Behold a Pale Horse: AI George Carlin Comedy Special

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Very crazy. I do AI stuff, and have thought about trying to do Mort Sahl, but it's probably impossible, although I have used it for print interviews and music, especially those who have passed on, or seem a good fit.

I gave it a chance, but it's horrible. I don't mind the voice, but the material is weak. Maybe I'll come back to it one day.



When I was a teenager, back when we listened to MP3s on Winamp, I downloaded a bunch of comedy specials. Steven Wright, Brian Regan, and George Carlin, of course. And I listened to them over and over. Some of them I've nearly memorized, albeit only in that "I always know the next sentence" sense, like with song lyrics. I listed the three above because they're the ones whose "voice" and rhythm I probably absorbed the most thoroughly.

So I can comfortably say that, yeah, this sounds like Carlin. The subject matter, of course. The voice, mostly. But even the cadence of the jokes. The preference for a setup followed by rapid-fire examples followed by blunt-force punchline.

Is it good Carlin? Well, I'm still in the middle of it, but so far: nah. Of course not. But it also does kind of sound real in the sense that, if he had kept performing this long, this is the kind of "on the nose"/parody-of-itself stuff that he could've very plausibly devolved into.

And, obvious, the title is perfect.



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I was looking forward to a world where dead people stay dead. Guess the catís out the bag. Furless and with its eyes hanging from its skull.