Watch: The Story Behind The ‘Keyboard Cat’ YouTube Sensation

By Megan O'Neill 

Anyone that knows anything about web culture is familiar with Keyboard Cat—the blue t-shirt-wearing, keyboard-playing cat that has racked up tens of millions of views and “played out” thousands of FAIL videos.  But few know the story behind this infamous cat.  Where did he come from and how did he get so popular?  A new mini-documentary from VICE reveals the amusing tale behind the meme.

Brad O’Farrell posted the first Keyboard Cat video in 2007, but the history of the meme goes back much further than that to 1985, when zany artist Charlie Schmidt (who, as a side note, has a nose that he can move like an elephant…seriously!) created the original video.  In the video, Schmidt is quoted as saying, “If you want to see weird, just be it,” which pretty much tells you everything you need to know!

O’Farrell started posting FAIL videos of people falling and performing other ridiculous failures with Keyboard Cat “playing them off.”  Parodies began pouring in and it was all uphill for Keyboard Cat from there.

Check out the video below for the full story and let us know what you think!

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.