C. G. P. Grey

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C. G. P. Grey is an American–Irish YouTube content creator, known for creating the edutainment channel CGP Grey. The channel features short explanatory videos on varying subjects, including politics, geography, economics, and British culture. The channel's first popular video was an explanation of the terminology of the British Isles, which went viral.[1] Since then, Grey's videos have received increasing attention, having been covered by several publications, including Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Forbes, and The Washington Post.[2][3][4][5]

The channel has also spawned several spin-offs, including a secondary channel, CGPGrey2, and a channel with playlists of Grey's favorite videos called greysfavs.

In addition to video production, Grey is known for creating the podcast Hello Internet with Brady Haran, creator of many well known educational YouTube channels. In 2015, he started another podcast titled Cortex with Myke Hurley of Relay FM.[6]


CGP Grey
The logo of CGP Grey
Hosted by C. G. P. Grey
Language English
Length 1–15 minutes
No. of episodes 88
Debut 30 January 2011
Provider YouTube
Website cgpgrey.com

The channel CGP Grey provides, among other things, Grey Explains, a series of explanatory videos[7][8] on a range of subjects, including politics, geography, economics, and British culture. The videos feature Grey narrating over animations and still photographs. While nearly all of Grey's videos feature his voice, his face has never been shown in his videos, and always has his face obscured when appearing in other people's videos;[9] he often uses a stick figure with glasses to represent himself.[10] His videos also often include hidden links,[11] often leading to Monty Python videos.[12]

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.[13] The backing music is usually credited to Kevin MacLeod. Videos are released on the channel significantly less frequently than other YouTubers; Grey has said that this is due to careful rigor, with the majority of videos never being finished.[14]

Grey's video debunking popular misconceptions has been featured on CBS.[15] Two videos differentiate London, England and the City of London, while explaining certain oddities that arise from the ancient customs of the latter.[16][17] Another two videos explaining copyright law and The Electoral College have been featured on Mashable.[7] The channel has also explained the economic disadvantages of U.S. one-cent coins, in another viral video, Death to Pennies.[18][19] The video How to Become Pope also went viral.[5][20]

Several videos, under the collective name "Politics in the Animal Kingdom", 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 discuss the relative advantages of the alternative vote, mixed-member proportional representation, and the single transferable vote.

Grey's videos have been described as explanatory and sobering, especially Humans Need Not Apply, a video not included in his Grey Explains series.[2] Humans Need Not Apply was positively covered by several publications, including Business Insider, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.[2][3][4]

Grey Explains videography[edit]


Hello Internet[edit]

Hello Internet
A gray square with the letters "HI" in white
The Hello Internet logo
Hosted by
Genre Discussion
Language English
Length 40—180 minutes
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 43
Debut 31 January 2014
Related shows Cortex
Website www.hellointernet.fm

In January 2014, Grey launched the podcast Hello Internet along with co-host Brady Haran, another YouTube content creator and educator. The podcast peaked as the #1 iTunes podcast in United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Canada, and Australia[42] It was selected as one of Apple's best new podcasts of 2014.[43]

The podcast features discussions pertaining to their lives as professional content creators for YouTube, as well as their interests and annoyances. Typical topics include new gadgets, technology etiquette, workplace efficiency, wristwatches, and the differences between Grey's and Haran's personal mannerisms. As a result of their conversations, Haran has been credited as coining the term "freebooting" to refer to the unauthorized rehosting of online media.[44]

Hello Internet is published on a dedicated website and a YouTube channel, which is approximately 10 episodes behind the website releases.[45] The podcast does not have a strict schedule for release. The show began with a trial run of 10 episodes before Grey and Brady decided to extend the series, and currently has over forty episodes.

The show has had one special video podcast episode[46] at the President's office of the Royal Society in London. The episode mainly revolves around 3 objects from the Society.


On 3 June 2015, Grey launched his second podcast, Cortex, co-hosted with Myke Hurley of Relay FM. Cortex is mainly centered around Grey's workflow and personal management systems. The podcast is currently in a 10-episode testphase,[47] which is scheduling 1 episode per week.


  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 Kasanoff, Bruce (August 18, 2014). "If 'Humans Need Not Apply,' Will All Our Jobs Disappear?". Forbes. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Why Robots Will Steal Your Job, In One 15 Minute Video". Huffington Post UK. August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Love, Dylan (August 13, 2014). "Not Even Doctors And Lawyers Are Safe From Machines Taking Their Jobs". Business Insider. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Aaron Blake (February 25, 2013). "Why is the pope always so old? (Video)". Washington Post. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.extras.relay.fm/blog/2015/6/2/relay-fm-2015-summer-pilots
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b Laura Hibbard (December 20, 2011). "Santa Claus: A Brief History (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ Veritasium (June 28, 2012). "Science YouTubers Unite! feat. ... CGPGrey". YouTube. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Numbers confuse Americans - Numberphile". Numberphile (YouTube). 25 July 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d Godless Mom (August 18, 2014). "Every Atheist Needs: CGP Grey". Godless Mom. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "CGP Grey: Government of the City of London". Politics is Stupid. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Twitter / cgpgrey: Finally getting the hang of...". April 6, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Q&A with Grey #2 (One Million Subscribers)". YouTube. CGP Grey. November 20, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ a b Kieth Shaw (July 23, 2012). "Learn about the London inside London". IT World. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ a b Bailey Johnson (November 30, 2011). "Death to Pennies". The Feed Blog. CBS. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  20. ^ Lindsay Jolivet (February 21, 2013). "How to become pope instructional video goes viral". Yahoo! Canada. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ C.G.P. Grey (March 9, 2011). "The Problems With First Past the Post Voting Explained". CGPGrey. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. June 27, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  24. ^ David Haglund (March 12, 2012). "Did You See This? Daylight Saving Time Explained". Slate. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  25. ^ Will Goodman (January 3, 2012). "2012 and the end of the world according to the Mayans". The Feed Blog. CBS. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  26. ^ Chris Higgins (February 2, 2013). "Groundhog Day Explained". mental_floss. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  27. ^ Geoff Herbert (February 29, 2012). "Viral Video of the Day: Leap year's extra day, Feb. 29, explained". Syracuse. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  28. ^ Krulwich, Robert (June 20, 2014). "Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories". NPR. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  29. ^ Benny Johnson (December 6, 2012). "COULD TEXAS REALLY SECEDE FROM THE UNION? THE ANSWER IS…". The Blaze. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  30. ^ 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. 
  31. ^ Aaron Blake (January 22, 2013). "The debt ceiling, explained (VIDEO)". Washington Post. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  32. ^ Robert T. Gonzalez (14 June 2013). "This is the totally bonkers story of the US/Canada border". io9. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  33. ^ Casey Chan (December 23, 2013). "Whoa, this YouTube video will hurt you when you watch it". Sploid. Gizmodo. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Your Family Tree Finally Explained (Don't Expect to Understand)". College Humor. June 4, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  35. ^ Klein, Ezra (July 3, 2014). "What maps of America get wrong". Vox. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  36. ^ Cellania, Miss (December 18, 2014). "CGP Grey Explains The Lord of the Rings Mythology (Part 1)". Neatorama. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  37. ^ Rayner, Tristan (February 10, 2015). "The One Ring Explained: You've Seen Lord Of The Rings And The Hobbit, Now Understand It". Techly. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  38. ^ Farrier, John (March 10, 2015). "Despite the Title, This Video Will Actually Not Make You Angry". Neatorama. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  39. ^ Heater, Brian (March 25, 2015). "C.G.P. Grey Explains Which Countries Are Generally Considered Part of Scandinavia". Laughing Squid. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  40. ^ Dorn, Lori (May 1, 2015). "‘Las Vegas isn’t Las Vegas’, CGP Grey Explains That the Las Vegas Strip Actually Resides in Paradise, Nevada". Laughing Squid. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  41. ^ Romano, Andrea (June 26, 2015). "The Confederate flag isn't what you think it is, according to actual facts". Mashable. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  42. ^ "CGP Grey & Brady Haran - 'Hello Internet' American iTunes Chart Performance". iTunesCharts.net. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  43. ^ Haran, Brady; Grey, C.G.P. (2014-12-25). "Bumper Christmas Special". Hello Internet (Podcast) (27). Hellointernet.fm. Retrieved 2015-05-15. 
  44. ^ Oremus, Will (July 2015). "Facebook’s Piracy Problem". Slate (The Slate Group LLC). Retrieved July 2015. 
  45. ^ Haran, Brady; Grey, C.G.P. (2014-05-28). "Nobody Owns the Facts". Hello Internet (Podcast) (13). Hellointernet.fm. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  46. ^ http://www.hellointernet.fm/podcast/40
  47. ^ https://www.relay.fm/cortex/1

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