February 2020

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.

Selling Power, 2000

Correction: Caption should read "While you were out, Mr. Martin returned your call returning his call returning your call. He would like you to return his call." (I left out the first "call")

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 156

                  "I have to admit, this is the first resume we've gotten

                             that's written in iambic pentameter."


                                              (by John Platt)


My original caption: "But I'll be sure to get in touch with you if we ever have an opening for an immortal bard."


Wow, win number 16 for John Platt . . . and the record books show that his first victory was 'way back in Contest No. 4. Congratulations, John, it's my pleasure to let you know once again that you are one of the funniest people around.

Here are the other captions that I was seriously considering:

"Sorry, it's not to be. " (by Kelasher)

"Wherefore art thou's relevant experience?" (by Marc Eliot Stein)

"Well, Mr. Shakespeare, what experience do you have writing TV commercials?" (by Elliot Gemunder)

"Your co-workers just don't think you're fitting in the spirit of Casual Fridays." (by Anonymous)

"Now, William . . . regarding the hair and dress requirements . . . I think you doth protest too much!" (by Kay Ralph)

NOTE FOR CAPTIONEERS: A couple of newcomers submitted five captions to this contest, but unfortunately they sent them to the wrong posting. That is, instead of sending them to my posting headed "Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 156", they sent them to two of my older postings. I received the captions, but it's not in my power to transfer them to the "Contest" posting, so I couldn't include them in the judging (a shame, because there were a couple of funny captions involved).

A new contest will begin soon, captioneers, so keep your pencils sharpened . . . and send those funny captions to the correct posting!