Will Machines Make Us Laugh? Episode 1 – Olga Koch


Olga Koch is a Russian-born stand-up comedian and actor currently living and working in the UK. She trained at the UCB Theatre in New York, as well as the Soho Theatre and the Free Association in London, and is also a computer science graduate. In 2018 she was nominated for a Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Fringe for her debut hour-long show, Fight, and before the COVID-19 lockdown she as touring her new show If/Then, for which she wrote an AI-like algorithm.


Joining comedian and philosopher Alex Farrow in this episode of Will Machines Makes Us Laugh?, Olga responds to questions such as:

How does AI and technology impact authenticity and truth in comedy?

Is using an AI to write jokes ‘tricking’ the audience?

Can technology prevent an audience from connecting with a comedian?