Cats: All over the Internet.
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Do you spend your free time perusing cat videos on the Internet? Do you loathe being able to do it in the comfort of your own home? Do you love the idea of spending $30 to join up to 799 other like-minded feline enthusiasts in an enclosed room, with no actual live cats, but with a few hours of cat videos? Well, now you can do all those things at Cat Videos Live!

Cat Videos Live! is “a feline film, cat comedy event and social gathering for all ages.” In other words, it’s a company betting that introverted cat lovers will spend $30 a ticket to share a cat video viewing experience with hundreds of others, with the vids projected onto a big screen versus playing out on their individual laptops.

Cat Videos Live! has partnered with CatVideos.com to produce a two-hour, high definition film that promises “exclusive” cat footage that has “never been previously uploaded to the Internet.” But really, has there ever been anything that has never been previously posted to the Internet, especially in the cat realm? Is there one thing I’d want to see a cat do that hasn’t already been put up there? Would knowing it already appeared somewhere on the internet stop me from wanting to watch it? Probably not. I mean, even knowing that this video compilation has been on the Internet since May didn't stop me from watching the entire 10 minutes. (Research, yo.)

The event also markets itself as a place to “provide a genuine atmosphere for animal lovers to experience the cat video phenomenon – together.”

As if the overwhelming cat phenomenon and the promise of cat owners bonding IRL isn’t enough to sell a $30 ticket, New York-based comedienne and ventriloquist Carla Rhodes will host the screening and provide live cat commentary. It's unclear if she'll have a puppet during the film, but I think having a cat puppet could really add to the experience... But is it worth $30? Unlikely.

Puppet or not, IRL cat worshipping events are all the rage these days.

In 2016, tens of thousands of people attended CatCon in Los Angeles, and the Internet Cat Video Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, paying anywhere from $30 to $75 a pop for festival tickets.

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Internet famous cats such as Lil Bub offer meet-and-greets at these events for an extra $50, adding to their already hyper-monetized social media channels. For instance, Lil Bub has 1.6 million Instagram followers, and Seattle’s own Henri has nearly 70,000 subscribers on YouTube.

Seattle joined the list of nearly 70 cities that will host a viewing of this film. But, you're going to have to wait for it: Cat Videos Live! won't be hitting the screen at the 800-person capacity Neptune Theatre until October 27. Ticket info here. If you’re a dedicated feline fan, you can pay $13.50 extra to be guaranteed seating in the first three rows (just in case you need to be as close as possible to the cat action).

As for me, I’ll be at home watching Henri do his thing, eating $30 worth of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Cheez-Its.

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