Thursday, March 17, 2005

Cost Of Laughs Up 2.6 Percent

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – We’re living in serious times and, as a result, we’re paying more bucks for yucks these days.

That’s the sobering news from humor consultant Malcolm Kushner, who annually puts out a “Cost Of Laughing Index” that monitors the prices of various “laugh indicators.”

The price for laughter in 2005 is up 2.6 percent from last year, in part because of a $316 increase in the price of a 30- minute sitcom script and a 10 percent increase in the price of admission to comedy clubs.

Kushner also says the cost for a singing telegram featuring a dancing chicken or pink gorilla has increased from $105 to $125.

There is some reason to chuckle. The cost for 12 rubber chickens is still only $51 and Whoopee cushions are a firm $5.40 per dozen.

Finally, a dozen Groucho glasses is still only $15.

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