If you think gas is expensive, try pricing rubber chickens. Humor consultant Malcolm Kushner has tallied the Cost of Laughing Index since 1987, and he says the wholesale price of a dozen rubber chickens is up 8% since last year, from $72 to $78. On a bright note, the price of Whoopi cushions is holding steady at $1.20 a dozen. 

- I think the only people who buy rubber chickens by the dozen are the chefs as “Denny’s”  

- When fans of Whoopi cushions heard the news they had one thing to say: “Wow!” (Admit it… you thought I was gonna say “Whoopee!”)

- The cost to ABC of actually having Whoopi Goldberg sit on the cushions on the set of “The View” continues to rise.