Technology has gotten to a point where people don’t even have to be creative anymore. Case and point, the Olive Garden commercial that comedian Keaton Patti had a bot write after watching over 1,000 hours of commercials for the “Italian” restaurant.
The product may not be a perfect representation of what the Olive Garden is all about, but we’d be lying if we said it didn’t intrigue our taste buds and make us a little hungry. Keaton shared the script online to ensure everyone could enjoy learning about new menu items, like “lasagna wings with extra Italy” and “pasta nachos.”
I forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of Olive Garden commercials and then asked it to write an Olive Garden commercial of its own. Here is the first page. pic.twitter.com/CKiDQTmLeH
— Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) June 13, 2018
The script starts off in such a way that makes us contemplate whether machines better understand the concept of food than we humans do. “A WAITRESS comes to deliver what could be considered food,” the bot wrote, perfectly capturing the essence of what it’s like to eat at an Olive Garden.
“LASAGNA WINGS WITH EXTRA ITALY”
— Tuxedo Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) June 13, 2018
Someone even went so far as to screen test the commercial, and it’s comedy gold.
— Jerry (an aesthetic) (@metrojumbi) June 14, 2018
We are a little concerned about the bot, however, as the script very quickly dissolves into what sounds like a scene from Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare.
“Mouth filled with secret soup.” This horror version of Olive Garden is amazing
— Jay Talks Parrots (@jaytalksparrots) June 13, 2018
Can’t you picture “Friend 4” sitting there, maniacally smiling as Olive Garden’s “secret soup,” a menu you item you knew nothing about, dribbles out of the side of their mouth. There’s a beat as the camera slowly zooms in on “Friend 4” before everything goes silent and, soup still spilling of their mouth, they utter “Truth or Dare?”
Oh man, we’re almost as good as the bot
This isn’t the first time Patti allegedly forced a bot to do something. In March, he had a bot watch 1,000 hours of Saw movies. The product? Saw 9: Sawitdaba Da Bang Da Bang Diggy Diggy Diggy.
I forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of the Saw movies and then asked it to write a Saw movie of its own. Here is the first page. pic.twitter.com/peXPgjC1JY
— Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) March 1, 2018
Not to be a pessimist, but one may want to take all of this with a grain of salt. Patti is a self-proclaimed comedy writer, and things like “Becky Sexwoman” and “pasta nachos” seem to be written to incur a laugh, something a bot wouldn’t know to do just based on Olive Garden commercials and Saw movies.
I forced a bot to read over 1,000 tweets claiming to be scripts written by bots online, then asked it to write a script itself. It wrote these two pages, then hung itself. pic.twitter.com/KbFXStJuAb
— Christine Love (@christinelove) June 1, 2018
H/T: Mashable, Twitter