Improbotics is a science comedy show and a live Turing test. An artificial intelligence-based chatbot is performing alongside a human cast, and it tries to pass as human as it sends lines to one of the improvisers via an earpiece. Our hilarious challenge is to attempt to justify, physically and emotionally, AI-generated lines that may make no sense at all.

Improbotics was co-created by AI and robotics researchers Piotr Mirowski (UK/France/Poland) and Kory Mathewson (Canada), later joined by drama director Jenny Elfving (Sweden), science communicator Ben Verhoeven (Belgium) and communications and digital media expert Boyd Branch (US). Our show combines ideas from our previous troupe HumanMachine‘s Artificial Intelligence Improvisation, and from the classical improv game called Actor’s Nightmare or Lines From a Play.

Improbotics has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, RTÉ One, Globals News Canada and Bloomberg.
“Groundbreaking work […] high-quality comedy theatre […] poses serious philosophical questions” (Fringe Review, Brighton Fringe 2022).
**** and Ballsy Award (Binge Fringe 2020) and Most Innovative Show Award (Paris Online Fringe 2020).
***** “If I were introduced to a show like this as a kid, I would definitely have paid more attention to science class” (Phoenix Remix, Brighton Fringe 2019).
**** Edmonton Fringe 2018.
“This could be revolutionary” (Broadway Baby, Brighton Fringe 2018).
“I will stick with artificial stupidity” (Colin Mochrie, Edinburgh Fringe 2017).

Why are we doing this?

Improvisation is about risk, challenge, and cooperation. Improvisers take on seemingly impossible tasks, and through their skill and open mind, surprise themselves. In this show, we want to explore how human improvisers can seamlessly perform when a machine or another human feeds some of them lines via an earpiece. We want the team to play together in a single, grounded narrative improvisation.

Similarly to the Actor’s Nightmare improv game, the AI-controlled improviser (Cyborg) needs to justify their lines as well as they can. However, in this case, their lines are interactive and depend on the context of the improvised scene. The other improvisers, who are not fed lines, need to make the scene look natural. All the improvisers, especially the Cyborg, need to play grounded characters. The AI chatbot, who listens to the conversations on the stage and interactively produces the next line for the Cyborg will probably be, at times, nonsensical. The free-will improvisers, who do not get lines fed to them, need to create strong dialogue. Or they can, to the contrary, pretend to be the AI and through deception, introduce a wildcard into the audience’s mind. This setup gives many potentials for strong comedy.

Our Technology

The technology that enables remote control of a human player consists of a laptop, an FM radio transmitter/receiver with headphones, and our custom-made software that allows an operator to type sentences that will be sent to an artificial intelligence-based chatbot (initially based on HumanMachine‘s A.L.Ex, later built around the GPT-2 model retrained on movie dialogue from OpenSubtitles and, currently, on the GPT-3 model), that will in turn generate sentences to be said by the Cyborg improviser. A small humanoid robot, produced by EZ-Robot and running our custom software, is the host of our shows. In our language show, called Rosetta Code, we rely on Google Translate and speech recognition in the Chrome browser.

Creative Team

Artistic Direction:

Piotr Mirowski (Improbotics London) is an improviser and theatre actor who trained in Toulouse (C cédille  and Ligue d’Improvisation Universitaire, 1999-2002), New York (QUICKTHINKING! Improv, 2003-2006) and London (The Nursery Theatre with Jules Munns, Heather Urquhart, Hoopla with Steve Roe, Katy Schutte and Chris Mead, The Showstoppers with Pippa Evans, Andrew Pugsley, Sean McCann, Adam Meggido and Ruth Bratt, City Academy with Jake Lyons, Imprology with Remy Bertrand). Piotr studied for a Diploma in Acting at LSDA – London School of Dramatic Art (2015-2017). He has performed in several hundreds of improv shows, and was a member of New York-based improv volunteering charity Cherub Improv (2007-2013), performing in hospitals or nursing homes, London-based short form group Improvable (2013-2016), and artificial intelligence-based improv HumanMachine (2016-). Stage credits include The Hotel (Cambridge Theatreworks, 2003), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Moose Hall Inwood Shakespeare Festival, New York, 2006), Playing with Grown-Ups (LSDA, London Fringe, 2017), Medea (Wretched Strangers, Brighton Fringe and Camden Fringe, 2018) and Earthbound (Wretched Strangers, Brighton Fringe and Camden Fringe, 2019). By day, Piotr is a research scientist in artificial intelligence and robotics and graduated with a PhD in Computer Science at New York University in 2011.

Kory Mathewson (Improbotics Canada), a Canadian Comedy award-winning improviser, has trained at Rapid Fire Theatre (2005-present). Kory presented TEDxRFT alongside Julian Faid at the Seattle Festival of Improvised Theatre, Austin’s Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and was recently awarded “best of fest” at the Vancouver International Improv Festival. An endurance improvisor at heart, he has starred in multiple 50-hour Edmonton and London Improvathons (2012, 2016). He has performed and taught Theatresports and long-form narrative improvisation across Canada, the United States, and Europe at the Montreal Improv Festival,, the Bellingham Improv Festival, Rapid Fire Theatre’s Improvaganza in Edmonton, with Outside Joke’s main season in Winnipeg, and served as 2014 Artist-in-Residence at the Curious Comedy Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Kory is an innovator in the art form of improvisation, bringing new techniques and formats inspired by his work in cybernetics and artificial intelligence. In 2019, Kory obtained a PhD in Computing Science at the University of Alberta, with a thesis on “Humour-in-the-loop: Improvised Theatre with Interactive Machine Learning Systems”.

Piotr and Kory are co-creators of arts and science collective HumanMachine and of robot-based improv comedy: Artificial Intelligence Improvisation.  They have been improvising together on Human Machine since 2017 and have performed, remotely and on the same stage, at ImproFest UK 2017, Brighton Fringe Festival 2017, Camden Fringe Festival 2017, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. Their work has been credited in Avenue Edmonton, The Sunday Times, Canadian Television, RTE One, Bloomberg Business, Inverse and a feature in the New Scientist.

Jenny Elfving (Improbotics Stockholm), is a Swedish actor, improviser and playwright, who trained at Boulevardteatern, Stockholms Improvisationsteater, and Västerbergs Folkhögskola. Since 2011 she has taught numerous improv classes at Stockholms Improvisationsteater, International Theater Stockholm, and Improvisation & Co. As a member of the independent improv group Dramatiska who focused on dramatic genre based longform, she has co-produced and performed in Improvised Tennessee Williams, Improvised Ingmar Bergman, Improvised Woody Allen, Improvised Hitchcock, and the smash hit that played for a full house for 5 seasons: Improvised Roy Andersson. With Dramatiska, she performed at the New York City Improv Festival 2013, SWIMP 2017 and Best of Stockholm 2017. She is also the founder and producer of the improv group Hybris, which performs frequently in Stockholm and is known for their modern Impro-Flow concept. Jenny has also played 7 seasons in the improvised children’s show Sagogrottan, co-founded the experimental group Achtung Impro in 2017. She is currently directing her own play Invulnerable at Teaterstudio Lederman.

Ben Verhoeven (Improbotics Flanders) is a Belgian science communicator and improviser. He has a strong scientific background as PhD in Computational Linguistics and has let improvisation take over his life ever since. In his own company ERLNMYR, he performs improvisation shows about science (Hoofdstof, Improbotics, Full STEAM Ahead) and provides applied improvisation training to scientists. He is the co-founder and managing director of Swaajp Improtheater in Antwerp. They perform regularly in English and Dutch and have their own Swaajp School of Improv in which Ben is a teacher. As a member of Commotie — musical improvisation — he won the Kemphanen competition for best long-form improvisation show in Flanders in 2017. He also travels to international improv festivals to take workshops and masterclasses, to see shows, to teach, but also to perform with — for example — the Dutch-Belgian ensemble “Werewolves, the improv show” which he co-directs. He is also active in his new trio Prism, and the Brussels-based group ImproBubble. As a passionate organizer he is also a founding member of The SIN — an international network of ambitious improv players and organizers in Europe.

Boyd Branch (Improbotics London/Online) is a communications and digital media expert focused on creating dialogue around subjects of science in public spaces through improvisation, technology and theatre. A former Fulbright fellow, Branch’s critically acclaimed art, designs, lectures, and workshops have been produced off-off-Broadway and major cities in the U.S., England, Colombia, the Netherlands, and Pakistan (sponsored by the US State Department). A multidisciplinary artist and dedicated educator, Boyd has designed stereoscopic 3D media for planetariums, large scale architectural projection for festivals, interactive digital installations for museums, and presented his original improv focused science communication workshops at major science conferences and science communication institutions around the world. Most recently Boyd was awarded a Vice Chancellor Fellowship from the University of Kent to develop a series of digital media tools that will help scientists and science communicators more effectively engage with local communities. At Kent he also directs the Improvisational Media and Performance Lab, leading a cross disciplinary team in developing novel tools, experiences, and pedagogies for fostering adaptive radical social change. He is the co-founder of the Blue Bike Kid Show, which produces original STEM based material for the stage and web. He holds an M.F.A. in interdisciplinary digital media from Arizona State University, and an M.A. in theatre studies from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Sarah Davies (Improbotics London) is an Improviser, Drama Lecturer (UAL Acting) Producer and Playwright. She has a BA (Hons) in Drama with English, a Masters Degree in Drama and a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education. In addition to performing with Improbotics since 2018, Sarah is part of duo Twinprov, and co-runs troupe Plus Support. She performs in house teams Shuffle and The MOB with Hoopla (London), Close Distance with The Global Improv Project (Queen City Comedy, USA), City Impro (London/touring) and co-runs The British American Experience with Highwire Improv (USA). Sarah has coached improv widely, running improv school Improv Gym, Kent, and teaching for organisations including The Global International Improv Symposium, Improv College Canada, Mount Olymprov Festival, Greece (with Will Luera, Big Bang Improv) and Extreme Improv. Sarah particularly enjoys experimenting with new formats in improv, taking risks and pushing boundaries whilst focusing on connections and relationships.
Sarah trained in playwriting at The Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writer’s Programme and her commisions include for Theatre Centre, Cambridge Junction and Now Press Play. Her plays have been performed at festivals, new writing nights, and at venues including Waterloo East Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and The Royal Court’s Site. Sarah has also worked as a Theatre Reviewer for Total Theatre, and a Director for new writing, Fringe and student productions.

Mentors and coaches:

We have received advice from Adam Meggido (Showstoppers) and been coached by Chris Mead, Katy Schutte (Project2) and Jenny Rowe (Maydays).

Additional collaborators:

Gunter Loesel, Artistic Director of Improtheater Bremen, research head of Performative Practice at the Zurich University of the Arts, and creator of AI-based show “Almost Human” in 2019.

Etan Muskat, trained at Second City Toronto and Artistic Director of Bad Dog Theatre, has created in May 2017 a show called “Yes, Android“, featuring an improv cast where one of the improvisers was reading lines generated by a chatbot.


Stay tuned on our Facebook groups (Improbotics Ltd. UK and Improbotics AB Sweden), as well as our @Improbotics Twitter account for updates about incoming shows.

Edinburgh, Scotland: 2-27 August 2023
We are uncomfortably excited to debut at the legendary Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, doing a whole month run at 6pm! Come down to the Billiard Room in The Teviot.

Manchester, England: 22-23 July 2023
Stay tuned for details about our performance at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation as part of Manchester Fringe.

London, England: 28-30 June & 9 July 2023
We are part of an amazing line-up of shows about AI for the AI Festival at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham.

Brighton, England: 26-29 May 2023
We are back at The Rotunda Theatre for four 6pm shows at Brighton Fringe!

Past shows:

Oslo, Norway: 8 April 2023
As part of Short Notice Improv Festival, we had a wonderful show in Oslo at Kampen Bydelshus for our Saturday night show!.

Montréal, Québec: 3 March 2023
Kory Mathewson, Piotr Mirowski, Julian Faid and guests met up in Montréal for a night of Improbotics and Improvised TEDx at the O Patro Vys for a TechAide Montréal fundraiser for Update Required, Part 2.

London, England: 20 February 2023
Back at our favourite jam in London, DuckDuckGoose, at the Hope & Anchor in Brixton.

London, England: 17 February 2023
Kory Mathewson, Piotr Mirowski and the London troupe joined for one night only at the Etcetera Theatre for Update Required, Part 1.

Sofia, Bulgaria: 27 October 2022
Piotr Mirowski, Ben Verhoeven and a local cast made an impromptu show followed by a Q&A at Toplotsentrala as part of the Theatre of Wonder festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Birmingham, England: 2 October 2022
We performed at the Midlands Art Center as part of the Birmingham Improv Festival.

Leicester, England: 16 September 2022
We performed at the Sue Townsend Theatre during the British Science Festival.

[online] Bremen, Germany: 15 September 2022
We played a forbidden love story with Gunter Lösel and Improtheater Bremen in an augmented 2-theatre show during the Fliegenden Funken Gateway Impro Festival.

Mölndal, Sweden: 23 July 2022
Improbotics London and Stockholm met to perform a multilingual translation-based improv show at Improfest Sweden at Konstkollektivet in Mölndal.

London, England: 20 June 2022
We gave a talk on AI Creativity with an Artist-in-the-loop and an improv comedy performance for a 700-people crowd at Tobacco Docs as part of the Everyday AI London 2022 conference organised by Dataiku.

Brighton, England: 2-5 June 2022
We performed at the Rotunda Theatre during Brighton Fringe 2022, and earned a “Groundbreaking Work” review by Fringe Review.

Leicester, England: 19 & 20 February 2022
As part of Leicester Comedy Festival, we were hosted by the Attenborough Arts Centre at the University of Leicester.

[Online] International Theatre Festival in Iasi, Romania: 7 October 2021
We connected online with the Luceafărul Theatre in Iasi County, Romania to perform our science-infused Improbotics show as part of Iasi-Romania Festivalul International de Teatru pentru Publicul Tanar / International Theatre Festival for Young People.

London, England: 18 & 19 August 2021
We connected across borders and languages in a live show with augmented reality at The Cockpit Theatre as part of Camden Fringe 2021.

Brighton, England: 19 & 20 June 2021
We resumed on stage shows at The Warren as part of Brighton Fringe 2021.

[Online] Art AI Festival: 5 May 2021
Improbotics were excited to return to the Art-AI Festival.

[Online] Improbotics Online: 25 March 2021
Streamed on our own YouTube channel!

[Online] Winter Cyberland: 22 December 2020
For the first time, Improbotics streamed an interactive show on our own YouTube channel!

[Online] Robots vs Humans Comedy Show: 3 October 2020
Joining Prof. Naomi Fitter and her stand up robot Jon, Improbotics performs at the Maryland STEM Festival (tickets) hosting by Kasha Patel.

[Online] eXtreme Improv: 27 August 2020
Improbotics performs at the eXtreme Improv virtual festival.

[Online] Paris Fringe: 6 & 21 June 2020
Improbotics goes online, using the Virtual Director technology developed by Boyd Branch, and wins the Binge Fringe Ballsy Award and Paris Fringe Most Innovative Show Award (details and video).

London, England: 28 & 29 August 2020
Improbotics returns to Camden Fringe, performing at The Cockpit theatre

Brighton, England: 22, 23, 24 & 25 May 2020
Improbotics returns to Brighton Fringe, performing at The Warren: Theatre Box (2:30pm shows).

Stockholm, Sweden: 8 & 9 May 2020
Improbotics Stockholm return to Improvisationsstudion.

London, England: 10 March 2020
The Phoenix Remix Live Presents: Comedy Goes To The Future! at the Hoopla Impro Comedy Club. We are collecting donations for the The Douglas Bader Foundation.

Uppsala, Sweden: 6 March 2020
SWIMP Sweden International Festival at Reginateater.

Mechelen, Belgium: 19 February 2020
Improbotics Flanders premières at Theater M.

Edinburgh, Scotland: 1 March 2020
Improbotics London goes to the Edinburgh International Improv Festival. 7pm show at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Stockholm, Sweden: 28 & 29 February 2020
Improbotics Stockholm grow their cast and perform at Improvisationsstudion.

London, England: 15 December 2019
We celebrate the return of Improfest UK, with a performance at the Courtyard Theatre in Shoreditch at 7pm on Sunday 15 December 2019.

Göteborg, Sweden: 21 November 2019
Improbotics Stockholm and Improbotics London share the stage with Improtheater Konstanz during the international Improfest in Göteborg, Sweden.

London, England: 8 & 10 November 2019
We première a radical new show, “Rosetta Code”, at the Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London, as part of the Voilà! Europe festival. A multilingual “comedy of speech recognition errors” in Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Python, Spanish & Swedish.

Nottingham, England: 30 October 2019
Improbotics London partakes in the Improv Smash Night in Nottingham.

Würzburg, Germany: 25 October 2019
Improbotics London and Improbotics Stockholm take part in the international Würzburger Improtheaterfestival., performing at Theater am Neunerplatz, sharing the bill with “Almost Human”, a team inspired by Improbotics led by Gunter Lösel from the Zürich University of the Arts.

London, England: and 3 August 2019
We return to perform during the Camden Fringe Festival 2019 at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, with prime-time 9pm Friday 2 August and Saturday 3 August shows.

London, England: 15 July 2019
Improbotics Ltd. is back at the weekly DuckDuckGoose show and jam at the Effra Social in Brixton.

London, England: 8 July 2019
Improbotics Ltd. organises ImpRoboDisco, its fourth robot-compèred improv night at the Wenlock & Essex Pub.

Folkestone, England: 1 July 2019
Come jam with us with at Improv Gym Jam, organised by Sarah Davies and Jason Delplanque at the Folkestone Quarterhouse.

Antwerp, Belgium: 8 June 2019
Improbotics Ltd. expanded to a fourth country, adding newly-created Flemish team led by Ben Verhoeven and by taking part in the Vlaamse Impromarathon.

Brighton, England: 23, 26 and 27 May 2019
Improbotics International Corp take part in the Brighton Fringe Festival 2019, performing at The Warren: The Nest at 9pm on Thursday 23 May and 6pm on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May (tickets).

Leicester, England: 17 May 2019
Piotr Mirowski and Kory Mathewson as well as the London cast of Improbotics give a performance and talk at the Phoenix Cinema and Art Center during the Art-AI Festival in Leicester, organised by Prof. Tracy Harwood and Luba Elliott.

London, England: 15-16 May 2019
Jenny Elfving, Kory Mathewson, Piotr Mirowski and Sarah Davies present Improbotics at the Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium 2019.

Brest, France: 14 April 2019
Improbotics Ltd. participates in Festival International de Théâtre d’Improvisation SUBITO! 2019, performing on Sunday 14 April 2019 at Cabaret Vauban.

London, England: 8 April 2019
Improbotics Ltd. is part of the weekly DuckDuckGoose show and jam at the Effra Social in Brixton.

London, England: 19 March 2019
Improbotics Ltd. organises its third robot-compèred improv night at the Wenlock & Essex Pub.

London, England: 21, 28 February and 7 March 2019
Improbotics Ltd. returns to the Nursery Theatre to perform at the Thursday Night Lights.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: 31 January 2019
Improbotics International Corp performs at Impro Amsterdam. Tickets for the evening session and for the workshop on the “Actor’s Nightmare, with Robots!” on Friday 1 February, are available here.

Edmonton, Canada: 12, 19, 26 January and 2 February 2019
Improbotics Inc. Edmonton led by Kory Mathewson with an all-star cast from the Rapid Fire Theatre perform improv with an artificial intelligence on January 12, 19, 26, & February 2nd at 7:30pm at the Zeidler Hall in the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

London, England: 23 October 2018
Jenny Elfving guests at the Improbotics Ltd. night at the Wenlock & Essex pub. Additional guest acts were Somewhat Theatre, John Agapiou’s Threesome (with 5 people), Hoopla’s house musical improv team The Stacattos, led by Phil Lunn and the award-winning Music Box Improv.

Edmonton, Canada: August 2018
Piotr Mirowski and Kory Mathewson from Improbotics and HumanMachine perform in HumanMachine: Artificial Intelligence Improvisation at the Studio Theatre in August 2018 during the Edmonton Fringe Festival.

London, England: 1 August 2018
Improbotics Ltd London takes part in the Camden Fringe Festival and performs The Theatrical Turing Test at the Hen & Chickens Theatre.

Stockholm, Sweden: 13 and 15 July 2018
Improbotics AB Stockholm debuts at Presens Improkällare .

London, England: 21 June 2018
A robot-compèred improv night at the Wenlock & Essex Pub.

Edmonton, Canada: 16 June 2018
Improbotics Inc. Edmonton debuts at Improvaganza 2018 with an all-star ensemble cast.

London, England: 14, 29 June 2018
Improbotics Ltd. performs at the Thursday Night Lights at the Nursery Theatre and at Classic Andy Robot Improv Party.

London, England: 4, 18, 25 March and 8 April 2018
Improbotics Ltd. debuts during its residency at The Carousel at the Nursery Theatre.


Improbotics on 20 February 2022 at the Attenborough Arts Centre as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Improbotics on 18 and !9 August 2021 at The Cockpit Theatre as part of Camden Fringe.

Improbotics London on 1 March 2020 at the Edinburgh International Improv Festival at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Improbotics Flanders première on 18 February 2020 at Theater M in Mechelen:

Improbotics Stockholm and Improbotics London on 21 November 2019 in Göteborg as part of Improfest Sweden:

Improbotics London and Improbotics Stockholm on 8 & 10 November 2019 at the Rich Mix London as part of Voila Europe Festival:

Improbotics London on 2 August 2019 at Camden Fringe 2019:

Improbotics with Kory Mathewson, Gunter Lösel and London cast on 16 May 2019 at the Global Improvisation Initiative 2019 Symposium:

Improbotics Ltd. Theatrical Turing Test on 1 August 2018 at The Hen & Chickens as part of the Camden Fringe Festival:

Improbotics AB on 13 and 15 July 2018 at Presens Improkällare:

Ensemble cast for Improbotics Canada on 16 June 2018 during the Rapid Fire Theatre Improvaganza:



“Can AI-generated improvised comedy be funny?”, by Spencer Kelly, BBC News, 5 November 2022.

Human or Machine: A Behind the Scenes Look at AI and Improv with Improbotics“, by Holly Bartolo for the Phoenix Remix, 25 June 2021.

Master’s thesis:

Master’s thesis in Social and Cultural Anthropology, published in: Ellen Smith (2022) “A posthuman performance: enacting the potentiality of artificial intelligence through relationality on stage“, Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven.

Press coverage:

Piotr Mirowski interviewed by Mike O’Sullivan in “Artificial Intelligence Can Create, But Lacks Creativity, Say Critics” on Voice of America, 26 April 2023.

Piotr Mirowski and Jenny Elfving interviewed by Tina Daheley in “What the AI revolution means for arts” on BBC World Service – The Cultural Frontline, 4 March 2023.

Improbotics covered as a segment of “Who’s Buying the Metaverse?” (19:30 mark) on BBC Click, 5 November 2022.

Piotr Mirowski: Working with a robot allows us to reach the absurd” (in Bulgarian), BGNES, 27 October 2022.

Interview in Programata (in Bulgarian), 27 October 2022.

Leerlingen spelen improvisatietheater met een robot“, ATV, 3 May 2022.

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Craft Original Jokes—And That’s No Laughing Matter“, by Corinne Purtill for Time Magazine, 4 January 2022.

Stand-up comedy ‘written by bots’ is still one big joke“, by Tom Williams for ABC News, 3 August 2021.

De improviserende robot” [The improvising robot], by Kim Verhaeghe for EOS Wetenschap, 20 February 2020.

Improvisatietheater met robots gaat in première” [Improv theater with robots premieres], by Els Bellens for DataNews Knack, 20 February 2020.

“Robot speelt improvisatietheater” [Robot performs improv theater], by Stijn Van de Sande for Gazet Van Antwerpen (18 February 2020), Het Nieuwsblad (19 February 2020), De Standaard (19 February 2020).

Artificial Intelligence takes over Edmonton improv show at Citadel“, by Emily Mertz for Global News Canada, 17 January 2019.

A Robot Walks Into a Bar. But Can It Do Improv Comedy?“, by Alex Marshall for the New York Times, 8 August 2018.

So a Computer Walks Into a Bar“, by James Geary for the Wall Street Journal, 21 September 2018.

Improbotics: Bringing Machine Intelligence Into Improvised Theatre“, by Ingrid Fadelli for Tech Xplore, 20 September 2018.

AI tries bad improv to trick people into thinking it is human“, by Frank Swain for The New Scientist, 14 September 2018.

Hello World Canada: The Rise of AI“, by Ashlee Vance for Bloomberg, shown on 23 May 2018.

Robot’s terrible jokes are a new test of machine intelligence“, by Douglas Heaven for The New Scientist, 7 December 2017.

A.L.Ex the chatbot is learning to be human by doing improv comedy“, by Danny Paez for Inverse, 1 December 2017.

Will A Robot Steal My Job?“, by Anne-Marie Tomchak and Animo TV, shown on 13 November 2017 on RTE One.


Groundbreaking Work” according to John Hinton from the Fringe Review. “troupe of highly-skilled improvisers […] superb moments of comedy […] high quality comedy theatre […[…] truly extraordinary feat of software engineering […] this is a piece of work that poses serious philosophical questions”.

4 star **** rating by Binge Fringe, along a “Ballsy Award” and a “Most Innovative Show Award” by the Online Paris Fringe. “All of the performers showed excellent form to carry the show through despite being scattered all over the world. […] The implementation of the AI into these traditional Improv troupe games is genius and the pace of the event doesn’t skip a beat, even in between the monumental technical efforts undertaken to splice each player into a scene. This is exactly the kind of response that the creative world will have to look towards as we continue to learn to live with the current tricky situation regarding lockdowns and restrictions on how readily artists can perform together and in front of live audiences. […] raucuous fun, pure anarchy […] not to be missed”.

5 star ***** rating in “Improv at Camden Fringe – Preview Review”, by The Phoenix Remix, July 2019. “If I was Introduced to a show like this as a kid I would have definitely paid more attention to science class […] it is phenomenal to see just how much it has actually developed as a concept. It is engaging, it is like nothing else out there on the improv scene meaning that it is unique. To me, it has an essence of a Philip K. Dick novel and that is hauntingly beautiful and nerve-racking at the same time. GO SEE THIS SHOW.”

Review by Barbara Kolaric, November 2019. “All in the spirit and with the purpose of good fun, Improbotic’s Rosetta Code is an extremely interesting theatrical experiment involving technology: perhaps even more fascinating for its unusual concept […] being part of the process and observing the creativity taking place in the room was definitely a delight”

“AI Art Online”, by Luba Elliott, December 2018. AI Art Online is a collection of art, music and design created using machine learning, submitted to the NeurIPS Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design. The online gallery was curated by Luba Elliott.


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