Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 64

     “Objection sustained. The jury is instructed that statements such as

 ‘nanny nanny boo boo’ have no bearing on the suspect’s innocence or guilt.”

                                                  (by Levi)


My original caption: “Just answer his question and leave his diamond-encrusted Rolex out of it.”


Nice work, Levi — this is your sixth win, so you are definitely one of the funniest people around. Congratulations!

Some of the other captions I was considering:

“Please refrain from constantly saying, ‘Who me?'” (by Cary Antebi)

“The prosecutor has called ‘neener neener’. The witness shall be compelled to reply.” (by John Platt)

“Your nose isn’t all that plain.” (by Gary Z.)

I still love my original caption, by the way. I can’t figure out why this cartoon didn’t get into The New Yorker. The signature ‘ES” on the drawing is worth telling about, so here’s the story (I’ve written about it before on this blog/archive).

I had been going regularly on Tuesdays to see The New Yorker’s Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff, with no success in getting a cartoon acceptance. I decided that maybe it was the “STEIN” signature on the cartoons that was a big stumbling block. After all, The New Yorker is not exactly famous for publishing cartoons by artists who have been kicking around the industry for 40 or 50 years. The New Yorker definitely likes to “discover” fresh, new talent. So I started signing all my New Yorker submissions with the unknown “ES”. Sure, I’d still be sitting across the desk from Bob Mankoff, and He would know who “ES” is, but I thought it just might make a subtle difference in His thinking. It didn’t work, of course.

My records indicate that Bob Mankoff held this particular cartoon (he typically held 3, 4 or 5 cartoons out of my weekly batch of ten), so I have to assume he showed it to New Yorker Editor-In-Chief David Remnick at their weekly “Art Meeting”. My conclusion is that Mr. Remnick is the one who was ultimately responsible for this cartoon not appearing in his magazine. The New Yorker’s loss, in my humble opinion.

That’s the story. Be on the lookout for the next contest, coming up soon.

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