The synth setting, “English Irony”, seems to need a bit more development.
It’s only apparent how much comedy relies on extra-linguistic content when a joke or sketch is reduced to its barest bones. Case in point: Check out these two vintage speech synthesizers reciting Monty Python’s famous “Argument Sketch”. Here John Cleese’s bouncy Oxbridge manner is replaced by the emotionless deadpan of Stephen Hawking speech synthesizers. This might give a whole new spin on what is meant by “dry humor”.
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