Our Mission


We are the team behind the Armchair History website as well as The Armchair Historian YouTube channel. Our team was born out of the twin desires of discovering and creating, growing from one armchair historian to a company populated by researchers, writers, animators, mapmakers, and voice actors bound by our love of history. By using today’s cutting-edge technology, we’re carrying yesterday into tomorrow. We’re proud to bring you this new platform to binge historical content like never before.

Paul Redling

Business & Marketing Director

My name is Paul Redling. I’ve been an educator, musician, actor, technician, and have worked many other odd jobs, but my favorite hat to wear is Website Developer for the Armchair Historian. I grew up in Virginia surrounded by historical landmarks, so I came to understand the value of studying the past at an early age. I began as a fan of Griffin’s YouTube channel in its early stages, and eventually worked my way onto his staff. As a long-time supporter of educational content and its creators, I take great pride in developing a space for other armchair historians. I’ve worked closely and eagerly with the team since November 2019 to make Armchair History TV the definitive platform for quality educational historical content. 


Founder, Owner

My name is Griffin Johnsen, also known as “The Armchair Historian.” I have felt passionate about history ever since I can remember, being greatly influenced by my grandfather Norman, who served in the 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment as a Master Sergeant during the Second World War. Together, we watched countless documentaries and talked about his experiences in the war. After he passed away in 2008, I kept him close to heart and continued studying. Eventually, I decided to start my YouTube Channel in June of 2016 when I was seventeen years old. I called it “The Armchair Historian.” Despite the channel name, however, there is more to the channel than just me. On the team, we have researchers, script-writers, artists, and animators, all working diligently to produce well-made and informative history videos.