One actor described the experience as "like performing with a very new improviser with strange impulses," New Scientist reports.
But the cyborg did have a leg-up over the competition in some respects. It produced fewer spelling and grammar mistakes than the human improvisers. It also used longer words, whereas the human performers tended to use lines that were shorter and more positive.
This is not the first time AI has attempted humor. Earlier this year, a scientist programmed neural networks to write one-liner jokes and it came up with these two classics:
“Why did the monsters change a lightbulb? And a cow the cough.”
“Why did the chicken cross the road? To screw in a light bulb.”
They might not have you bawling with laughter but they are so unbelievably unamusing that they are, in their own way, just a little bit funny.
[H/T: New Scientist]