Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest

Welcome to a new feature on this site. Yes, there have been many “Cartoon Caption Contests” in the past (unfortunately, there have also been many “Kartoon Kaption Kontests”, but I won’t go into that). Of course, the most famous current contest appears on the back page of each issue of The New Yorker.

So, with all due respect to The New Yorker, I’m introducing my own version of this very popular pasttime.

I’ll supply a drawing of one of my 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 submit for each drawing. Entries will be accepted and posted for a week for each contest, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

I will be the sole judge. New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future — about every two weeks or so.

There are no prizes . . . just the glory of knowing that you’re the funniest person around. Also, there are no age, nationality or other restrictions (even employees of The New Yorker are eligible to participate). I’m still puzzling over why residents of the Canadian province of Quebec are barred from competing in The New Yorker contest. Please note that Quebecoise are welcome here, but captions must be in English.

And finally, you have my word that I will never use your captions for my personal profit.

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    “Maybe HE’s trying to tell you to cook your beef well done.”
    “You can look at it as ‘lucky’, but I say HE’s trying to tell you something about your cooking.”
    “Did you over cook the steaks again?|

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    1. I told you not to put very hot Jalapeno in your sauce!!
    2. Did you put very hot Jalapeno in your sauce?

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    First of all, feel free to use my caption for profit. Not that you would get any.
    Caption: “Izzy, did you forget to buy the kosher hot dogs again?”

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    You dummy!!! Don’t you realize the smoke signals are telling the Indianas that the cavalry are coming?

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    Harry, I think the grill needs a lightning rod!
    or Harry, I think what you said this morning made the guy up above angry.

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    You had to go and say it again, didn’t you? “This meat is so tough even God couldn’t cook it.”

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    If you have to sing while you cook, can you please try Food, Glorious Food next time, rather than Go Greased Lightning?

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    I didn’t realize you and the Heavenly Father were so tight, tell him I want mine medium rare

  9. I think God don’t want us to
    I think God don’t want us to have delicious barbecue today.

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Welcome to the Eli Stein Cartoon archive. To begin, read my introduction and personal notes, and then please look at the cartoons, which are categorized by either decade, publication name or topic. I’ve included some personal comments, memories and photos below many of the cartoons. I’ll be adding cartoons, memories and photos ad infinitum. Remember, your comments are appreciated (just click on the “comment” link at the bottom of each post).