PART FOUR: Basic Laws of Charts and Graphs

  • Bar charts are 30 percent funnier than pie charts. (In fact, pie charts are barely amusing at all.)
  • Line graphs are 50 percent funnier than bar charts.
  • Flow charts are the funniest charts of all. They give you lots of opportunities to use crooked, dotted lines and funny, top-heavy shapes. (See Part One above)
  • Scientific formulas that make no sense are funny when drawn on a chalkboard with somebody in a lab coat next to it. (This classic never fails.)


Principles in Effect


Special bonus comedy tip: Many novice cartoonists think that line graphs that go off the chart are funny. This is a common error committed by numerous TV comedy sketches. Don't make this mistake.


Basic Laws of Comic Animals