Thursday, September 29, 2005

The price of laughter

Reminded of an Elephant Larry gameshow skit as I write this, it's time to play, "How! Much! Would! You! Pay! To Laugh?!" All you have to do is think about how much you would pay for these gateways to hilarity:

1. Two "Saturday Night Live" tickets on eBay, with the entire bid amount benefitting Hurricane Katrina victims

2. The Complete Monty Python: The 16-Ton Megaset DVD collection

Before revealing the actual costs, I will offer my personal answers:

If my friend wanted to sell me SNL tickets that he/she secured for free (and, really, that'd just be rude and I'd question his/her friendship), I'd probably pay $150 for two stubs, assuming the quality of this season matches its previous. (During the Myers-Hartman-Farley-Spade-Sandler era, I'd have paid $200.) Why those prices? I liken these tickets to those for one of my favorite all-time bands or artists: I'd pay between $75 and $100 for one ticket to see 90 minutes of a favorite band I've never seen perform. So, I'd consider the current SNL product to be on the lower end of that scale. For the eBay bid, I'd have gone no higher than $200.

As for the Monty Python DVD, I watched almost all the episodes about 1 million times as a middle- and high-schooler and, honestly, I'm kind of burnt out on them. Still, I'd probably appreciate the jokes more now than I did as a teenager. I'm hoping the price comes down to about $100.

Okay, think about your answers.

Think hard now.

Think some more.

Keep thinking.


Okay, go ahead and check out these links for proof:

1. Winning eBay bid for two free-but-nearly-impossible-to-acquire SNL tix: $2,076.00 (link courtesy of The Apiary).

2. Monty Python DVD collection list price: 199.99 (Borders price as of Sept. 29: $179.99).

*Incidentally, this is my 100th Varsity Basketweaving post! Woohoo!*


BStu said...

In fairness, the current SNL cast is awfully talented. Can't beat the funny that is Will Forte, for starters. Seth, Amy, Rachel, and Chris Parnell are all also top notch. Mark my words, this is going to go down as one of the best casts in the show's history, though I expect they'll all be criminally unsung in their solo endeavors.