It's No Joke: Minimum Wage for Comedians

A New York politician says comedians can't survive in Manhattan on the money they make telling jokes. So Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat is sponsoring a bill requiring comedy clubs to pay stand-up comics a minimum wage of up to $120 per weekend set. But club owners aren't laughing. Then again, neither are the comedians. Since the bill hasn't got a backer in the state Senate, it will probably, like many a one-liner, fall flat.

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