Stimulus Package Jokes Up 78%
"Biggest Gift To Comics Since Shoes Thrown At Bush"
Use of the words “stimulus package” in jokes nationwide rose an unprecedented 78 percent in the last financial quarter, according to comedy industry estimates.
“From late-night talk shows to open mikes to the office water cooler, it’s boom time for stimulus package jokes,” says Jimmy Dellaconte, president of the Institute for Comedic Trends in Spokane, Washington. “The sexual connotation of the term is just to hard to pass up. It's the biggest gift to the comedy world since that dude threw his shoes at Bush."
Freddy Alexander, a stand-up comic from Passaic, NJ, said he added a four-punchline bit to his nightly set. “It’s a killer,” said Alexander. “Whenever I bring up Obama unveiling his package before Congress, but running it past his wife first – it’s the joke that tells itself.”
Kieran O’Rourke, a Starbucks barista in Des Moines, Iowa, who regularly faxes jokes to “The Tonight Show” and “The Daily Show” estimates that he has now sent 160 stimulus jokes.
“Either they’re ripping me off, or their writers keep coming up with the same stuff,” says O’Rourke.
Dellaconte said the forecast for stimulus package jokes was optimistic for the current quarter, but beyond that the future was uncertain. “As long as the Republicans keep saying the package is too big and it pleases all the wrong people, its still gold,” he said. “After that we’ll just have to hope it fails, so we can start all the limp package and package-doesn't-deliver jokes.”