HOAX: Guy Who Asked YouTube For $1 Million & Got It… Was Lying

By Megan O'Neill Comment

Remember Craig Rowin, the comedian that asked Internet viewers for $1 million on YouTube and got it? Well it turns out that the campaign was an elaborate hoax. That’s right. Rowin isn’t getting one million dollars, or even fifty dollars for that matter. But really, how surprised should we be?

Rowin admitted that the campaign was a hoax in a video uploaded to the RoryAndCraig YouTube channel at the beginning of this month. However, with only around 4,000 views it seems that Rowin’s confession has gotten a whole lot less coverage than the initial campaign. Following the announcement that a millionaire would be giving him one million dollars he appeared in The Daily News, and on Japanese, Australian and Canadian television. So why did he do it? In the new video Rowin says, “I don’t know, I guess I just thought it would be pretty funny.”

But what about all the people who came out to the UCB Theater on February 2 to see Craig Rowin get the check from the supposed millionaire? Well, they saw him get the million-dollar check from an actor named Ed Moroney. But then he set it on fire and exposed the truth about the campaign. He got a round of applause from the audience at the UCB Theater, but will the Internet audience take so kindly to Rowin’s Hoax? What do you think?

The Please Give Me One Million Dollars campaign takes its place in a long line of viral hoaxes, including liquid mountaineers walking on water, fake wedding proposals, fake babies and more. I had my doubts about this one from the start, but I was hoping that it was for real because that would have been awesome. I wrote in my previous post that, “I wouldn’t be surprised if I found out that the Upright Citizens Brigade was pulling this off as a publicity stunt. After all, Craig and Rory are UCB comedians and the check is being handed over on the UCB stage. But I guess we’ll only know for sure once we see what happens on February 2 and my fingers are crossed that this is for real because, in the words of Craig Rowin, “it would be awesome!””

It’s still not clear whether UCB was behind the hoax or if Craig Rowin and his friends did it on their own accord. But I must admit that I’m a little bummed out that it wasn’t for real. I think it would be awesome to see the day that someone asked the Internet for one million dollars and got it. Who knows, maybe it’s just around the corner!