Claude outputs asterisk actions

When given a roleplaying prompt or system prompt, Claude sometimes likes to illustrate its response creatively by writing stage directions like *smiles* or *waves*. If this is undesired, you can post-process the output to remove words in between asterisks.

An example of how to do this in Python:

import re

text = "Hello. *My name is Claude. *I am an AI assistant."
cleaned = re.sub(r'\*.*?\*', '', text)
> Hello. I am an AI assistant.