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C.G.P. Grey
C.G.P. Grey's Logo
Hosting C.G.P. Grey
Genre Educational
Language English
Length 1–15 minutes
No. of episodes 71
Debut January 30, 2011
Provider YouTube
Website CGPGrey's channel on YouTube

C.G.P. Grey is an eponymous YouTube channel featuring short explanatory videos. The channel's first popular video was an explanation of the terminology of the British Isles, which went viral.[1]

The channel has also spawned several spin-offs, including a secondary channel, CGPGrey2, and a channel with playlists of Grey's favourite videos called "greysfavs". In addition, Grey created the podcast Hello Internet with Brady Haran, creator of many well known educational YouTube channels.


The channel provides, among other things, Grey Explains, which is a series of explanatory videos[2][3] on a range of subjects, including politics, geography, economics and British culture. The videos feature Grey, narrating over animations and still photographs. The backing music is usually credited to Kevin MacLeod. While nearly all of Grey's videos feature his voice, Grey himself has never been filmed or photographed within his own videos (except his hands), and always has his face obscured when appearing in other people's videos;[4] he often uses a stick figure with glasses to represent himself.[5] His videos also often include hidden links, often leading to Monty Python videos. Many of his videos feature pop culture references such as items from the video game Minecraft and Bitcoin logos shown as analogous to money.

Grey uses Final Cut Pro X to edit and add animations to his videos and records his voice over the music playing in the background on Logic Pro X.[6] Videos are released on the channel significantly less frequently than other YouTubers; Grey has said that this is due to careful rigor, with around one-in-three videos never being finished.[7] His video debunking popular misconceptions has been featured on CBS.[8] Two videos differentiate London, England and the City of London, while explaining certain oddities that arise from the ancient customs of the latter.[9][10] Another two videos explaining copyright law and The Electoral College have been featured on Mashable.[2] The channel has also explained the economic disadvantages of U.S. one-cent coins, in another viral video, Death to Pennies.[11][12] The video How to Become Pope also went viral.[13][14]

Several videos explain some differences between various election procedures, and are critical of first-past-the-post voting (gerrymandering, minority rule, lack of Condorcet winner, two-party system, spoiler effect) and discussing the relative advantages of the alternative vote and mixed-member proportional representation.

Grey's videos have been described as explanatory and sobering, especially, Humans Need Not Apply, a video not included in his Grey Explains, series.[15]

Grey Explains videography[edit]

Date Video Ref
January 30, 2011 The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained [16]
March 9, 2011 The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained [17]
April 6, 2011 The Alternative Vote Explained
April 19, 2011 The True Cost of the Royal Family Explained
May 23, 2011 How Scotland Joined Great Britain
June 22, 2011 Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever [18]
July 12, 2011 Gerrymandering Explained
August 23, 2011 Copyright: Forever Less One Day [2]
September 15, 2011 What are Continents?
September 26, 2011 Mixed-Member Proportional Representation Explained
October 24, 2011 Daylight Saving Time Explained [19]
November 7, 2011 The Trouble with the Electoral College
How the Electoral College Works [2]
November 30, 2011 Death to Pennies [12]
December 19, 2011 A Brief History of Santa [3]
December 30, 2011 2012 & The End Of The World [20]
January 24, 2012 10 Misconceptions Rundown [8]
January 30, 2012 Groundhog Day Explained [21]
February 13, 2012 Primary Elections Explained
8 Animal Misconceptions Rundown
February 28, 2012 What is a Leap Year? [22]
April 18, 2012 5 Historical Misconceptions Rundown [23]
May 29, 2012 Is Pluto a planet?
July 23, 2012 The (Secret) City of London, Part 1: History [9]
September 19, 2012 The (Secret) City of London, Part 2: Government [10]
October 10, 2012 What If the Electoral College is Tied?
December 4, 2012 Can Texas Secede from the Union? [24]
December 21, 2012 Holland vs the Netherlands [25]
January 21, 2013 The Debt Limit Explained [26]
February 19, 2013 How to Become Pope [13]
April 9, 2013 Vatican City Explained
May 7, 2013 Countries inside Countries: Bizarre Borders Part 1
June 5, 2013 Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders Part 2 [27]
July 2, 2013 The European Union Explained*
July 16, 2013 How to Become the British Monarch
September 9, 2013 What is reddit?
October 23, 2013 How many Countries are there?
December 23, 2013 This Video Will Hurt [28]
February 12, 2014 The Law You Won't Be Told
April 9, 2014 Are Hong Kong & Macau Countries?
June 4, 2014 Your Family Tree Explained [29]
July 3, 2014 American Empire [30]

Hello Internet[edit]

Hello Internet
Hello Internet Logo.png
Hosting CGP Grey and Brady Haran
Genre Discussion
Language English
Updates Current
Length 1–2 hours.
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Debut 31 January 2014[31]

Hello Internet is a regular discussion podcast hosted by CGP Grey and Brady Haran, peaking as the #1 iTunes podcast in United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Canada, and Australia.[32]

The podcast features discussions pertaining to their lives as professional content creators for YouTube as well as their personal annoyances and interests. It is published on a dedicated website and is also published on the YouTube channel "Hello Internet" one "season" behind the website releases.[33] A "season" contains ten episodes. The podcast does not have a schedule for release, and as such is released from anywhere between seven and twenty days. The show was originally meant to be only for 10 episodes, but was extended to at least 1 more series. The word "Freebooting" was suggested by Brady on the podcast, and refers to websites taking videos and re-uploading them to their own website.[34] Embedding a YouTube player is not freebooting according to Brady unless there are images or gifs that eliminate the need for watching the video.

There is also a post-podcast discussion available on reddit for those who would like to further discuss the episode.


Episode structure[edit]

The structure of the early podcast episodes is different from that of the later episodes, due to the fact that several episodes had been recorded before the podcast was made available to the public. As a consequence, the later episodes had a lengthy "follow up" segment at the beginning, during which Grey and Brady would discuss the feedback received about the previous episode. Brady and Grey often joke about how long their follow up takes, and have jokingly predicted that episode 50 will be 4 hours of follow up. After the follow up segment, Grey and/or Brady normally says an advertisement, and then the topic of the day is discussed. The post-ad segment contains within itself several mini-segments, including "Brady's Plane Crash Corner" and "Brady's Paper Cuts", during which Brady discusses his favorite topics, aviation related news and the little things in life that annoy him. They also sometimes discuss images from reddit about them. The structure of the episodes is not very strict, and the format is often referred to as "The two dudes talking" format by Grey and Brady. The two also sometimes joke about each other, such as when Grey created the term "Brady Typing", which is synonymous with Hunt-and-Peck typing.


  1. ^ C. G. P. Grey (January 30, 2012). "One Year & 100,000 Subscribers Later (Thank You!)". CGPGrey. YouTube. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Allegra Tepper (July 24, 2012). "These 10 Videos Turn Tough Topics Into Child's Play, 7. C.G.P. Grey: Copyright: Forever Less One Day". Mashable. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Laura Hibbard (December 20, 2011). "Santa Claus: A Brief History (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Veritasium (June 28, 2012). "Science YouTubers Unite! feat. ... CGPGrey". YouTube. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Numbers confuse Americans - Numberphile". Numberphile (YouTube). 25 July 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Twitter / cgpgrey: Finally getting the hang of...". April 6, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Q&A with Grey #2 (One Million Subscribers)". YouTube. CGP Grey. November 20, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Bailey Johnson (January 24, 2012). "Eskimos do not have 100's of words for snow, and other myths debunked". CBS. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Kieth Shaw (July 23, 2012). "Learn about the London inside London". IT World. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Sam Gibbs (September 20, 2012). "How to Become the Lord Mayor of the (Secret) City of London". Gizmodo UK. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ Mary Beth Quirk (January 13, 2012). "The Case Against Pennies Might Make You Want To Send Yours Back To Uncle Sam For Something Useful". Consumerist. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Bailey Johnson (November 30, 2011). "Death to Pennies". The Feed Blog. CBS. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Aaron Blake (February 25, 2013). "Why is the pope always so old? (Video)". Washington Post. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Lindsay Jolivet (February 21, 2013). "How to become pope instructional video goes viral". Yahoo! Canada. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kasanoff, Bruce (August 18, 2014). "If 'Humans Need Not Apply,' Will All Our Jobs Disappear?". Forbes. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Paul Caridad (February 3, 2011). "THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN, ENGLAND & THE UNITED KINGDOM (AND A WHOLE LOT MORE)". Visual News. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ C.G.P. Grey (March 9, 2011). "The Problems With First Past the Post Voting Explained". CGPGrey. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. June 27, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  19. ^ David Haglund (March 12, 2012). "Did You See This? Daylight Saving Time Explained". Slate. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  20. ^ Will Goodman (January 3, 2012). "2012 and the end of the world according to the Mayans". The Feed Blog. CBS. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  21. ^ Chris Higgins (February 2, 2013). "Groundhog Day Explained". mental_floss. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  22. ^ Geoff Herbert (February 29, 2012). "Viral Video of the Day: Leap year's extra day, Feb. 29, explained". Syracuse. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  23. ^ Krulwich, Robert (June 20, 2014). "Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories". NPR. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  24. ^ Benny Johnson (December 6, 2012). "COULD TEXAS REALLY SECEDE FROM THE UNION? THE ANSWER IS…". The Blaze. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  25. ^ Ed Carrasco (December 27, 2012). "WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOLLAND AND THE NETHERLANDS? YOUTUBER C.G.P. GREY EXPLAINS [VIDEO]". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  26. ^ Aaron Blake (January 22, 2013). "The debt ceiling, explained (VIDEO)". Washington Post. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  27. ^ Robert T. Gonzalez (14 June 2013). "This is the totally bonkers story of the US/Canada border". io9. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  28. ^ Casey Chan (December 23, 2013). "Whoa, this YouTube video will hurt you when you watch it". Sploid. Gizmodo. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Your Family Tree Finally Explained (Don't Expect to Understand)". College Humor. June 4, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  30. ^ Klein, Ezra (July 3, 2014). "What maps of America get wrong". Vox. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  31. ^ Grey, C.G.P. (2014-01-31). "H.I. #1: Being Wrong on The Internet". Hello Internet. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  32. ^ "CGP Grey & Brady Haran - 'Hello Internet' American iTunes Chart Performance". Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  33. ^ Haran, Brady; Grey, C.G.P. (2014-05-28). "Nobody Owns the Facts". Hello Internet (Podcast) (13). Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  34. ^ Haran, Brady; Grey, C.G.P. (2014-02-26). "Freebooting". Hello Internet (Podcast) (5). Retrieved 2014-06-17. 

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