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“Dancing, Walking, Rearranging Furniture” Carter Pewterschmidt, also known as Cartermiroquai, refers to a song sung by Family Guy character Carter Pewterschmidt in the Season 14 episode “Scammed Yankees.” The song and cut-away gag are a spoof on the music video for Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity.” The video and Carter Pewterschmidt’s singing became a meme on iFunny and TikTok starting in late 2021.
On January 17th, 2016, season 14, episode 12 of Family Guy entitled “Scammed Yankees” aired on American television. In one scene, Peter and Lois Griffin mention a time when Lois’ father, Carter Pewterschmidt, was left alone at home without his wife Babs and started rearranging the furniture. Then, a cut-away gag surfaced showing Carter singing a parody of Jamiroquai’s song “Virtual Insanity,” specifically parodying Jamiroquai’s music video in which he’s in a room with a tall hat as furniture is moving freely around him. The Family Guy scene was uploaded to YouTube on January 19th, 2016, by YouTuber Phisixdude who titled it, “Cartermiroquai,” gaining roughly 826,100 views and 25,000 likes in seven years (shown below).
Dancing, walking, rearranging furniture,
Babs is shopping.
I let the bird out of the cage.
On April 4th, 2021, YouTuber ImaSm3my posted a 10-minute version of the Family Guy scene, gaining roughly 26,000 views in two years. However, memetic usage of the Family Guy scene and Carter Pertwerschmidt’s “Virtual Insanity” cover started en masse on iFunny in November 2021. Currently, the earliest known meme on iFunny using the scene was uploaded on November 10th, 2021, by iFunny user Plaboteur, earning over 190 smiles in a year and a half (shown below).
In November 2021, multiple iFunnyers posted memes with the scene. For instance, on November 13th, 2021, iFunnyer shlort posted a video that replaced the audio with a cover of the SpongeBob SpongeBob, Patrick Patrick song from TikTok, earning roughly 3,000 smiles in a year and a half (shown below, left). A few months later, on July 31st, 2022, iFunnyer SherkKing resurfaced the trend by mashing it with the Half Life ‘In The Virtual End’ meme, gaining roughly 1,900 smiles in six months (shown below, right).
On December 8th, 2022, TikToker epic_gamer_official posted the Cartermiroquai video, earning roughly 125,400 plays and 15,200 likes in one month (shown below, left). On January 25th, 2023, TikToker ch3zburrg3r posted the video, captioning it, “POV: The class when the teacher goes outside,” and gaining roughly 2.6 million plays and 408,300 likes in four days (shown below, right).
@epic_gamer_official #singingtexttospeech #greenscreenvideo #fyp #xyzbca #dancing #walking #rearrangingfurniture #babsisshopping #iletthebirdoutofthecage ♬ original sound
After the aforementioned video’s virality, the scene and song were used en masse on TikTok. For instance, on January 27th, 2023, TikToker .zuccherofilato posted an iteration with the My Daily Schedule: 1pm – Wake Up template, earning roughly 3 million plays and 477,700 likes in two days (shown below, left). References to the meme became more meta thereafter as it became oversaturated. For instance, on January 28th, 2023, TikToker tiztosteron posted a video that showed the scene in German, earning roughly 1.2 million plays and 237,500 likes in one day (shown below, right).
@.zuccherofilato too real to be real #familyguy #carterpewterschmidt ♬ original sound – wendy/rachel• ladylongneck fan
@tiztosteron warum klingt er so 😭😭 #fy #familyguy #rearrangingfurniture ♬ Originalton – tobi