Robotic Stand-Up Comedy: State-of-the-Art

  • Anton NijholtEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10921)


Humanoid and social robots have to perform in socially acceptable ways. They interact with humans and support humans in their needs and their activities. Stand-up comedy is an extreme form of human-human and human-audience interaction. It can be mild, but often it goes beyond what is socially accepted in verbal and nonverbal behavior and expressed opinions. But it makes people laugh and we can ask whether this can be done by robots and what we can learn from it for other ways of robot-human or robot audience interaction. In this paper we confine ourselves to a survey of developments in robotic stand-up comedy. We hope that this survey helps to stimulate research in this area and identify topics of more general interest in robot-human interaction.


Humor Social robots Stand-up comedy Human-robot interaction Audience responses Verbal interaction Nonverbal interaction 



This paper finds its origin in an “Artificial Intelligence and Comedy” meeting with stand-up comedians, comedy writers and AI and humor researchers. The meeting took place in St. Peter’s College in Oxford on November 25th, 2017. I’m grateful to organizer and comedy writer Charlie Skelton for inviting me and allowing me to present.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Imagineering InstituteIskandarMalaysia

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