Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 197

Contest No. 197 starts right now.

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. To enter your caption, simply (1) click on “See Comments and Add Your Own”. 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”. There is no charge to submit captions, and the only prize is the honor of being one of the funniest people around.

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission. However, 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 reveal my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

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).

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions. Good luck, Captioneers!


  1. “I keep telling him, you’re supposed to use a phone and earbuds to listen to podcasts.”

  2. “Yes, Mother, he’s just finished watching the webinar on productivity you called about.”

  3. “He signed up for an online hypnosis class but the pendulum swinging during the opening credits puts him right to sleep.”

  4. “No need to rush over to see ‘MR. HIGH TECH’ in action, he’ll be working at his present level for at least a couple more hours.”

  5. “Better send up some of that ‘artificial intelligence’ you keep talking about, because Harold is out of ideas.”

  6. “No, talk away, Barb … our chatting won’t bother Harry. I down-loaded
    ‘Herb The Hypnotist’, and he’s out cold!”

  7. “No, Mom, he’s not a ‘Computeraholic’ any more … your tip worked … I down-
    loaded two hours of ‘family photos’ and he was out like a light!”

  8. “Tech Support, I need your help … my son can’t finish his homework
    assignment. No, the screen is fine … it’s my son that is asleep!”

  9. “No, Trisha, Randy’s okay … he just dozed off! Oh, you were skyping him to see if he would help your dad shingle the roof!”

  10. “This may not be the best time to ask your father for money, I think he just checked his 401k online again.”

  11. “Ted recently had his old college days computer reconditioned and I think he just received the bill on line.”

  12. “Ted was enjoying Antiques Roadshow on-line until he saw the old painting we donated to Goodwill appraise for $200,000.”

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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).