AI-Generated George Carlin Drops Comedy Special

Stand-up comedian George Carlin has been brought back to life in an artificial intelligence-generated special called ‘I’m Glad I’m Dead.’

Faheem Hassan

1/12/20241 min read

The AI-generated comedy special featuring the voice of George Carlin has been released more than 15 years after the comedian’s death, sparking outrage from Carlin’s daughter. The hour-long special, called “George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead!” was created by an AI program called Dudesy that learns from data to create new episodes of a weekly podcast and YouTube show co-hosted by Will Sasso and Chad Kultgen, with the AI acting as a third host.

Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, has come out against the special, posting a statement on Instagram, expressing disdain for the technological take on comedy and saying the AI impression will never “replace his genius.” “My dad spent a lifetime perfecting his craft from his human life, brain, and imagination. No machine will ever replace his genius,” she captioned a screenshot of a news story on the special.

The special addresses current topics Carlin may have broached in his comedy if he were alive, including mass shootings and billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.

“I just want to tell you clearly that what you’re about to hear is not George Carlin. It’s my impersonation of George Carlin that I developed in the same way a human impressionist would,” the AI says at the beginning of the special. “I listened to all of George Carlin’s material and did my best to imitate his voice, cadence, attitude, and 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.” The show is the second Dudesy comedy special. The first, an AI-generated standup routine featuring the likeness of former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, was removed after Brady threatened legal action.