By Eric Idle
What makes people bark?
Is the humorous bone funny?
What is the algebra of comedy?
Did the sitcom originate with the ape?
Carlton is an android (a 4.5 Bowie synthetic Intelligence Robot) who works for Alex and Lewis, comedians from the twenty-second century who shuttle the outer vaudeville circuit of the sun procedure identified sarcastically because the street to Mars. His challenge is that even though as a working laptop or computer he can't comprehend irony, he's trying to write a thesis approximately comedy, its position in evolution, and no matter if it may possibly ever be cured. And he's additionally learning the comedians of the overdue 20th century (including vague and esoteric comedy acts similar to Monty Python's Flying Circus) in his look for the comedy gene.
In the interim, whereas auditioning for a gig at the Princess Di (a sun cruise ship), his employers inadvertently offend the tremendous diva Brenda Woolley and get involved in a terrorist plot opposed to Mars, the house of Showbiz.
Can Carlton hinder Alex and Lewis from wasting their gigs, support them conquer the affection factor, and at last comprehend the which means of comedy within the universe? Will a robotic ever rather be capable to do stand-up? As Einstein may need stated, not anything within the universe can shuttle speedier than the rate of laughter.
The street to Mars used to be named the most effective books of 1999 by way of the Los Angeles Times.
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