MOVE over Rust Abbott, turn in your grave Tommy Copper...
There's a new comedian on the block - and he's a robot. What's more RoboJase - a dead-ringer for Doctor Who's arch-emeny Davros - is mustard at taking the metal mickey.
The first ever android funnyman, built by Aston-based Robo Challenge, is sure to steel the show with an act that's nuts...and bolts.
RoboJase is designed to look like The Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury. The Channel 5 series, based in Digbeth, will film the robot's stand-up debut tonight at the Glee Club.
It will perform a five-minute slot alongside human rivals Rob Deering, Michael Legge and Lee Ridley. Ironically, Jason began his entertainment career as part of a comedy double act with David Walliams, who he met at university.
Jason said: "The idea for Robo-Jase came about when The Gadget Show tasked us with replacing ourselves with artificial intelligence. He has developed from a talking head to a life-size fully functioning robot.
"Naturally, I'd like to keep my job, so we thought we'd test him out on the comedy circuit instead, a career I set aside to work on The Gadget Show.
"For any comedian, playing their first major show at one of the UK's top comedy venues can be intimidating. In order to give RoboJase the best chance, we are using SHORE - Sophisticated High- Speed Object Recognition Engine - technology, which has been set to detect audience reactions.
"Out of the top performing jokes, we will hone five minutes of material for the discerning Glee Club crowd."
RoboJase tested his material at the Gadget Show Live at Lon- don's Earl Court earlier this month.
Jason, along with fellow presenter Rachel Riley, will be in the audience at tonight's gig, which will be screened on December 16.
Glee Club owner Mark Tughan said: "While we're sure RoboJase will do well, we've booked some top comics just in case his material flops.
"We regularly feature the best up-andcoming new acts on the scene, so if he does perform well it could be the start of a whole new career for Robo-Jase."
Those who prefer clean jokes, be warned: RoboJase's slot may feature a bit of oil.
"The idea for RoboJase came about when The Gadget Show tasked us with replacing ourselves with artificial intelligence. JASON BRADBURY
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