Finally: Robot comedians

Indeed, Ginger’s charm lies in its very “robot-ness” — which has more in common with human comedy than you might think.

“When it talks about its ‘perception capabilities still being in development’ — that gets a laugh almost every single time,” explained Knight, who programs all of Ginger’s dialogue and movements herself. “People love when it goes all super-techy and acts like a real robot.

“One of the things I’ve learned from interviewing comedians over the years, is that part of what makes a performance compelling is authenticity. If you’re going to be a comedian, you need to bring material from yourself.”