“Keyboard Cat”, Performed by Ron Livingston and Yours Truly

Pure awesomeness for a back-to-work Monday morning:

And for those of you who missed it, my accordion rendition of the tune:

Accordion, Instrument of the Gods It Happened to Me

The “Keyboard Cat Song” on Accordion

For no reason other than kicks, here’s a video shot earlier this summer – me playing the “Keyboard Cat song” on accordion on a patio at the end of a beery evening in Ottawa:

(If you haven’t heard of Keyboard Cat, here’s an explanation.)

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Teach Us About Rhetorical Questions, Keyboard Cat

Here’s a great scene from a Judge Judy case (never thought I’d write those words) in which a high school student learns about rhetorical questions the hard way: in front of millions of viewers!

And technically speaking, it’s astronomers and cosmologists who find out things about space, and what we think of as “rocket science” is really rocket engineering.


The Story Behind “Keyboard Cat”

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.