Funny / Big Nate
They're laughing becuse they know their strip is so funny.
Big Nate has been around for over 25 years. So, it's expected that it gets in some hilarious stuff. Examples include:

  • In one strip, Nate and Francis are binder-shopping. Francis spends the majority of the strip raving about the awesomeness of binders he finds. He then asks Nate which binder he'll take. Nate takes a binder, whacks Francis in the head, and then buys it.
  • Nate is explaining comic gags to Chad. He says that in comics, you can have the gag happen in the second-to-last panel and then have the last panel be a reaction. Cue a monkey run past them.
    Nate: Now, Where was I?
  • Prank Day, 2008 (though in general, prank Day is where Nate shows off what he can do.)
    Francis: Somebody let a flying squirrel loose in the computer room.
    Nate: Yeah, that was me.
    Teddy: A squirrel? Isn't that kind of tame for the guy who calls himself "Mr. Prank Day?"
    Nate: That was just part one. (A moose walks by.)
    Francis: (wide eyed)... I assume that was part two?
    Nate: I went with a Bullwinkle theme.
  • Francis provides this burn upon Nate's insistence of having a near-death experience:
    To have a near-death experience, don't you need to have a life?
  • Anytime Nate starts raving. Special mentions go to this guy and this gem.
  • "You got a C, Teddy got a C plus, and Francis got P.T.S.D!"
  • Nate asks a girl to sign his yearbook. She writes, "Nate, you're the weirdest kid in school."
    Nate: (writing in his yearbook) Okay, so I'll change "weirdest" to "studliest".
    Francis: (Aside Glance) Most people don't edit their yearbook entries.
  • In one arc, Nate is desperately trying to find a date to a dance. A girl comes up to him, saying that she feels sorry for him... so she gives him a hand puppet. Next thing you know, Francis and Teddy are playing with it. See it here.
  • "I have no idea why, but I'm grounded for a week."
  • Everything about the school picture day arc where Nate's lip is swelled due to Teddy hitting him in the mouth with a basketball. Especially since School Picture Guy thinks at first that Nate injected his lips with collagen. Probably the best part is this exchange:
    School Picture Guy: I thought I'd seen it all, but never have I laid eyes on something like this! A sixth-grader resorting to collagen injections in his lips!
    Nate: I got hit in da mouf wif a bathket-baw!
    School Picture Guy: A pox on this beauty-obsessed society!
  • Nate once tried to come up with a middle name for himself. Two of the names he comes up with: "Funkmeister" and "Maximus".
    Teddy: Very modest.
    Francis: Is that a name or a male enhancement supplement?
  • Most of the time when Nate starts Suddenly SHOUTING! . Such as this or this gem
  • Artur is LIVELY meat!
  • While a sad story line overall, one strip after Angie dumps Nate has him playing in a chess tournament. He channels his hate at being dumped to his opponents. One didn't even play him.
  • Some of the drop-off panels that contain Nate's cartoons can be pretty funny.