Thursday, March 20, 2008

High Cost Of Laughing Is No Joke

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Economic times are tough these days, and we’re even paying big bucks for yucks.

That’s 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 there’s 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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