Day: March 9, 2011

Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 19

captioncontest19a.jpg "So let me see if I understand: the pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true?" (by Kelasher)

My original caption: "Don't you know, little fool, you never can win? Use your mentality! Wake up to reality!"

Wow, congratulations again, Kelasher! This is your sixth win, so you certainly deserve to be considered one of the funniest people around.

In case anyone doesn't recognize it, Kelasher's caption is part of a famous routine from Danny Kaye's 1955 classic film, "The Court Jester". No, I don't think it's a very "commercial" caption, and I doubt that any cartoon editor could ever be convinced to publish it, but I chose it for one reason and one reason only — it made me laugh!

As for my original caption (also in case anyone doesn't recognize it), the lines come directly from Cole Porter's classic song "I've Got You Under My Skin". Yes, when other people listen to Frank Sinatra's famous rendition of that song, they think, "What a beautiful love ballad". When I listen to it, I think "What a bunch of psychobabble!". As I mentioned before, I still can't figure out why The New Yorker (and dozens of other publications) turned my cartoon down.

Other captions that I was considering for top prize: "I'm sorry to be the one to break this to you . . . but you need to hear it. Santa Claus does not exist." (by Jonathan). "Would you mind sitting in on our group therapy session today? We're missing a ten of diamonds." (by Levi — it took me a while to figure out that the guy on the couch was a "joker"). "Surely you Jest . . . " (by Jo Michaels — short and sweet). "Your problem is, nobody is laughing at your jokes about moats and dragons any more." (by Cary Antebi).

Well, that should do it for psychiatrists for a while. New contest coming up soon.

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