Art of the Future Series
A Robot Walks into a Bar: What’s Funny About the Future?

Erin Jackson

Jason Weems


Comics will participate in a contest to determine who can make the best jokes about life in 2035.

And more to come!

For all the tools available to policymakers concerned with understanding how life is going to change in expected and unexpected ways during the next two decades, the one that has yet to be used may be the most poignant and entertaining: comedy.

In particular, satire, from the work of writer Mark Twain to the “newscasts” of Jon Stewart, has a rich history in popping bubbles of expectation and shaping how American society sees itself and some of its most vexing social, political, and economic contradictions. With the social-media amplified voices of today, comedy’s universal appeal can be even more important and engaging to a far wider audience that will only become more connected to one another during the coming decades.

Tying all of these influences together, the benchmark Global Risks 2035 report lays out the trends, technologies, and forces that are starting to reshape the way we learn, do business, fight, love, and invent. Like other Art of the Future project creative challenges, this contest will showcase the value of creative thinking about the future, especially technology, conflict, and demography. It will bring in new perspectives, which are increasingly valuable for their unexpected insights. By convening comedians and the policy community for an evening at DC Improv, there is an opportunity to develop the kind of insights about the future that only humor can reveal.

***Please note: While the show is free of charge, there is a two-item minimum***

DC Improv
1140 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

This event is a free-of-charge comedy show at the DC Improv and open to all to attend. Please register so we can account for space.