The Story Behind “Keyboard Cat”

by Joey deVilla on May 15, 2009

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

Another internet meme made the big time today – today’s edition of CNN’s “American Morning” ended with anchor Kiran Chetry announcing that they would be “played out” by “Keyboard Cat”. In case you haven’t yet seen them, Keyboard Cat videos all follow the same formula:

  • They all have the name “Play Him/Her Out, Keyboard Cat”
  • They begin with a segment in which someone humiliates or hurts himself or herself
  • They cut to a strange video featuring a cat playing a tune on a cheesy home keyboard

This is my favourite Keyboard Cat video, in which a guy learns an important lesson in nunchuk safety:

This one, featuring a guy whose parents are trying to convince him that it’s bad idea to broadcast his meltdown online, is a close second:

And now, we can find out about the origin of Keyboard Cat and how he turned into an internet meme, thanks to this story in the Los Angeles Times.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Luke Francl May 22, 2009 at 1:10 am

Those two are great, but this one made Jenny and me weep it is so funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcaULmvKv

Luke Francl May 22, 2009 at 10:28 am

FAIL! That URL should be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcaULmvKv-s

David Carroll June 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm

That first video is actually taken from a viral video produced by Victoria comedy troupe “Loading Ready Run” as can be found here: http://loadingreadyrun.com

They produced a series of viral videos as a tie-in to their “commodoreHUSTLE” series, specifically this episode: http://commodorehustle.com/2009/03/episode-6-viral/

It’s funny stuff, check it out.

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