Has anyone else heard of Comedy Evaluator Pro software? First of all, it's real! It's not satire.
Second, it takes a recording of any live comedy act and calculates laughs-per-minute, the duration of laughter/applause breaks, speech-to-laugh ratios.... things I know all comics tacitly consider - in their heads, or in notepads, or that they listen for during playbacks of their performances (not unlike ball players watching game footage)...
But it seems a bit bizarre to have a program that could precisely numerically evaluate how funny you are. And of course, a computer doesn't take into account human variables (crowd size, crowd mood, previous acts, et al).
I'm sure that, in theory, something like Comedy Evaluator Pro could be very useful, but I think everyone would agree that Comedy is more art than science. To look at something so subjective with such a cold, clinical eye seems, to me at least, to be missing the big picture.
I'm definitely not against this type of thing (hell, I haven't even mustered up the [proverbial] balls to try an open mic yet), but I ran across this online and it seems to be very polemic - comics are VERY split on the issue.
Has anyone used this program or heard good/bad things about it? I know it's featured in the new documentary I Am Comic (Which definitely deserves its own thread!).
Some links and videos:
It's all very interesting, no?