The Commentary Community was pioneered by Retsupurae in 2008. While Retsupurae's style of videos primarily revolved around riffing on the video in real time in a similar manner to Mystery Science Theater 3000, the style of video associated with the Commentary Community popularized by users like Boomstick545 centers more around cutting away from the source video to make a lengthy interjection. But cutaway commentaries existed before that, The Amazing Atheist made commentaries on VenomFangX in 2007, but there was no community dedicated to commentaries back then. Ever since then, the Commentary Community has been pretty much an underground influence on YouTube. It has gone through many ups and downs, with many people coming and going over time.