Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 198

“I’ll see you in a couple of years. I just got assigned to Trump’s 2016 audit!”

(by Brendan F. Gannon)


My original caption: “Well, so long, folks . . .  and many happy returns!”


Congratulations, Brendan F. Gannon, on your sixth victory (the last one was just three contests ago). Once again, you have proved to be positively one of the funniest people around.

I know I’ve said in the past that politically-oriented captions don’t stand a chance of winning these contests, since I’m basically looking for universally-oriented “gags”,  but this caption actually made me laugh. So I’m declaring that ex-President Trump has officially departed from the political arena and now exists only in the “funny gag” arena.

There were very few captions submitted this time around (too much holiday stress?), but here are the others that I was seriously considering for top honors:

“Sometimes being the boss has its perks.” (by Diane Weisman)

“Don’t hate me because my accountant is creative.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“Being overwhelmed with work is par for the course.” (by Pat Foley)

“How about one round, double or nothing?” (also by Michael Lomazow)

“It’s April 16, somewhere.” (by Mark S.)

Cartoon Caption Contests are as inevitable as death and taxes, so be on the lookout for Contest No. 199. It will be posted here before you know it. There are no cash prizes, but there’s also no charge for sending in captions! Thanks for participating, Captioneers!

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