.  

From 7:24pm until 6:34am the next morning, the North Carolina natives (Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, respectively) strapped together a microphone, guitar amplifier, and gurney and stormed through Los Angeles, cruising through Hollywood Boulevard, the bowling alley, and some backyard house party in the process.

At one point, they even paid a visit to YouTube celebrity family the Shaytards, bringing their big rig into the family’s living room at 1:40 in the morning to wake Shaycarl up and keep the party going all night.

As Mr. Richie sings: “Once you get started, you can’t sit down.” That’s a lesson more Shaytards should take to heart.  

The whole thing seems to lose a little bit of composure throughout—like at 2:48am when the two struggle to find a place to park—but hey, it’s hard enough staying up all night… all night!.

“I don’t feel good,” Rhett says at 6:21am, just eight minutes after the two resort to more or less humming the song’s hook and singing “Where is the sun? Where is the sun?”

“I kind of feel like I’ve been up too long.”

Which is exactly how you should feel after you’ve stayed up all night… all night.

Those lacking 11 hours to spare can find the abridged, altogether more cohesive four-minute cut below.

Photo via YouTube

Chase Hoffberger

Chase Hoffberger

Chase Hoffberger reported on YouTube, web culture, and crime for the Daily Dot until 2013, when he joined the Austin Chronicle. Until late 2018, he served as that paper’s news editor and reported on criminal justice and politics.