Thats the serious scoop from Malcolm Kushner, a California-based humor consultant who annually releases his Cost Of Laughing Index, a compilation of 16 leading humor indicators including the price of admission to comedy clubs, rubber chickens, whoopee cushions, and Groucho glasses.
This year, the cost of laughing has increased by 4 percent, evident in the steep prices of singing telegrams, which are costing funny folks $100 more than last year.
The price for a pink gorilla or dancing chicken telegram clucks in at a whopping $250.
The fee for writing a half-hour TV sitcom has also skyrocketed, costing a pricey $15,482, while the cover price for an issue of MAD magazine has jumped from $3.99 to $4.99.
But theres still a reason to smile: The cost for a dozen rubber chickens stays at a firm $51, while Groucho glasses and whoopee cushions also remain at the same price as last year.
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