Cortana gives Siri some attitude in parody clip from Arsenio Hall Show

Microsoft's announcement of its Cortana voice command digital assistant in Windows Phone 8.1 did not go unnoticed by the media. This week, the U.S. late night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show decided to pit a fictional version of Cortana up against Apple's iOS assistant Siri.

As you can see from the clip (which has a few elements that may be considered NSFW), Hall tries to compare how the two virtual assistant work with similar requests. It would appear that Hall's version of Cortana has a bit more attitude than the more polite Siri as she proceeds to make fun of the Los Angeles Lakers, going out for grilled cheese sandwiches instead of making them at home, and more.

While we doubt the final version of the real Cortana assistant will display the kind of language and tone that this parody version displayed, it's still pretty funny. The voice also sounds a lot like Jen Taylor, who will reprise her Cortana role from the Halo games in the Windows Phone 8.1 version.

Just to make sure, we contacted Taylor via Twitter to see if she participated in the skit. Sadly the answer is "No" but she felt it was funny anyway, and we agree.

Source: Arsenio Hall on YouTube

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Wonder if MS had any prior knowledge of the script. If not, I wonder want they make of it. Publicly, probably won't say much, internally, I'd say they'll be pretty chuffed.

warwagon said,
They should just take publicity were they can find it.

I don't think chuffed means what you think it means.

I initially found out about this skit via Joe Belfiore's Twitter, and Larry Hryb tweeted it a little later, so if MS didn't sponsor it, they seem to be pleased by it

Go Cortana!!!!

I did find it a bit tasteless, but all in all it was funny and glad it was a bit more pro-Cortana. :)

garou_heki said,
that was really funny, but probably fake

That is some mighty fine detective work there partner, determining that an obviously scripted conversation between two phones is fake. You should quit your job and become an investigator, maybe you can get to the bottom of the bigfoot mystery.

siah1214 said,

That is some mighty fine detective work there partner, determining that an obviously scripted conversation between two phones is fake. You should quit your job and become an investigator, maybe you can get to the bottom of the bigfoot mystery.

lol epic

garou_heki said,
that was really funny, but probably fake

no fake. i put siri and cortana next to each other at home and they answered exactly like in the show ..

siah1214 said,

That is some mighty fine detective work there partner, determining that an obviously scripted conversation between two phones is fake. You should quit your job and become an investigator, maybe you can get to the bottom of the bigfoot mystery.


hmm you opened my eyes to new possibilities, which leads me to believe that you slack all day, play with your hand and post your mental breaktroughs on the internet

garou_heki said,


hmm you opened my eyes to new possibilities, which leads me to believe that you slack all day, play with your hand and post your mental breaktroughs on the internet


Take it on the chin and walk away.

siah1214 said,

Take it on the chin and walk away.

walk out of the room where my computer is? how long should i stay outside?

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