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Bot Party is a live comedy show (watch here) with real ROBOTS performing alongside actual humans. Think Whose Line is it Anyway meets Survival Research Laboratories meets Depero's Futurist ballets meets a trunk full of clowns.

with AVA at SX Create 2016
with AVA at SX Create 2016

Our robots range from automated puppets to retired industrial arms to characters remotely powered by haywire chatbots, walking the fine line between Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Stupidity.

from Fusebox Festival 2015
from Fusebox Festival 2015

Robots are isolated and expensive outside of university or DARPA or Google. We are a pioneering non corporate collective of artists and engineers that have been electrocuted once or twice, working out of pocket for a while now ... we need your help to create and maintain equipment that can be both silly and safe for public performance.

Bot Party 3.0 aims to be a full production of up to 10 new live performances (watch here!) in Austin, TX with ongoing potential to record or take the show on the road regionally. With your donations, we can achieve this expansion, bringing Bot Party to more people and more places. Your donations will pay for items such as equipment and venue rental, marketing, production staff, crew and actors, as well as further development of our robotic ensemble's catalog of shows that can easily and safely travel to site shows at schools and children's hospitals.

Bot Party is a nonprofit theatre arts organization that arose out of Machine Shop performances with Austin’s hybrid arts Fusebox Festival in 2014 and 2015.

Ongoing collaborations between comedians and roboticists out of Austin Hackerspace, the Robot Group, Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have produced proper robotic characters "Annabelle" and "AVA," recently featured in a panel during 2016's SXSW Create, described by Engadget as “...a show that feels raw and raucous. As unpredictable and wacky as the real thing. It's bonkers and somewhat hypnotic.”

Risks and challenges

Many of our original robots are still in a development stage and use open-source programming wherever possible. Other robots are refurbished or on loan and somewhat fickle, but a goal of the show is to create a permanent ensemble of bots that are versatile, easy to 'cheat' when necessary, and ready for quick transport and load-in to possible remote venues.

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    Bot Party limited edition postcard, 'autographed' by Annabelle the robot.

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    All of the above, PLUS Two (2) tickets to "Bot Party 3.0," to be performed in Austin in fall of 2016.

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    All of the above, PLUS DVD copy of Bot Party shows from 2014 and 2015 Fusebox Festival

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    All of the above, PLUS "Spud Bud" Potato Hacking Kit.

    The Spud Bud kit will include an Adafruit Trinket, 1w speaker and compatible moisture sensor. Assemble and stab it into a potato (you provide your own potato) to hear an original and exclusive-to-your-potato Bot Party monologue.

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    All of the above, PLUS "Spud Bud" +++ BONUS +++ kit.

    The Spud Bud kit will include an Adafruit Trinket, 1w speaker and compatible moisture sensor. Assemble and stab it into a potato (you provide your own potato) to hear an original and exclusive-to-your-potato Bot Party monologue.

    BONUS KIT includes easter eggs and autographed limited edition print of the instructions signed by artist Nathan Livni.

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    All of the above, PLUS LIVE 1-hour APPEARANCE and performance by ANNABELLE at your prom, birthday, job interview or Bot Mitzvah. Subject to regional travel.

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