HCL’s Rubber Chicken features frequently in promotional projects, Rubber Chickens make surprise appearances in product shipments, and we also stock Rubber Chicken merchandise! We’ve even made February 19, the date of founder Gary Sharpe’s birthday, Rubber Chicken Day!
Food and Speeches
The term “rubber chicken” is used derogatory to describe the food served at political or business events, weddings and other gatherings where large numbers of Guests this requires delivery in a short time frame.
Rubber chickens would have arrived in the 1900s, Bowers surmised, along with plastic and latex. One reason the rubber chicken may have become a mainstay of comedy is that a chicken is an image that transcends language barriers. “Vaudeville thrived on absurd situations,” says Bowers.
In 1911 the first rubber chicken was hatched at Plucky’s Playhouse in Newark. The vaudeville era became known as the golden age of the rubber chicken.
The squeaky rubber chicken has a reputation as a joke toy, but as a musical instrument? Not so much. But as classically trained musician Eddy Chen demonstrates, the dumb creature can play beautiful melodies.
Kerwyn (voiced by Rich Koz) – a cunning rubber chicken doll who helps Svengoolie check viewers’ emails and photos.
Either fowl or fowl can refer to domesticated or farmed animals. However, when referring to game (e.g. pheasant, partridge, wild turkey), poultry is more appropriate but not poultry.