Thats the serious news from Malcolm Kushner, a humor consultant in Santa Cruz, California, who annually compiles his Cost Of Laughing Index, a compilation of 16 leading humor indicators.
This year, the price of laughter has increased 5 percent, the biggest giggle gouge since 1990.
Kushner claims the increase is due in part to higher costs for a dancing chicken singing telegram, which shot up from $125 to $150; and a $654 increase for the average 30-minute sitcom script.
There is some reason to smile: The cost for a dozen rubber chickens stays firm at $51.
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