Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 157

Contest No. 157 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. You will also be asked to verify that you are a human being and not a robot. Please follow the instructions in the “Captcha” box. Then (3) click “Save”.

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission. Also, no captions at all will be posted for the first few days of each contest. This is to give everybody a chance to submit their spontaneous, gut-instinct caption without fear of discovering that it was ripped off by somebody else’s similar spontaneous, gut-instinct caption. This is an equal opportunity contest!

There is no limit on the number of captions you may enter for each drawing, but I will only post and consider the first 15 captions from any contestant. 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 is midnight Tuesday, March 3, 2020.   

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 funny captions.


  1. Oh, C’mon- I know you value
    Oh, c’mon – I know you value lifestyle, but I only changed muffin brands in the breakroom!

  2. I know you’re happy about
    I know you’re happy about your promotion, but you don’t have to go around making a lot of noise about it!

  3. “You’re a natural, Mr.
    “You’re a natural, Mr. Ritchie … however, if you
    review our ad … it stated proficiency in ‘symbols’

  4. “When our ad stated, that we
    “When our ad stated that we were searching for a creative
    candidate who ‘marched to their own drummer … this is
    not what we had in mind!”

  5. “Yes, Mr. Lawrence … your
    “Yes, Mr. Lawrence … your ploy worked … I definitely
    will remember ‘you’ from the crowd of interested candidates.”

  6. I really don’t think that is
    I really don’t think that is appropriate here at the Sleepy Time Mattress Company.

  7. “No,Smithers! That’s not what
    “No, Smithers! That’s not what I meant by waking up your sales department.”

  8. “Let me guess… you’re
    “Let me guess … you’re applying for the position
    on the ‘Energizer Bunny’ account.”

  9. “OK, you’ve got my undivided
    “OK, you’ve got my undivided attention. Now I’ll get yours…YOUR FIRED!”

  10. “Didn’t anybody ever tell you
    “Didn’t anybody ever tell you you’re supposed to knock before you enter an office.”

  11. “Ah… So you have heard! I’m
    “Ah … So you have heard! I’m afraid it’s true…
    You’ve been summoned here, for your ‘marching papers’.”

  12. Hey! Next time just call me
    Hey! Next time just call me on the phone! Oh, never mind. Eli didn’t give me one.

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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).