If you’d like to lose all faith in science and continue to question why the world’s most brilliant people waste time and money researching bullshit, please read on. For the second time ever, a robot has been created and then set loose on a comedy club stage— because, uh, for science? I assume we’re supposed to be impressed with this thing — called Robo Thespian — that could tell a bunch of shitty jokes. “Pat Healey, professor of human interaction and head of the Cognitive Science Group at QMUL, and Kleomenis Katevas, a doctoral candidate, had the idea to test an audience’s reaction to the robot by having him perform a set at the Barbican Center in London,” reports Geekosystem.com, who wrote the following idiotic headline: “Robo Thespian Does Stand-up For the First Time, Does Better Than Most Open-Mic Performers.” Really, did the robot do better than most open-mic performers?
Heather Knight was the first person to create a joke-telling robot. And during its 15th season, South Park addressed the disturbing news with their own version—Funnybot. Check out the clip below to see how that played out.