Robots can do many different jobs, but one thing they hadn’t yet figured out—aside from a few well-timed beeps and quips between R2D2 and C3PO—was how to make people laugh.

Now there’s a robot in Japan with its own standup routine.

Professor Atsuo Takanishi of Japan’s Waseda University and his team have spent the better part of the last decade developing KOBIAN, an emotionally expressive biped android platform equipped with a double-jointed neck and motors to move its lips, eyelids and eyebrows to convey both facial expressions and body language.

Imagine a robot resembling a cross between a ventriloquist dummy and The Joker asking,

KOBIAN“Why was the robot angry?”

“Because someone kept pushing its buttons!”

About Rob Marvin

Rob Marvin has been covering the software development and technology industry as Online & Social Media Editor at SD Times since July 2013. He is a 2013 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with dual degrees in Magazine Journalism and Psychology. Rob enjoys writing about anything and everything, from features, entertainment, news and culture to his current work covering the software development industry.