Headlines Making You Cry? "Humor Times" Here to Help

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In this time of political rancor, ballooning deficits, wars and crises, the public needs some comic relief. The Humor Times was created 20 years ago with just this purpose in mind. Reviewing the news with humor, using editorial cartoons, columns and "fake news," the publication helps people laugh at the news, rather than cry about it. The Humor Times recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary Issue with a comedy and variety show starring comedian Will Durst.

As print publications nationwide continue to fall by the wayside, the Humor Times perseveres.

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In this time of political rancor, ballooning deficits, wars and crises, the public needs some comic relief. The Humor Times was created 20 years ago with just this purpose in mind. Reviewing the news with humor, using editorial cartoons, columns and "fake news," the publication helps people laugh at the news, rather than cry about it.

As print publications nationwide continue to fall by the wayside, the Humor Times perseveres. Founded in early 1991 by publisher/editor James Israel, the Humor Times (formerly the Comic Press News) released its first issue, which at that time was distributed free in Sacramento, fittingly, on April Fools Day of that year. That issue, now a collector's item, featured four pages of an editorial cartoon re-hash of the Gulf War, which was just winding down at that time. Local readers were immediately hooked.

This was back in the day when printed periodicals were still profitable, of course. Those remaining today must have something unique to offer, as does the Humor Times. The publication transitioned from a free give-away to a paid circulation magazine in 2008, and is now available by subscription and in stores.

The Humor Times website (http://www.humortimes.com) is a work in progress, but the company endeavors to improve its online presence, and hopes to one day rival sites like http://www.theOnion.com and http://www.FunnyorDie.com. More cartoon and video galleries are planned, as well as humor blogs, columns, and interactive fun such as cartoon and video submissions, contests and more.

Subscriptions to the Humor Times in print are $19.95 a year (12 issues) in the U.S. (also available worldwide), and may be purchased at the website. A digital edition is available at less than half the price.

The Humor Times recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary Issue in Sacramento with a comedy and variety show starring comedian Will Durst. The unique event also featured the 40's vocal harmonies of Sister Swing, Bosco the Magician, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, jugglers, dancers and local improvisational comedy troupe The Anti-Cooperation League.

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