Cartoon Caption Contests

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 112


Contest No. 112 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click "Save".

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter for each drawing. Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption). Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 111


         "Why don't you two have a nice chat while I call my divorce lawyer."

                                              (by Anonymous)

 

My original caption: "Oh, it's you, dear. Can I have a divorce?"

 

First of all, I suspect "Anonymous" is really Cary Antebi being a little careless in how he submitted the set of five captions that included the winning caption. I'll try to find out for certain, and will post any information I get as soon as possible.

 

Anyway, congratulations to Anonymous for this victory -- it's a first! Whoever you are, you are now officially one of the funniest people around.

(Update: I heard from Cary Antebi and he is indeed "Anonymous". So this is actually his 25th victory -- but in the record books this victory will always have an asterisk next to it. Don't be so careless, Cary!)

Here are the other submissions that were under serious consideration:

"I've traded you in for a newer model." (by kelasher)

"It's more of a portfolio adjustment." (by Richartd Wolf)

"Don't blame me, I didn't make the seating arrangements." (by Cary Antebi)

 

And I thought you might be interested in Bob Mankoff's advice on how to win The New Yorker's Cartoon Caption Contest (he's the Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker). Here it is:

In a nutshell, be brief. As the immortal Bard said, “Brevity is the soul of wit / And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes.” I know there are reasons to doubt that advice; for one thing, the Bard could drone on a bit himself, and for another he wasn’t immortal.

Nevertheless, data gathered from our Caption Contest illustrate the point. Each week, there are about five thousand entries to the contest. However, there are by no means five thousand different entries. Below are some entries, from a recent contest, that all used the same joke. They appear alongside the ranking they received from our crowdsourcing algorithm.

“Sir, please take one small step out of the vehicle.” (5th)

“I’m going to need you to take one small step for man out of the vehicle, sir.” (14th)

“Sir, I’m going to need you to take one small step and one giant leap out of the car.” (109th)

“I need you to step out of the vehicle for a field sobriety test. Please take one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.” (697th)

So, to sum up, when you come up with your caption, look for the essence of the joke and then remove the tedious outward flourishes.

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Now that sounds like some pretty good advice.

My next contest will be up in just a couple of weeks. Good luck to all of you in the New Year -- hope you have a happy and healthy one!






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 111


Contest No. 111 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click "Save".

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter for each drawing. Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption). Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 110


                          "How can you expect a kid my age to be good?"

                                               (by Anne Noonan)

 

My original caption: "What's with all this gift-giving you do? Is it some sort of tax dodge?"

 

Cangratulations, Anne Noonan! This is your third winning caption, so once again you can announce to the world that you are one of the funniest people around.

These are the other entries that came that close to winning:

"Relax, I have a long list and my diaper was just changed." (by Diane)

"How do you keep your beard so white after going down so many chimneys?" (by Cary Antebi)

"I guess I wouldn't be jolly either if I had to sit in a hot suit all day for minimum wage." (also by Cary Antebi)

"I'm guessing the Red Ryder BB gun would be socio-politically incorrect this year?" (by Tim Collins)

"Give me all the toys in your bag. I've got a gun in my diaper and I'm not afraid to use it." (by mel tannenbaum)

Look for the next contest, which will be posted in a couple of weeks. Enjoy the holidays!






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 110


Contest No. 110 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click "Save". Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter for each drawing. Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption). Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 109


                   "Nothing happened until I said I was here for his taxes."

                                           (by Jonathan Stein)

 

My original caption: "He didn't even give me a chance to tell him about our costume party."

 

Nice going, Jonathan Stein! This is your second win -- the first was a little over a year ago. So once again, you have proved to be one of the funniest people around -- my heartiest congratulations!

There were some pretty clever entries this time around. These are the others that "almost made it":

"Well, that's three for three. You want to go first at the next one?" (by John Platt)

"In hindsight, I should have gone with the 'Hello Kitty' costume." (by Cary Antebi)

"Well, don't just stand there, get on your broom and get some help." (also by Cary Antebi)

"I guess my husband was right. He always said I would be the death of him." (by mel tanenbaum)

"I was wrong. Our cranky neighbor did have a heart." (by Brendan Powers)

"Well, I never was the life of the party." (also by Cary Antebi)

"If I knew killing him was this easy, I would have done it years ago." (by Diane)

Don't be discouraged if you haven't won yet -- this is an equal opportunity Contest and the next one will be up in a couple of weeks (it's easy enough -- simply submit the funniest caption!)






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 109


Contest No. 109 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click "Save". Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter for each drawing. Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption). Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 108


                "I haven't gotten to an ATM since we met this morning . . . "

                                         (by Brendan Powers)

 

My original caption: "I already gave at the corner of Ninth and Main."

 

Wow, a sixth victory for you, Brendan Powers -- you have really been on a hot streak lately. Once again you can command the title of "one of the funniest people around". Congratulations!

Lots of good captions to choose from. These are the others that were under serious consideration:

"Cash is so old-fashioned. Do you take Bitcoin?" (by John Platt)

"I'm broke as you! This is my Halloween costume." (by Harvey Appelbaum)

"Sorry. You're too late. My wife already robbed me. " (by Jeff Groth)

"Apparently you have not heard about Bitcoin." (by Marc)

"But, I gave at the office." (by Marvin Sager)

"First come, first served." (another one by Brendan Powers)

"Sorry, I'm a retired teacher." (by Tim Collins)

"Well, there's your proof that crime doesn't pay." (by Cary Antebi)

A word of advice to all captioneers: please be aware of who is doing the talking in the contest drawings, and make sure your caption is written accordingly. A caption that comes out of the mouth of a non-speaker would automatically have to be out of consideration. 

The drawing for the next contest will be posted, as usual, in a couple of weeks.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 108


Contest No. 108 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click "Save". Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter for each drawing. Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption). Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 107


                                  "Shhhh, your apron is too loud."

                                            (by Cary Antebi)

 

My original caption: "Don't tell me, let me guess. You want a barbecue cookbook?"

 

What?! Another win for Cary Antebi? Yes, and it's a good, solid caption, for your TWENTY-FOURTH top prize. Congrats once again, Cary Antebi . . . you are consistently one of the funniest people around.

Here are the other captions that I was seriously considering:

"Sorry to tell you this, Sir, but your face does not match the enthusiasm of your apron." (by Sharon)

"Not so easy, is it?" (by Tim Collins)

"Cook books are on aisle 3, dressing for success, aisle 6." (also by Cary Antebi)

"Sorry, we don't have a book called 'Barbecuing for Dummies'." (by Arlene Grand). [Actually, Arlene, I'm pretty sure there is such a book -- if not, there certainly should be one.]

"Barbecue books are at 641.76; books on putting out fires are at 363.37." (by Kelasher)

"'Dress for Success'? Aisle 3." (by Jo Pette)

Nice going, captioneers. Look for Contest No. 108 in just a couple of weeks.

 

 






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