Captain Disillusion: Heroic Feats of YouTube Debunkery - Live at QED 2016

  • Published: 30 October 2016
  • Self-proclaimed superhero Captain Disillusion reveals his cutting-edge techniques for analyzing viral video hoaxes and explaining them to viewers with tragically short attention spans. What visual effects tricks are commonly used by fakers? How can I make my own skeptical YouTube videos a little less terrible? Answers to these questions and more in the Captain’s award-pending talk.

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  • TheSunGamer101
    TheSunGamer101  4 days back

    This is amazing, but can anyone else hear a high pitched buzzing and clicking? It's super distracting...

    • Erwin Johann Arndt
      Erwin Johann Arndt  1 weeks back

      Its was like "WAAAIT A MINUTE, did I just put Matt Parker lecture by mistake?? and then my happyness level increased to Parker levels when I realized I picked the right video" :D

      • Creep302
        Creep302  1 weeks back

        So guys, we did it. We reached a quarter of a million subscribers. - Pyrocynical

        • スモークsmoku
          スモークsmoku  1 weeks back

          I always lost it when he punches that Vine guy

          • momoster69
            momoster69  1 weeks back

            no wonder the cap's videos are done so well. praise cap d. love u, my name jeff

            • TheEpicsportstime
              TheEpicsportstime  2 weeks back

              Huffing paint

              • Penny Lane
                Penny Lane  2 weeks back

                And some say he's frozen till this day.

                • zwippie92
                  zwippie92  2 weeks back

                  The end reminds me of the Police Squad series, the end of each episode. Funny serie...

                  • Hunter Smith
                    Hunter Smith  3 weeks back

                    Damn, I thought this was 'Heroic Feats of YouTube Debauchery'.

                    • greg worth
                      greg worth  3 weeks back

                      Well done. Thankful the rabbit hole lead to discovering this gents work.

                      • Vasily Sukhov
                        Vasily Sukhov  3 weeks back

                        Lol I just realized I m wearing the exact same t shirt as him

                        • blaster 0416
                          blaster 0416  3 weeks back

                          The first time I saw one of his videos, I thought it was going to be corny and goofy. But I'm hooked now. The content is excellent and informative. It is one of the best channels out there. Lucky me for finding this channel.

                          • blaster 0416
                            blaster 0416  3 weeks back

                            It's Clark Kent talking about Superman.

                            • Contax
                              Contax  4 weeks back

                              no joke, that 5th video of the lightning bolt hitting the car is right around the corner of where I live.

                              • Sebubu
                                Sebubu  4 weeks back

                                Great video, I wish we heard or saw the audience response on your video! :)

                                • norman graves
                                  norman graves  1 months back

                                  who is to say silver spray paint didnt huff him?
                                  I have to say that I hated that you debunked those russian humongous vids.. I was this close [-] to trying them myself but the thought of creating a living creature by fuqing an egg then having to possibly eat my own dna..turned me away from that idea. I will have to find a different path to taking over the world. so Ive turned to witchcraft.. fingers crossed
                                  thanks for you vid.s

                                  • Uri Ladror
                                    Uri Ladror  1 months back

                                    Hey, Captain, America needs you, no kidding! It is nice that you debunk viral videos, but there are many more videos that provide people with misinformation that need to be debunked. The Trump campaign is making such videos, feeding American voters with junk. We need you Captain, please debunk the political junk that Trump puts on the internet.

                                    • Ink le nation 1972
                                      Ink le nation 1972  1 months back

                                      I have only just discovered Captain Disillusion four days ago.. He is amazing!!! The ONLY PROBLEM I have with him is him saying.... “thAts an Australian accent”.. about the fake lighting strike video.... mate that is a ANGLO GREEK accent... Australia is a MULI CULTURAL SOCIETY.. and we very much believe in assimilation..., so there are MANY people’s from different cultures.. who totally bastardise the ENGLISH language... it’s kinda awesome.. so the voice you’re hearing? Is a STEREOTYPE of a Greek that grew up in Australia... it is actually as fake as the other EFFECTS.... (you have to be an Aussie to get the actual linguistic part of the joke).. which actually makes us Aussies Laugh our guts out.... the use of THAT accent is an actual comedic representation of a large part of our culture... See in other places of the world? It would be racist or hateful to use the “dumb wog” voice... (which is what it’s called).. (& no we don’t actually think other races are dumber than some).. though we do laugh at Americans a lot... AUSTRALIA IS A FUNNY PLACE...
                                      but yeah.. THAT voice is a total Australian cultural reference in comedy... no one ACTUALLY talks like that here...
                                      I’d also like to ask a question...
                                      ASPERGER or ADHD?
                                      I am both and CD seems like an amazingly successful version of the two combined... very inspiring..

                                      • Mahir Shahariar
                                        Mahir Shahariar  1 months back


                                        • impr0visati0n
                                          impr0visati0n  1 months back


                                          • Lucas Rayman
                                            Lucas Rayman  1 months back

                                            Me when I see Capt disillusion without make up on hol up

                                            • Chris Leone
                                              Chris Leone  1 months back

                                              He had his whole face painted tan here. Wow

                                              • Riley Roche
                                                Riley Roche  1 months back

                                                Notice the tiny thing I got wrong.. *he got wrong. LOL I love it, I honestly couldn't tell if it was meant or not but I'd like to believe it was, and fabulous it was :'D. Love the humor man!

                                                • baba yaga
                                                  baba yaga  1 months back

                                                  i just discovered his channel last night. been binge watching all day. this guy is great.

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                                                    • Nasser Victor Bazoun
                                                      Nasser Victor Bazoun  1 months back

                                                      Lol, you’re the best kind of dork and I, along with hundreds of thousands of people, love you for it. Keep up the amazing work!

                                                      • savage937671
                                                        savage937671  1 months back

                                                        This was very friendly and informational. We all are humans and experience the full spectrum of human emotions, people who don’t any effort into something don’t realize how much criticism can affect those who did. Albeit those who are quick to condemn others are they themselves weak and will break under and conflicting scrutiny. It takes real courage to power through even when close to the brink of giving up. “It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward, that’s how winning is done” -Rocky
                                                        Therefore under those wise words, Allan and Captain D are winners

                                                        • Chickennugget boidude
                                                          Chickennugget boidude  1 months back

                                                          here i am watching this when he has 7x the subs

                                                          • # Speed-R
                                                            # Speed-R  1 months back

                                                            Its nice to see captian without his maks.

                                                            • Insta Music Drop by Idmental

                                                              Please take my music ! Im serious!
                                                              I work on Reason too 15 years ago))

                                                              • Pongsathon Boonrod
                                                                Pongsathon Boonrod  2 months back

                                                                7:30 Yes, I got a slightly unfair advantage from my nationality.

                                                                • eshol
                                                                  eshol  2 months back

                                                                  What a entertaining, informative and a real representative presentation from alan, i mean captain.

                                                                  • ADrunkKoala
                                                                    ADrunkKoala  2 months back

                                                                    You are incredibly brave for going up and talking live. I noticed that you forgot how to breath constantly. This is why you needed to keep taking breaths.

                                                                    • Thomas LAURENT
                                                                      Thomas LAURENT  2 months back

                                                                      His presentation skills still blows me, actually my mind

                                                                      • Perfect Picture Studio
                                                                        Perfect Picture Studio  2 months back

                                                                        He just Froze at the end himself

                                                                        • SoLongSidekick
                                                                          SoLongSidekick  3 months back

                                                                          Jesus Christ this is cringey as fuck. Whether the whole anxious speech pattern thing was a bit or not, get it fucking together. It seems way too exaggerated to be a bit, and just ruins the whole talk. I couldn't make it past 13:30 before I just got annoyed and moved to something else.

                                                                          • Lorenz Espinosa
                                                                            Lorenz Espinosa  3 months back

                                                                            If I have the money right now, I would donate a ton of money on this man. He's so freaking genius.

                                                                            • Gabriel Grass
                                                                              Gabriel Grass  3 months back

                                                                              You should make a ted talk

                                                                              • Jackman
                                                                                Jackman  3 months back

                                                                                he sounds like he's having a panic attack

                                                                                • Win090949
                                                                                  Win090949  3 months back

                                                                                  I discovered this channel from Mark Rober’s drone video, anyone.

                                                                                  • broshaman
                                                                                    broshaman  3 months back

                                                                                    Dude, the captains not cringey, he's wholesome.
                                                                                    He's YouTube's Bill Nye the science guy. If you happen to see this, captain.
                                                                                    Know that your content is very much needed, and my children and I love your content.
                                                                                    You're one of maybe ten channels on YouTube that puts out wholesome, educational, but most importantly substantive works.

                                                                                    • Micha Tadema
                                                                                      Micha Tadema  3 months back

                                                                                      huffing paint

                                                                                      • Suada Ragipovic
                                                                                        Suada Ragipovic  3 months back

                                                                                        where's the C r o m e?

                                                                                        • SuspiciousStuff
                                                                                          SuspiciousStuff  3 months back

                                                                                          531 illusionists dislike the video

                                                                                          • JAMES BOND
                                                                                            JAMES BOND  3 months back


                                                                                            • Carl is not impressed
                                                                                              Carl is not impressed  3 months back

                                                                                              You dont press enter to comment on youtube

                                                                                              • Stefan Technologies
                                                                                                Stefan Technologies  3 months back

                                                                                                man, captain disillusion looks weird without any paint.

                                                                                                • Thomas Watts,  Jr.
                                                                                                  Thomas Watts, Jr.  3 months back

                                                                                                  Most noble Sir,
                                                                                                  I have been a fan of your videos for some time but I am not what one would call a social mediaite and so was unaware of your true depths.
                                                                                                  This video has granted me an oeuvre that increased my interest in your self exponentially and when you casually dropped a reference to Brazil as if awareness of its essence was a given, that interest went beyond normal bounds.
                                                                                                  In this day and age, I feel it necessary to ensure you that my interest is purely filial, intellectual and platonic.
                                                                                                  I would genuinely enjoy the opportunity of discourse with yourself, or even with Alan if you find yourself unavailable.
                                                                                                  Yours Most Cordially
                                                                                                  Eno Nevarraw