Cartoon Caption Contests

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.

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 96


Contest No. 96 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, February 9, 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.95


                               " Sorry kid, we don't do snow days."

                                             (by John Platt)

 

My original caption: "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't report the weather, we just make it."

 

John Platt, you did it again! For the twelfth amazing time, you have proved to be one of the funniest people around. Congrats, congrats, congrats!

There was one "Rain, rain, go away, come again another day" caption, but I was surprised that nobody worked on all the other popular "rain" ditties, such as "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring" or "Raindrops keep falling on my head . . . "

And I still kind of like my own original caption (see above), which is just a simple reversal of the TV forecasters' shtick, ". . . we don't make the weather, we just report it."

Anyway, here are the other entries that I was considering for top honors:

"No can do. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain." (by Kelasher)

"Thanks for holding -- we've been flooded with calls." (by Brendan Powers)

"Business is lousy. We've been closed every day on account of rain." (by Cary Antebi)

"If it rains before we come, we'll give you a rain date." (also by Cary Antebi)

 

Barring any nasty weather, a new contest will almost certainly come up in a couple of weeks . . .  so be on the lookout for it.

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 95


Contest No. 95 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, January 19, 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. 94


"We lost our house during the recent hurricane, and wish to know if it was found."

                                                (by Marvin Sager)

 

My original caption: "Where do we go to take our vows of poverty?"

 

Congratulations to first time entrant Marvin Sager -- you are now officially "one of the funniest people around", and you're entitled to all the bragging rights that go with that title.

In general, I found that most of the captions entered for this contest were sort of mean-spirited (but not in a funny way). These are the few other captions that I was considering for top prize:

"My wife says I need a license to speak." (by Cary Antebi)

"I'd like to speak to a computer." (by Brendan Powers)

"I was a Boy Scout. Can I get a discount on our taxes?" (by Howard Garrett)

Anne Noonan's caption would have had an excellent chance to win if it were worded slightly differently, with the old man talking, something like: "We're celebrating our 25th anniversary and thought it was time to get a marriage license." (you always have to be aware of which character in the drawing is speaking, Anne).

And finally, I have to admit that I still like my original caption (see above) -- too bad I couldn't have declared myself the winner.

 

New contest in two weeks or so. Happy New Year, everyone!

 

 

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