The original “Dancing Cockroach” GIF was uploaded to Tumblr by CGI artist named John Karel on July 12th, 2015.
The autotuned scat singing that is often paired with the animation was first uploaded to Twitter on February 2nd, 2019, by @ZavierFourside.
“Dancing Cockroach” GIFs started to be spammed on Discord, beginning in July 2019.
It was first paired with the mentioned voice recording in an Instagram post by kirbs.v1 on August 6th, 2019.
In the following period, “Dancing Cockroach” gained a large amount of popularity on the web, as GIFs and videos were spammed on sites like Instagram, Twitter as well as iFunny.
The first “Dancing Cockroach” YouTube upload occurred on September 7th, 2019, by Riffly2.
Image macro and GIF edits have all emerged online since, appearing on sites like Reddit as well.
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