How to be a Pirate: Captain Edition 🏴‍☠️🌈
CGP Grey
‣ Adapted largely from The Invisible Hook. It's great, go read it:
‣ Grey's 2-hour Director's Commentary:
## Special Thanks
Peter T. Leeson for reviewing a draft of the script. Check out his newest book, "WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird":

## Crowdfunders
Steven Snow, Bob Kunz, John Buchan, Nevin Spoljaric, Donal Botkin, BN-12, Chris Chapin, Richard Jenkins, Phil Gardner, Martin, سليمان العقل, Steven Grimm, Colin Millions, Saki Comandao, Jason Lewandowski, Andrea Di Biagio, David F Watson, Ben Schwab, Elliot Lepley, rictic, Bobby, Marco Arment, Shallon Brown, Shantanu Raj, emptymachine, George Lin, Henry Ng, Jeffrey Podis, Thunda Plum, Awoo, David Tyler, Derek Bonner, Derek Jackson, Fuesu, iulus, Jordan Earls, Joshua Jamison, Mikko, Nick Fish, Nick Gibson, Orbit_Junkie, Ron Bowes, Tómas Árni Jónasson, Tyler Bryant, Zach Whittle, Oliver Steele, Kermit Norlund, Kevin Costello, Ben Delo, Arctic May, Bear, chrysilis, David Palomares, Emil, Erik Parasiuk, Esteban Santana Santana, Freddi Hørlyck, Frederick The Great, John Rogers, ken mcfarlane, Leon, Maarten van der Blij, Peter Lomax, Rhys Parry, ShiroiYami, Tijmen van Dien, Tristan Watts-Willis, Veronica Peshterianu, Dag Viggo Lokøen, John Lee, Maxime Zielony, Bryan McLemore, Elizabeth Keathley, Alex Simonides, Felix Weis, Melvin Sowah, Giulio Bontadini, Paul Alom, Ryan Tripicchio, Scot Melville

## Music
David Rees:

  • CGP Grey
    CGP Grey

    The Quartermaster's version:

    • Nick Dodson
      Nick Dodson

      Oh, or a video on how the US was never a democracy, and has always been ruled by the wealthy.

    • Nick Dodson
      Nick Dodson

      How about a video about how trickle down doesn't work or how corruption works in the US government?



    • Rita Gasper
      Rita Gasper

      Is that Jacques Cousteau in the background? Lol, you and your Easter Eggs

    • Murffist DE
      Murffist DE

      It is fascinating that the captain's version has more views than the quatermasters ... So some have only seen one version. I feel sad about them.

  • The Alright Tank Historian
    The Alright Tank Historian

    You might also want to see "Why it sucked to be a pirate" before you choose as well.

  • David Provost
    David Provost

    Where is the CGP grey shirt for " Pirates get Booty" ?

  • Sam Pajam
    Sam Pajam

    merchandising in a nutshell

  • PsychoLucario

    "AND....We will torture crewmen to death while others watch!" "...ohhhh."

  • Tormented Ice cube
    Tormented Ice cube

    “Surprise pirates! Please present your booty!”

  • sexist air conditioner
    sexist air conditioner

    1:56 best pickup line ever "surpriiise, pirates. please present your booty"

  • L Buttons
    L Buttons


  • L Buttons
    L Buttons


  • Matthew Godfrey
    Matthew Godfrey

    How do I thumbs up twice

  • Flabby PigLegs
    Flabby PigLegs

    Can I have a 10 hrs of that ending?

  • The Looinrims
    The Looinrims

    This sounds like rape but with extra steps

  • Unlimited

    This isn’t Somali pirates btw much different 👀

  • Sean Dizon
    Sean Dizon


  • Solarusdude

    "I scorn to do anyone a mischief if it were not for my advantage." 😉

  • B Beasty
    B Beasty

    Wow, you really put things into perspective

  • Mujda Ameen
    Mujda Ameen

    3:29 "That captain is a fool and probably cruel treating his men like mule while admiring a jewel the whole crew sick of his rule!" Captain: Dude, Uncool

  • Lindsey Sang
    Lindsey Sang

    a little ssa-piratey, whatever.....

  • Habiba Sallam
    Habiba Sallam

    AKA California State University Maritime Academy

  • jold 317
    jold 317

    Can we have the adventures of the rhyming pirate

  • Jacob Glynn
    Jacob Glynn

    Watching this video for the first time was so surreal because of how different it was from all his previous ones.

  • Thomas Stüfe
    Thomas Stüfe


  • John Chapman
    John Chapman

    I’m down. Where do I sign

  • NPC 420
    NPC 420

    3:29 Top 10 rappers Eminem is afraid to diss

  • Dan Slater
    Dan Slater

    All the alliteration is incredible, Greys so talented

  • nuno rodrigues
    nuno rodrigues

    just like sumali pirates... confuse sjw noises

  • william rattanama
    william rattanama

    most Important Question - DID HE JOINED

  • dilophosaurus sk
    dilophosaurus sk

    In short: -Branding. -Grey spent way too much time learning to talk like a pirate. -When pirates attack, work with them, you have a decentish chance of living unharmed. -Pirates were not THAT evil, more like, 90% evil.

  • Laurence Basturkmen
    Laurence Basturkmen

    0:30 on one of the barrels you can see a bee with some treasur uhhh booty

  • heretustay

    “Hey handsome/beautiful” Presumptive, unoriginal, annoying “Please present your booty!” To the point, gender-neutral, jolly, has historical precedent

  • Ellie Swan
    Ellie Swan

    pinnacle of anarchy

  • Ellie Swan
    Ellie Swan

    never have i wanted to be a pirate more than in this moment

  • Ann Forever
    Ann Forever

    Why is the captain speaking like he's in a rhyming competition ?

  • Arlo Gaunt
    Arlo Gaunt

    HoW dO yOu Do FeLlOw CoUnTrYmEn?

  • Dedrian Sanchez
    Dedrian Sanchez

    That alliteration at 3:47 though.

  • Joseph Courtright
    Joseph Courtright

    Mr. Pirate you are welcome to take my cargo, but you should know I have six cases of corona virus. Are you sure you want to do this?

  • Manga Reader 831
    Manga Reader 831

    "Now fake guns don't shoot now do they?" I can't stop thinking about this line idk whyyyyyyy



  • Lucas Bazemore
    Lucas Bazemore

    I rewatched all of the Pirates of the Caribbean because of this video

  • Nicholas Gonzales
    Nicholas Gonzales

    Booty be licious 😆

  • Zariya Janine
    Zariya Janine

    Soo is he a pirate yet?

  • Gregory Li
    Gregory Li

    i wonder how long grey took to get into "the prirate mode" for the booty and jolly rojer with the feeling (not using some words because... the MEAN things)

  • Tube Craft
    Tube Craft

    the booty.

  • William Lin
    William Lin


  • Nicholas Barrera
    Nicholas Barrera

    “Booty be licious”

  • Ali the Heep
    Ali the Heep

    Alternate title: Booty and the Boop

  • SirDurtle

    But booty... be licious

  • Sam E
    Sam E

    "And you might beg for mercy in the last and longest moments of your life... boop!"

  • junoguten

    Had me at 'boop'

  • junoguten

    Impressive stuff, man!

  • rmpcop1

    lmao nice barrel sound effect

  • LessCommonKnowledge

    Someone watched an episode too many of Black Sails.

  • vincent28

    I never knew this grey robot could have such personality in voice acting. new tech is getting advanced.

  • medicmain


  • Professional Bandit
    Professional Bandit

    So pirates are like bad but good?

  • Mikhail Makharia
    Mikhail Makharia

    Pirates wants to: -Gain acess to your booty Allow Allow in Hard way

  • Coco Chen
    Coco Chen

    You could do a video about the requirements to become an astronaut and the specific people that can actually become one. Similar to the pope video.

  • Kimberly Pence
    Kimberly Pence

    The dang BOOP gets me every time.

  • Aero - AHA
    Aero - AHA


  • Adventurer32

    Help I'm stuck in an infinite loop.

  • Dragontamer9021

    "But lose and you might beg for mercy... in.. the.. last.... and.. longest.. moments.. of.. your life" *boop * :)

  • matress in my lung
    matress in my lung

    New recruit: that looks pretty fake Captain: :(

  • New Riechren
    New Riechren

    It looked like a video on how to be a Pirate but in reality Gray tricked us to learning business stuff and the art of naval war like Branding, Exchange rate, Deception, ect.

  • Ghost Chris
    Ghost Chris

    _but fake guns don’t shoot, now do they?_

  • Kid Los rrrLo
    Kid Los rrrLo

    Now how do you do fellow countrymen. Reminds me of a line in hearthstone when you place down convincing infiltrator he seys ... Hello fellow humans... And he's not a human

  • 2BasicN8

    Would love to try this in a pirate game.

  • Theo J.
    Theo J.

    “But lose, and you might beg for mercy in the last and longest moments of your life! Boop!” 😂😂😂

  • Daniel D
    Daniel D

    "Boop" 3:15

  • Daniel D
    Daniel D

    "Oh, that's not jolly, that's not jolly at all" (blood on the floor) 2:12

  • KiddoAndJerry

    But lose and you might beg for mercy in the last and longest moments of your life *boop!*