Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod – Part 2 – Business is Funny

Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod – Part 2 – Business is Funny

Tom was so excited about his promotion to Vice President of the company he worked for and kept bragging about it to his wife for weeks on end.

Finally she couldn’t take it any longer, and told him, “Listen, it means nothing, they even have a vice president of peas at the grocery store!”.

“Really?” he said. Not sure if this was true or not, Tom decided to call the grocery store.

A clerk answers and Tom says “Can I please talk to the Vice President of peas?”

The clerk replies “Canned or frozen?” [ From ]

That is funny. I mean, I think it is funny.

Humor Connections

I relate to the joke. I have felt the sting of the Vice President syndrome. Once I received an employment agreement in a FedEx envelope from a new employer while on vacation. It was 20 years ago and it was the first time I was important enough to even get a FedEx while on vacation. To my shock and delight, the letter said I was a Vice President. Yeah baby!

When I got to work, I met the other 20 VP’s. Then I went to a corporate meeting and met 200 more.

“Canned or frozen?” makes me laugh at myself and the truth.

Hugh MacLeod Interview on Lead or Be Led TV

Our guest on Lead or Be Led TV is Hugh MacLeod. Hugh is a cartoonist that turns the reality of the workplace it humor and realizations. He defends entrepreneurship in a small box with a few images and a focused words.

I liken Hugh’s work to that of one of my other all-time cartoonists, Gary Larson creator of The Farside.

There were times when I would look at a Larson cartoon, think for a moment, and then laugh out loud. I do the same with Hugh’s work and to me that is a high compliment.

Enjoy this interview on Lead or Be Led. Check out and even shop in his store. I just bought one of my favorite Hugh MacLeod works as a movable decal for the lid of my laptop and it is a conversation starter.

Okay. One more.

The boss returned from lunch in a good mood and called the whole staff in to listen to a couple of jokes he had picked up. Everybody, but one girl laughed uproariously.

“What’s the matter?” grumbled the boss. “Haven’t you got a sense of humor?”

“I don’t have to laugh,” she replied. “I’m leaving Friday.”

Thank you! I am here all week! Watch this video! If you would like to watch it on your mobile device CLICK HERE!

Hugh MacLeod’s bio from

Hugh MacLeod is a cartoonist, who makes his living mostly drawing “Cube Grenades” for clients and  publishing fine art prints via the internet. His first book, “Ignore Everybody” is published by Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin.

Also known for his ideas about how “Web 2.0″ affects advertising and marketing, after a decade of working as an advertising copywriter, Hugh started blogging at in 2001. He first started off just publishing his cartoons, but as time wore on he started blogging about his other main interest i.e. marketing.

In 2004 he wrote “Ignore Everybody” and “The Hughtrain”, which both got widely read in the blogosphere, downloaded over million times in total.

In 2005 he scored his first major blog marketing success with, a blog he started with Savile Row tailor, Thomas Mahon. It tripled Thomas’ sales within six months.

Since mid-2006 Hugh has also been helping a small South African winery, Stormhoek “rise above the clutter” in the wine market by using Web 2.0 tools to get the word out. Sales have gone up fivefold since then, thanks to Hugh’s marketing efforts.

Since 2006 Hugh has been constantly engaged as a public speaker, giving talks in both Europe and the US, talking about Web 2.0 and the ramifications it has on business.

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