Cartoon Caption Contests

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 100


     "You realize dandelions don't respond the same way as actual lions, right?"

                                                 (by John Platt)

 

My original caption: "Planning to give the crabgrass a real fight this year?"

 

Whew, John Platt, this is your twelfth big win! Congrats -- once again you have proved to be one of the funniest people around.

Nothing much to say about my original caption, which I guess was pretty obvious. This cartoon and gag was created about forty years ago, when absolutely every suburbanite was fighting crabgrass. You don't hear too much about crabgrass any more. Did we win the battle?

Here are the other entries that I was seriously considering:

"I see you whipped your garden into shape." (by Harvey Appelbaum)

"I see you're declaring war on crab grass." (by Anne Noonan, who came darn close to my original caption, by the way)

"I don't think you realize that you're holding the world's most poisonous snake!!!"  (by Howard Garrett)

"They're hard to train. Call the Lawn Whisperer." (by Cary Antebi)

"Let me guess. Did your wife just read 'Fifty Shades of Gray'?" (by Gary)

 

Nice work -- thanks for participating. Contest No. 101 will be up in a couple of weeks.

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 100


Contest No. 100 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 for this contest is midnight Tuesday, May 3, 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 caption.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 99


                 "Hey, Buddy, don't look so gloomy, this 'jailhouse rocks'."

                                                (by Diane)

 

My original caption: "And then, in 1946, I plagiarized . . . "

 

Yes, we have a brand-new, first-time winner! You are now officially in that elite group, Diane -- one of the funniest people around. Congrats!

I don't know if my old original caption, from so many years ago, needs an explanation . . . so I'll just say that in those days of yore, many a folk singer plucked his guitar and introduced his next song by saying something like, "And then, in 1946, I wrote . . . ".

These are the other captions that were under consideration this time:

"This is the song that never ends . . . " (by Kelasher)

"We're going to slow it down a little bit." (by sharon)

"You are so beautiful, to me." (by mel tannenbaum)

"What did you expect when you got transferred to Sing Sing?" (by Cary Antebi)

"I'm part of the warden's 'cruel and unusual punishment' program." (also by Cary Antebi)

"They put me in jail because I killed this guy who didn't compliment my singing. How do you like my singing?" (by Howard Garrett)

 

Caption Contest No. 100 will start in two weeks . . .  that's right, No. 100! So be on the lookout for it, and keep up the good work, captioneers.

 

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 99


Contest No. 99 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 for this contest is midnight Tuesday, April 12, 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 caption. This is another very old drawing of mine. The address rubber-stamped on the back is that of the Brooklyn tenement apartment where I lived with my parents until the early 1950's. And I see that it was finished with a brush, so it was before I switched to Rapidograph-type pens.






A Word of Clarification about Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest . . .


I generally start a new contest every three weeks, and it runs for a one-week period. I announce it with a post headed "Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. --".

In the gap between contests, I continue to add to my archive of my own published cartoons (identified with a heading containing the name of the publication and a date or year), and I also sometimes post other cartoon-related items. So far I've archived over 1,500 of my published cartoons.

Lately, several people have been erroneously sending in captions for my archived/published cartoons. I just want to make it clear that the new contest starts only when you see "Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. --" at the top of the posting.

I hate to see anybody wasting his or her caption-writing talent! Thanks again to all of you for participating.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 98


                   "Do you mind if I put headphones on while you talk?"

                                                   (by Marc)

 

My original caption: "Which professions have very informal dress codes?"

 

Congratulations on your first win, Marc! You are now officially a member of that very elite group: one of the funniest people around.

Hmmmm -- I guess I still like my original caption, too. If anybody had sent it in, or anything like it, it probably would have won.

Anyway, here are the other entries that I was considering -- some of them even made me grin:

"I thought of becoming a teacher then I thought would I someday want to have to put up with someone like me." (by Al Grand). A poorly worded caption, Al -- with a little more effort and editing, this could've been a winner also.

"Don't let this get out, but . . . I want to become an accountant." (By Cary Antebi)

"Can I just text it to you?" (by Rich Wolf)

"So you really don't think Trump University is a good choice for me?" (by mel tanenbaum)

"Should I ask Rebecca or Rachel to the prom?" (by kelasher)

"So, you don't see the job market opening up any time soon for hoverboard instructors?" (also by Cary Antebi)

 

Good job -- thanks for all the entries! A new contest will be coming up before you know it (actually, in two weeks).






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 98


Contest No. 98 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 for this contest is midnight Tuesday, March 22, 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 caption.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 97


                                   "Is your name 'kemo sabe'?"

                                          (by Anne Noonan)

 

My original caption: "Are you in for Tonto?"

 

Well, waddya know? It's a solid second-time win for Anne Noonan, after many, many moons. Congratulations Anne -- you can now tell all your snowbird friends down there in Florida that once again you are officially one of the funniest people around.

One thing this contest proved for sure: if you take away the Tonto's and the kemo sabe's and the hiyo Silver's, what has the Lone Ranger got going for him? Not much, I guess -- even my own original caption, done about thirty years ago, is so ho-hum.

Nevertheless, here are the other captions that I was considering for first prize:

"Collect call from Tonto?" (by Sharon)

It's for you . . . says he's TONTO." (by Harvey Appelbaum)

"Your wife wants to know if you're a lone ranger or with a female companion." (by Cary Antebi)

"Harvey, you know anybody here by the name of Kimosabe?" (also by Cary Antebi)

"Tonto calling . . . says he is going to kill you . . . he just found out what kemo sabe means." (by dom mancino). That's an old joke, dom, and "kemo sabe" is Tonto's name for the Lone Ranger, not the other way around . . . but it still got a laugh from me.

"Hey, Kimo Sabe, there's a Tonto on the phone for you. Are you here?" (by Diane)

"It's Silver. He says to tell you 'Hiyo, Lone Ranger'." (by mel tanenbaum)

A new contest will be up in a couple of weeks or so. Be on the lookout for it. Thanks.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No.97


Contest No. 97 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 for this contest is midnight Tuesday, March 1, 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 caption.

 






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 96


"Miss Moneypenny, please send the following memo to my boss: you're a moron

                                               and your wife is fat."

                                               (by mel tanenbaum)

 

My original caption: "Miss Nagle, please hold all phone calls."

 

Yes, it's a first time win for mel tanenbaum! Congtratulations, mel -- you are now officially one of the funniest people around, so you can bask in the glory of your victory.

Lots of good entries to choose from this time. Here are the other captions that I was seriously considering for top honors:

"Cancel all my meetings . . . forever!" (by Cary Antebi)

"I think this 'Casual Friday' thing has gone far enough." (also by Cary Antebi)

"Sharon, could you call in the attorneys for a few questions? Thanks." (by John Platt)

"I know, I know! Just let me check this last voicemail." (by Brendan Powers). I thought this was an exceptionally funny entry, by the way, and I almost declared the contest a tie, but finally decided that mel's caption was slightly better.

"Helen, I thought I told you to cancel my appointment to meet my maker." (also by Cary Antebi)

"Brenda, will you please validate parking for my guest's pale horse?" (by kelasher)

 

Hope you're having fun thinking up these captions . . . because that's what it's all about! The next contest should be up in a couple of weeks.

 






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