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Conner O’Malley’s New Standup Special is a Searing Critique of Our AI Reality

Pressing play on a Conner O’Malley video is a disorienting experience.

Could it be a continuation of a previous character or universe? Could it be another installation of truth hunter Host Mark Seevers, O’Malley’s creation for the 2016 election, who resembled Alex Jones if he were locked in a basement in Wisconsin for two years subsisting only on hot dog relish and stale rolls? Secure. Could it be another video of O’Malley hosting a late-night show on a bike, riding the streets of New York City while engaging in a blood feud with Greg Kinnear? Naturally.

But the video could also be a one-off piece of brilliance, like “Endorphin Port,” a perfect and bizarre representation of technology’s strange obsession with VR.


Conner O’Malley is the unlikely oracle of the internet. And his craziest comedian.

When I saw that O’Malley was releasing a stand-up special on his YouTube channel — an increasingly common move in comics — I had no idea what to expect. It was anything but your average comedy special.

If you’re unfamiliar with the background and lore of O’Malley’s work, I’ve covered it for Mashable in the past. In general, his work is interested in the absurdity of the modern world. He often does comedies with an emphasis on technology. But instead of mocking the corporations or billionaires at the top, he usually portrays a crazy everyman completely obsessed with the promises of technocrats. Often these characters intersect with the weird right-wing manosphere that exists online, with people who cosplay, who are in the military, who eat way too much meat, and who view capitalism as some kind of religion.

“Imagine Joe Rogan without the money,” O’Malley’s character says in his latest work, which represented a surprising moment of crowdwork clarity.

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Conner O’Malley is the unlikely oracle of the internet. And his craziest comedian.

In the traditional sense Stand-up solutions is hardly a stand-up special, even if it was filmed in front of a live audience in Brooklyn. O’Malley plays a character named Richard Eagleton who gives a presentation about a 5G-powered AI avatar he created for stand-up performances. If that sounds boring, I promise it’s anything but boring.

I can’t even begin to explain the path this video takes. There are lawsuits about the Toyota Rav-4, background information about Des Plaines, Illinois and so much about McDonald’s. There are some of the most vulgar images imaginable and a strange, somewhat touching backstory about why Eagleton embarked on his AI quest. There are moments of cultural criticism that somehow flow naturally from this deranged man on stage.

During this hour, O’Malley puts on a gonzo stand-up routine, and there are moments where you feel like you’re actually watching a little AI evangelist make a real investor pitch. And as someone who writes about the internet and technology, there are moments when things ring a bell a hell of a lot Like a two-hour presentation from a tech giant promising how great AI will be for everyone.

There’s a pitch-perfect reveal about what O’Malley’s character believes his AI technology could ultimately do – effectively force-feed American AI politicians – and what it will do, which is help create prisons. And yes, I promise again that this special is hilarious. It might also be the sickest thing you’ve ever seen.

Anyway, enough about me. I’ll embed the special at the end of this post. But if you’ve been checking out all the AI ​​headlines lately and been a little skeptical, this special is for you.

There is one perfect little moment that completely won me over. O’Malley’s character speaks to the crowd and asks them to guess a problem with the AI ​​he created. “Nobody wants it,” shouts one spectator.

O’Malley does not break away from his evangelical character. “Well, you have a negative attitude,” he replies. He then praises two of Croatia’s leading e-cigarette artists. This is all nonsense and is exactly the world we live in.

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