In California: Learning to Laugh

Regard Malcolm L. Kushner, humor consultant, and how he got to be this way.

Boy grows up in Queens, N.Y., thinks he's funny, but cannot see how to turn his mirth into money. Young man gets a degree in communications, then a graduate degree in language theory, but cannot make heads or tails of what he's up to. "There is never any resolution in this," he says to himself. "You come in and argue theories, social sciences, and the next week you come in and argue all over again."

Then a thought hits: "Law. Law is an applied science. O.K., you...

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