1984: A guy named Charlie Schmidt made a video of his cat Fatso playing a keyboard.
2007: Schmidt uploads the video to YouTube
2009: Brad O’Farrell, with Schmidt’s permission, uses the video at the end of a blooper video to “play them off” like a Vaudeville act. Play him off, keyboard cat was born.
Shortly after: Most of the internet does exactly what O’Farrell did with widely varying amounts of compassion.
There are all kinds of these videos on YouTube and some are meaner than others, but here’s a taste:
Feel free to watch the billion other videos there are on the internet.