Was I late on the origins of Keyboard Cat? He’s actually been dead for 24 years.

Thanks to the vigilant contributors to Wikipedia’s well-cited “Keyboard Cat” page and Know Your Meme, I recently learned that Keyboard Cat’s name is Fatso and the original video was filmed either in 1984 (according to wiki) or 1986 (according to Know your Meme).  Fatso died in 1987.

In 2007, the owner and video’s producer, Charlie Schmidt uploaded a video titled “Cool Cat” on YouTube, where it remained in relative obscurity for another two years until February 2nd, 2009 when YouTuber Brad O’Farrell used a clip in his Fail-compilation, “Play him off, Keyboard Cat.”

“Play him off, Keyboard Cat” has since been taken down.

Also, in case you missed it:


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