Over a decade since his passing, George Carlin, the legendary stand-up comedian, has been resurrected through the power of AI. Titled “George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead,” the special is an artificial intelligence-generated production. Released on Tuesday, this hour-long special is brought to you by Dudesy – a comedy AI that co-hosts a podcast and YouTube show alongside Mad TV‘s Will Sasso and podcaster Chad Kultgen.
“I just want to let you know very clearly that what you’re about to hear is not George Carlin. It’s my impersonation of George Carlin that I developed in the exact same way a human impressionist would,” the AI Dudesy explains at the start of the special. “I listened to all of George Carlin’s material and did my best to imitate his voice, cadence, and attitude as well as the subject matter I think would have interested him today. So think of it like Andy Kaufman impersonating Elvis or like Will Ferrell impersonating George W. Bush.”
Fans of the late comic, who passed away in 2008, are divided over the use of technology to revive his act. On one hand, it may seem ghoulish. However, on the other, it’s fascinating to speculate on what Carlin would currently be commenting on.
In the stand-up special, the AI-generated impression of Carlin addressed topics like mass shootings, the American class system, and streaming services. It also takes on social media and AI. AI Carlin even took jabs at billionaires such as Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, X/Twitter owner Elon Musk, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
George Carlin’s Daughter Railed Against the AI Impression
Kelly Carlin, daughter of the late stand-up comedian, took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the AI-generated special.
“My dad spent a lifetime perfecting his craft from his very human life, brain and imagination,” she wrote. “No machine will ever replace his genius. These AI generated products are clever attempts at trying to recreate a mind that will never exist again,” she wrote. “Let’s let the artist’s work speak for itself. Humans are so afraid of the void that we can’t let what has fallen into it stay there.”
Kelly added, “Here’s an idea, how about we give some actual living human comedians a listen to? But if you want to listen to the genuine George Carlin, he has 14 specials that you can find anywhere.”
Kelly Carlin clarified in response to a commenter’s inquiry that the AI comedy special had not received authorization.
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