"Rubber Chicken"

Posted by Barney on December 03, 2001

In Reply to: "Rubber Chicken" posted by Bob on December 03, 2001

: : : In current comedy the phrase "rubber chicken" is occaisionally used. Can anyone provide insight into the meaning (I suspect vulgar!) or origin of this phrase please?

: : Sometimes a rubber chicken is just a rubber chicken. Anyone have a different take on the subject? There are rubber chicken "novelty items," although what's funny about that escapes me. Then, isn't there an expression, "the rubber chicken circuit"? A lecture tour, etc., where the presenter has to dine at a series of banquets featuring rubbery chicken?

: A rubber chicken is ALWAYS funny, like a spit take, bodily noises, and the word "pickle." It's gold, Jerry, pure gold. As for banquets on the rubber chicken circuit, yes, they exist too, and they're NEVER funny.

Strange to relate, I've encountered a number of rubber chickens in my time and have noted two facts; none had feathers but all came complete with head wings and feet. Now I don't know about anybody else but I find a bald chicken singularly unfunny however many odd and 'un-chicken-like' noises it may make. On rubber chickens I vote a resounding 'Not A Bit Funny'.

The rubber chicken circuit is very real with the chicken appearing under all guises but always sharing the characteristics of inedible rubber.