Category: Cartoon Caption Contests

Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 201

“Now, Margaret . . . when you said there was going to be a baby ‘Shower’ here today, exactly what did you mean?”

(by Kay Ralph)

 

My original caption: “Martha! You’ve thrown out the baby with the bath water again!”

 

Five of the captions submitted involved the “you’ve thrown out the baby with the bath water” theme (mimicking my old original caption — you Captioneers know me too well!) and three involved an Amazon delivery. All good, dependable captions. But this time I decided to pick a winner from outside the obvious box. So congratulations, Kay Ralph, on this, your seventh victory! It was a long time coming, since your last win was way back in Contest No. 161. But the bragging rights are all yours now — once again you are one of the funniest people around.

Here are all the other captions that I was seriously considering for top honors:

“I have heard of it “Raining Cats and Dogs” . . . but, this is ridiculous!” (also by Kay Ralph)

“You threw the baby out with the bathwater again.” (by Kelly)

“Honey, our package from Amazon has arrived.” (by Diane Weisman)

“Did you order from Amazon?” (by Michael Lomazow)

“Didn’t we tell Amazon to knock when they deliver a package?!” (by Rich Wolf)

“Cheryl, it’s for you!” (also by Rich Wolf)

“I told you, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!” (by Jonathan Stein)

“All these years I though ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’ was just an old wives tale.” (by Lee Lacewell)

“Honey, you really have to get more sleep . . . you threw the baby out with the bath water again!” (also by Kay Ralph)

“We’re under a conserve water order! You’ve gotta stop throwing the bathwater out with the baby!” ( also by Lee Lacewell)

“See, honey . . . I told you naming the baby Fido would confuse him!” (by Abigail)

“If this wasn’t a cartoon already, I would draw a bath for him.” (by Pat Foley)

The next Contest, No. 202, will be posted here before you can say “You’ve thrown out the baby with the bath water” one hundred times without flubbing it. Thanks for participating, Captioneers!

 

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Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 201

Contest No. 201 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. I am the sole judge and the winning caption will be the one I deem to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions. This is another very old drawing of mine, going back many decades (one way you can tell is that I signed it “Eli Stein”, rather than just “Stein”).

Good luck, Captioneers!

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Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 200

“Mr. Nagle, your psychiatrist says it’s time for you to go in.”

(by Michael Lomazow)

 

My original caption: “Mr. Nagle is still busy, but his flunky can see you now.”

 

Congratulations, Michael Lomazow, on this, your fourth victory. Your caption caused a delayed reaction laugh — it took me a few moments to understand, but I really appreciated it once I realized where your gag was coming from. Well done! Once again, you can bask in the glory of being one of the funniest people around.

Here are the other captions that I was considering for top honors:

“He’ll talk to you now. Here’s the phone.” (by Pat Foley)

“Be patient. He’s having a bad ‘here’ day,” (also by Pat Foley)

“Ehay ookslay ikelay a otaltay oserlay!” (by Marc Eliot Stein)

“Sorry to bother you sir, but your patient’s patience is wearing thin waiting for your meeting.” (by Diane Weisman)

“Sorry, Rich is on an important call about niblicks vs. mashies.” (by Kelly)

“Your 9 o’clock firing is here.” (by Rich Wolf)

“He wants to know if you brought smoke and mirrors, or a dog and pony.” (by Mark S.)

“He loves a good joke. Call him Mr. Bagel and watch his reaction.” (also by Michael Lomazow)

The next contest will appear here before you know it, Captioneers. Please watch for it, and thanks for participating!

 

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Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 200

Contest No. 200 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. I am the sole judge and the winning caption will be the one I deem to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

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

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Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 199

“Good job! The termites are now in control.”

(by Mark S.)

 

My original caption: “I’d give my right arm for a crack at that.”

 

Congratulations, Mark S., on your very first victory — the first of many, I hope. You have earned the bragging rights and you can shout it from the rooftops, because you are now officially one of the funniest people around.

Here are the other captions that I was seriously considering for top honors:

“Even the termites are leaving.” (by Diane)

“Let us spray.” (by Pat Foley)

“Termites might just be the best thing that could happen to this place.” (by Lee Lacewell)

“We have a non-aggression pact.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“We are the Termite-inators, we’ll be back!” (by Kay Ralph) (very clever caption, Kay Ralph, but it was narrowly edged out by Mark S.’s caption)

Cartoon Caption Contest No. 200 will be coming up real soon. Hope I can find a decent drawing to inspire you Captioneers. Thanks for participating!

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Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 199

Contest No. 199 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. I am the sole judge and the winning caption will be the one I deem to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions. Yes, this cartoon of mine is as old as it looks. So old that it has my parent’s address in Brooklyn rubber-stamped on the back of it — I figure it was drawn about 65 to 70 years ago. I’m sure that many of you can improve on my original caption. Good luck, Captioneers!

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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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Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 198

Contest No. 198 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. 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).

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

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

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Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 197

“He’s working from home today.”

(by Rich Wolf)

 

My original caption: “No, he isn’t e-mailing, e-banking or e-trading. He’s e-napping.”

 

Congratulations, Rich Wolf, on your sixteenth victory! Once again the title is yours — you are definitely one of the funniest people around.

By the way, I thought my original caption was also pretty good, considering it was dreamed up so many years ago, before the era of flat-screen computer monitors and even before cell phones took over from land-line phones.

Here are the other captions that I was seriously considering for top honors:

“This is his best sleep every night.” (by Diane Weisman)

“The computer wouldn’t go into sleep mode . . . so he did!” (by Bruce Morgenstern)

“He’s working in the cloud today.” (by Mark S.)

“We just decided to stay home and spend some quality time together.” (by Pat Foley)

“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.” (by Lee Lacewell)

“He’s watching relaxation videos.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“He’s waiting for Windows 12.” (also by Michael Lomazow)

“He’s retro-napping in front of his retro-computer.” (also by Lee Lacewell)

“He can’t talk now. He’s in sleep mode.” (also by Michael Lomazow)

 

Good work, Captioneers, and thanks for participating! Be on the lookout for Contest No. 198, coming soon.

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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!

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Foreword

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).
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