This parody of an Olive Garden commercial is hilarious

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Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 14, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:34 pm CDT

Olive Garden commercials are known for being absurdly optimistic. The actors look around the chain restaurant with smiles plastered on their faces and feign amazement when a waiter brings a dish out. Everyone orders more breadsticks. The commercials have been parodied for a while, including on this SNL sketch from last year:

Writer and comedian Keaton Patti wrote his own parody of an Olive Garden commercial, which he posted on Twitter Wednesday. The tweet has received more than 65,000 retweets. Patti’s parody is in the form of the first page of a script for an Olive Garden commercial—if it was written by a bot. Some highlights: “Gluten Classico,” “Her mouth is full of secret,” and “I should eat Italian citizens.” Check out the whole script here:

Although Patti wrote in the tweet that he “forced a bot to watch 1,000 hours of Olive Garden commercials” to produce the script, he didn’t appear to actually use a bot. Patti has employed this joke format several times, including for a Saw movie script in March:

As research scientist Janelle Shane explains, even if you forced a bot to watch Olive Garden commercials, you wouldn’t end up with a script like Patti’s.

She tweeted that she wished “people wouldn’t present these fakes as bot-written. Actual AI-written text isn’t that coherent.”

Although Patti’s joke format could be misleading to someone who doesn’t realize that he’s actually writing the scripts, his Olive Garden parody is spot-on. And if the company liked what he wrote, Patti is more than willing to let it use the script.

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*First Published: Jun 14, 2018, 10:56 am CDT