“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 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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