Funniest Music and Sound Jokes - Comedian: AI
AI AND INNOVATION
In this post we share some laughs while also exploring the role of Artificial Intelligence in comedy and humor, all in the theme of sound and music.
Artificial intelligence has come a long way in recent years, revolutionizing pretty much every industry ranging from healthcare to finance (And of course, Sound!).
But there's one area where AI still has a lot to learn:
We've all heard about AI's impressive feats in language processing, image recognition, and even game-playing, but what about its ability to make us laugh? As it turns out, AI has been trying its hand at humor for a while now, with mixed results.
Let us take a look at some of the funniest (and not-so-funny) jokes made by AI, and explore what they reveal about the state of AI and sound."
The Evolution of Jokes:
For those of us who grew up around the 80's and 90', we know how much we used to tell each other several jokes that would be passed around each other.
Each new joke someone told us served as a new valuable intelectual asset that served us the purpose to make someone else laugh.
There was always that friend that knew a lot of jokes, and knowing a joke that no one has ever heard before would net you the status of "That funny guy".
This innate human need to connect through emotions (in this cause laughter) has always been prevalent in the evolution of society, and one of the ways we started sharing this knowledge, was through the compilation of the best jokes in the form of books.
Having those books with hundreds of jokes at your disposal was the "social cheat code" you needed to become the comedian of the group.
Fast-forward to the late 90's to the beginning of 2000's, the Internet has started to become mainstream, changing society forever.
We slowly transitioned from going to our local library or bookstore to look for knowledge to just look on the internet for the information we needed.
Many of us saw in this technological advancement the greatest opportunity of all:
To have access to every joke ever created!
So we searched for the greatest jokes ever created, and there was no shortage of websites with "The best jokes about (insert group)" or "The funniest (insert group) jokes".
This post is a sort of tribute to those good old days where we used to navigate these websites endlessly discovering new ways to laugh and make our loved ones laugh.
Since we are a Sound related website, we will use jokes related to our industry to have some laughs and explore how Artificial Intelligence tries to make us laugh.
So let us introduce to today's comedian:
We asked ChatGPT for some Musician Jokes, we wanted to let it run with the least amount of influence possible on our part, so we started a new chat, and asked for the simplest prompt possible:
"Can you give me some musician jokes?"
ChatGPT then started writing some jokes, some of them pretty good and some a little...spicy!
To our surprise, ChatGPT actually censored itself before finishing the list, so we retried until he gave us the following jokes:
How do you get a guitar player to play quieter? Put sheet music in front of him.
What do you call a person who hangs out with musicians? Bass guitarist.
Why do bagpipe players always walk when they play? To get away from the sound.
Why did the bass player get mad at the drummer? Because he stole his girlfriend and didn't know how to use her.
How many lead guitarists does it take to change a light bulb? None - they just steal somebody else's light.
Why did the pianist break up with his girlfriend? She was always flat.
How do you know if there's a drummer at your door? The knocking speeds up and slows down.
Why do musicians have to be awake by 6pm? To start playing the gig at 8pm.
Why did the musician cross the road? To get to the second-hand store.
How can you tell if a singer is at your door? They can't find the key and never know when to come in.
Wow! Calm down ChatGPT!
While some of these jokes are actually pretty fun and clever, we can see a little bit of a bias towards roasting these groups and insulting everyone around them, which...
Actually makes a lot of sense!
There was a lot of banter and roasting involved in humor, and many of it was purposely offensive to entice a bigger reaction from the audience.
With ChatGPT being a language model trained to replicate human writing, it makes sense that it would draw the same tone of humor that was so prevalent in most of the backlog of internet jokes it was trained with.
To see how much of a bias ChatGPT could be having towards specific groups, we asked it for some beat producer jokes with the prompt:
"Can you give me some beat producer jokes?"
Why did the beat producer get lost in the studio? He couldn't find his way back to the beat.
Why do beat producers hate dealing with musicians? They never know when to come in and always want to play live.
How many beat producers does it take to change a light bulb? None - they just sample somebody else's light.
Why did the beat producer break up with his girlfriend? She was always off-beat.
How do you know if a beat producer is happy? They're always in sync.
Why did the beat producer spend all his money on new equipment? He wanted to drop some sick beats.
Why don't beat producers like to collaborate? They don't want to share their "secret sauce".
How do you make a beat producer angry? Turn off their computer while they're in the middle of a session.
What's the difference between a beat producer and a DJ? A beat producer can actually make their own beats.
Why did the beat producer wear sunglasses in the studio? Because he wanted to keep his production notes "underground".
It seems that ChatGPT is going a little easier on the producers, while still using musicians as a "punching bag".
The jokes are still very accurate and take advantage of the many stereotypes that are prevalent in the music and sound industry.
However, this doesn't beat a good comedian telling jokes with it's own style and intonation. Because of this we did the most obvious thing which was prompting ChatGPT to give us some more musician but in the style of a comedian.
We prompted ChatGPT:
"Can you give me some musician jokes, in the style of Dave Chapelle?
You know what they say about drummers? They have no rhythm. But seriously, who needs rhythm when you have a loud, obnoxious instrument that can drown out everything else in the band?
People always ask me, "Dave, what's the difference between a guitarist and a large pizza?" I tell them, "Well, a large pizza can feed a family of four."
You know what they call a bass player with half a brain? Gifted. Seriously, have you ever heard a bass solo? It's like watching paint dry.
I don't understand why people give so much credit to singers. I mean, they're just using their mouth to make noise. That's like saying a car alarm is a musical instrument.
You know what's even worse than a singer? A rapper. It's like they took all the worst parts of poetry and combined it with all the worst parts of music.
Have you ever seen a keyboard player? They're like a cross between a robot and a librarian. All they do is press buttons and turn pages.
Why do guitarists always play so loud? It's like they're compensating for something. Maybe they're just trying to make up for their lack of talent.
You know what they say about saxophone players? They're the only people who can make a Kenny G song sound good. But seriously, who listens to Kenny G?
I once asked a drummer why he was so bad at keeping time. He said, "I'm not bad, I just like to play with my own rhythm." Yeah, right. That's like saying you're not bad at driving, you just like to ignore traffic lights.
You know what's really funny? When a band plays a song and nobody in the audience knows the words, so they just stand there awkwardly pretending to sing along. That's when you know you've made it as a musician.
Once again, ChatGPT exceeds our expectations and gives a list of finely crafted musician jokes, all in the tone of Dave Chapelle and in a matter of seconds.
It is as amazing as concerning, and the next step would just be to have all of this be read in the voice of Dave Chapelle himself... which is very likely possible given the fact that is already AI capable of that.
While AI still has a long way to go in mastering the art of comedy, it's clear enough that it has the potential to make us laugh with its clever wordplay and unexpected punchlines.
And who knows, maybe one day we'll be watching an AI stand-up comedian on stage, cracking jokes and making us chuckle.
Maybe comedians will lose their job before musicians, Ah! ( A joke made in bad taste, at least you know it's human)
But until then, let's not forget the value of good old-fashioned human humor, with all its imperfections and offensive biases.