Press coverage:

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.

Meet the smart robots with artificial irreverence“, by Oliver Moody for The Sunday Times, 11 March 2017 (pdf version).

Top 40 Under 40: Kory Mathewson“, by Catherine Barlott for Avenue Edmonton, November 2016.


Will Robots Replace Stand-Up Comedians?“, by Rachel Rosenthal, 29 November 2017. “I met Kory Mathewson a few years ago in Portland OR, when we were both performing in the Stumptown Improv Festival […] A really smart and talented improviser who is also a genius computer engineer person […] – he is always working on a crazy technology project. And his latest deep dive? An improvising Robot. […] Ok so a Robot isn’t going to take my job— yet. […] At the end of the day, Piotr reminded me that audiences go to the theater and live comedy (or movies for that matter) to see and experience human connection. And that’s a relief because that’s certainly something I can do that A.L.Ex cannot. So… I guess A.L.Ex won’t be taking over teaching my classes any time soon (plug! New Hip Hop Improv Classes open for registration now!)  But, I won’t be mean to A.L.Ex if I see it at DCM. I won’t pre-judge it. I may even ask it to do a quick set at The PIT sometime. I know I’ll be funnier.”

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation at the Etcetera Theatre“, View from the gods, 31 July 2017. “The most fascinating aspect of Artificial Intelligence Improvisation is that despite the characters being make believe, the technology behind this show is genuine. […] Gimmicky? Maybe a little. However it’s also very cool and a lot of fun to observe. […] they’re very well received by an enthusiastic audience […] Slightly ramshackle and prone to system error, but thoroughly enjoyable.”

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation“, by Kate Pettigrew for London Pub Theatres, 1 August 2017. “It is always interesting when something different is tackled in theatre and Artificial Intelligence Improvisation does just that.”

Albert and A.L.Ex selected at “Comedians to watch in 2017“, interviewed by Holly Bartolo for The Phoenix Remix (Comedy, Music and everything else in between). Our discussion was about building the artificial intelligence behind A.L.Ex, handling technical disasters on stage, finding inspiration in public solitude and inspiration from excited friends, my ongoing collaboration and ambitious projects with Kory Mathewson and the growing UK improv scene.


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