Comedy Gets Visually Mapped Out, Gives Me a Headache


The comedy world is an incestuous place, with many of the same people working together over and over again on different projects. It often seems like it’s a huge Venn diagram of difference scenes, all overlapping each other slightly. If you’d like visual proof of that in a way that’s a bit overwhelming and hard to read, Vulture’s meticulous Comedy Zeitgeist Map should fit the bill. It’s also an example of how hard it is to cram extremely complicated connections into a single image; I’m pretty sure Adam Sandler, one of the most successful comedic filmmakers of the past 30 years, should have more than four connections and not be crammed in the corner. But hey, it’s still a fun thing to peruse.