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Chilluminati is a supernatural and conspiracy podcast hosted by Mike "Mathas" Martin, Alex Faciane of Super Beard Bros, and Jesse Cox. It covers a variety of topics, ranging from the typical alien encounters, hauntings, unsolved mysteries, and famous conspiracies, but also covering folklore and mythology, internet mysteries from the new millennium, and the occasional dip into True Crime.

Each topic is chosen by one of the three hosts (typically rotating between Mathas and Alex) and independently researched by them. The other two go into the topic blind. Mathas covers a large variety, generally focusing on famous supernatural stories but also in-depth discussions on the mythology of UFO research, folklore creatures from around the world, and extensive dives into the lives of serial killers. Alex tends to focus on smaller, obscure topics, particularly recent mysteries from Reddit and other websites. On the rare occasion Jesse hosts, he brings unsolved historical mysteries he doesn't have an explanation for.


The three hosts offer wildly different perspectives on each topic. Mathas is a self-admitted alien enthusiast and generally believes in the supernatural (or as he clarifies, really really really wants to believe). Jesse is the skeptic of the group, and tries to find reasonable explanations and point out logical fallacies and holes in the evidence. Alex is somewhere between them, generally siding with Mathas but still questioning the stories. All three hosts are also perfectly willing to call out obvious scams and fake stories when they see them.

The show is hosted on Mathas' YouTube channel, as well as most podcast platforms. In addition to the regular episodes, they release an after-show discussing recent supernatural news, or in lieu of that, stories far too short to cover in the main episode. These are initially Patreon exclusives, but are compiled and released as full episodes every few weeks.


  • 1: Amityville
  • 2: Skinwalkers
  • 3: Hollow Moon Theory
  • 3.5: Inter-dimensional Music Lover
  • 4: Aliens: The Very Confusing Basics
  • 5: Annabelle and Robert the Doll
  • 5.5: Me, Myself, and the Ghost Who Wants to be Me
  • 6: Hollow Earth Theory
  • 7, 8, 9: Tommy Pitera
  • 10: Tamam Shud
  • 11: The Dyatlov Pass Incident
  • 12: Latin American Folklore
  • 13: Gef the Dalby Spook
  • 14: Alien Abductions - The Basics
  • 15: A Chat with Airdorf Games and the Satanic Panic
  • 16: Reading YOUR True Stories!
  • 17: Lydia Sherman
  • 18: Jane Toppan - The Angel of Death
  • 19: Krampus is an Alien
  • 20: Fengdu Ghost City
  • 21: The Moon/Mars Coverup
  • 22, 23: Missing 411
  • 24: Listener Stories 2
  • 25: The Fake Titanic, Beyonce, and Aliens
  • 26, 27: Andrew W.K.
  • 28, 29: The Mothman
  • 30: Indrid Cold/Mothman Part 3
  • 31: Loretto Staircase
  • 32, 33, 36: Ted Bundy
  • 34: Listener Stories 3
  • 35: Room 322
  • 37: Paranormal Contraception (Listener Stories 4)
  • 38: Alex Internet Mysteries
  • 39: Lake City Quiet Pills
  • 40, 41: Men In Black
  • 42: Cicada 3301
  • 43: A Rip in Reality (Listener Stories 5)
  • 44: Hollow Sun Theory
  • 45: Histories Mysteries: The Lighthouse
  • 46, 48, 49, 50: Skinwalker Ranch
  • 47: Minisode Compilation 1
  • 51: The Dream Murder Goblin (Listener Stories 6)
  • 52: James Dean's Car
  • 53: Minisode Compilation 2
  • 54: Cryptids of Africa
  • 55, 56: John Titor
  • 57: Minisode Compilation 3
  • 58, 60, 61: The Roswell Incident
  • 59: Minisode Compilation 4
  • 62: Dark Corners of the Internet
  • 63: The Girl That Stares at Me (Listener Stories 7)
  • 64: The Robert Taylor Abduction
  • 65: Minisode Compilation 5
  • 66: The Tomte Ft. Dodger!
  • 67: Minisode Compilation 6
  • 68: The Chupacabra
  • 69: Top Sex Mysteries
  • 70: Interdimensional Rebirth (Listener Stories 8)
  • 71, 72, 74: Robert Irwin
  • 73: Halloween Special YOUR True Stories! (Listener Stories 9)
  • 75: The Lost Colony of Roanoke
  • 76: Minisode Compilation 7
  • 77: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe
  • 78: The Voynich Manuscript
  • 79, 81, 82, 83: Project MK-ULTRA
  • 80: Minisode Compilation 8
  • 84: The Alien Jizz Incident
  • 85: Minisode Complilation 9
  • 86: The Raeliens
  • 87: The House of Infinite Rooms (Listener Stories 10)
  • 88: Minisode Compilation 10
  • 89: Davis is Here (Bohemian Grove)
  • 90: Power Ranking 3 Lesser Known Cryptids
  • 91: The Story of Borley Rectory
  • 92, 93: The Time Traveling Ghost Detective
  • 94: Death By Dancing
  • 95: Minisode Compilation 11
  • 96, 97: Betty and Barney Hill
  • 98: Minisode Compilation 12
  • 99: The Lost Egyptian Colony of America Ft. Wowcrendor
  • 100: The Big Three
  • 101: Faceless Humans and Nuclear Dreams (Listener Stories 11)
  • 102: Ranking Texan Cryptids
  • 103: The Ouija Board
  • 104: The Dybbuk Box
  • 105: Wendigo and Not Deer
  • 106: The Toynbee Tiles
  • 107, 108: The Green Stone Ft. Mikel Reparaz
  • 109: Minisode Compilation 13
  • 110: The Uganda Cult Tragedy
  • 111: Abducted by Alien Granny Garbanzo (Listener Stories 12)
  • 112: The Glamis Castle Monster
  • 113: Disney Deaths and Hauntings
  • 114, 115: The Lost City of Atlantis
  • 116: The Mysterious Lead Mask Deaths ft. Diction
  • 117, 119: Weird Corners of the Internet
  • 118: Minisode Compilation 14
  • 120: Boardgame Trips to the Void (Listener Stories 13)
  • 121, 122, 123: Ed Gein
  • 124: Minisode Compilation 15
  • 125: Strange Stories, Amazing Facts, All Faciane

Not to be confused with Yogscast's show of the same name.

This podcast provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Jesse and Mathas have missed appearing in one episode each (Episodes 5.5 and 89, respectively), due to technical issues and scheduling conflicts. Given that the show has run more than 100 episodes over three years and has been released weekly since early 2020, it's perhaps more noteworthy that Alex has never missed one.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Alex referred to Bohemian Grove as "Coconut Grove" multiple times during that episode (it's apparently the name of a theatre near him). That became a Running Gag anytime Bohemian Grove is mentioned.
  • Agent Mulder: Mathas, and to some degree Alex. That said, Mathas is perfectly willing to poke fun at some really stupid conspiracy theories. The entire "Hollow X" series and Mars Coverup episode (as well as large parts of most alien episodes) exist entirely to laugh at how utterly bizarre some conspiracies are.
  • Agent Scully: Jesse is this for the show. He does not believe in the supernatural, and while he does think aliens exist somewhere, they've never been to Earth.
  • Breather Episode: Between particularly dark or intensive topics, they'll generally cover a shorter story or do a Listener Stories episode.
  • Cartoonish Supervillainy: This was their interpretation of some of the CIA's more ridiculous actions during MK-ULTRA. Some of it was being conducted by literal Nazis in secret lairs with James Bond-esque death chambers. They came up with the supervillain "Herr Hypnosis" that personified it.
  • I Believe That You Believe It: Generally Jesse's takeaway from most testimonials and listener stories.
  • Berserk Button: Mathas hates phony researchers and scam artists trying to make a buck off supernatural events. He really loses his temper talking about the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists piggy-backing off this stuff to promote their garbage beliefs.
  • Brick Joke: In the 68th episode, Alex made a joke that he was going to have to host a 'Top Sex Mysteries' episode next week. Turns out, he actually did it.
  • Deal with the Devil: According to a side tangent, Mathas tried to sell his soul to get superpowers at some point as a kid. Jesse and Alex were incredibly amused.
  • The Doll Episode: Their episode covering Annabelle and Robert the Doll. Jesse and Alex later convinced Mathas to buy a haunted doll off Ebay, and he still hasn't removed the tape from its mouth.
  • Freudian Trio: Mathas as the Id, Jesse as the Superego, and Alex as the Ego.
    Alex: (pretending to be a viewer) I signed up for Chilluminati! I want Alex to kind of agree, I want Mathas to agree with me sight unseen, I want Jesse to tell me it's never gonna happen!
  • Guest Host:
    • Episode 66 was hosted by Dodger of Press Heart To Continue, with her presenting the topic and doing the research for the episode.
    • Episode 89 was recorded while Mathas was busy with a cross-country move, so Alex took over presenting duties while Michael Davis (of The Warp Zone, also Jesse and Alex's Scary Game Squad collaborator) stepped in as the third host for the episode.
    • Episode 99 had Jesse's long time co-host of Cox n' Crendor join in for a properly goofy episode on a very stupid conspiracy theory.
    • Mikel Reparaz of Vidya Game Apocalypse joined in for the first ever guest host two-parter for 107 and 108, after Alex had appeared on the aforementioned show.
  • LOL, 69: The entire reason for the topic of 'Top Sex Mysteries'.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Any time a supernatural encounter gets wrapped in a nice neat bow or if the story goes into way too many details, the hosts instantly stop believing it. Of particular note is any time the Warrens get involved.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: Discussed in their episode covering Tomte. Garden gnomes are based on old Scandinavian folklore, which is itself based on a Roman god.
  • Poe's Law: The 'Krampus is an Alien' episode, which dealt with Krampus as The Greys and Santa as a Nordic alien, was conceived entirely by Mathas and their researcher, as revealed at the end of the episode. It's basically imperceptible from actual alien conspiracies.
  • Police Are Useless: A running theme in their Ted Bundy episodes. By the finale, Mathas is completely fed up with how incompetent the police were and how many people died because of it.
  • Pyramid Power: Their logo is a stylized Illuminati symbol, naturally.
  • Reptilian Conspiracy: They've discussed the conspiracy where they're either either aliens or an ancient species living beneath the Earth.
  • The Stoner: The Boston Baked Bean Boy. He's a sentient baked bean that's always high. Honestly, It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.

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