“good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the barbican centre. “comedy lab: human vs robot” will be starting shortly in level minus one. part of hack the barbican, it is a free stand-up gig with robot headlining.“

so said i, on the public address system across all the spaces of the barbican centre. didn’t see that coming when i went to find out how to request an announcement.

the gig started, people came – this photo makes it look a bit thin, you can’t see all the seated people – and tiernan did his warm-up thing. and most brilliantly, didn’t run a mile when we brought up the idea of another comedy lab, and getting a robot to tell jokes.