Category: Cartoon Caption Contests

Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 170

“No, you can’t have a lollipop.”

(by Marc Eliot Stein)

 

My original caption: “You’re morphing into a big fat slob.”

 

Congratulations, Marc Eliot Stein, on your third victory. It was a long time coming — the last time you charted was way back in September 2016, in Contest No. 106. So I guess patience is a virtue and now you’ll be celebrating and whooping it up because once again you have proved to be one of the funniest people around.

There were lots of captions, folks, but it seemed to me that a good many of the submissions were tired re-hashings of all the old doctor/patient gags that have been circulating for decades. When it comes to humor, there’s still a lot to be said for originality and thinking outside the box.

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

“I’d say you need a little less in the middle and a little more on top.” (by Gayden Wren)

“You have it backwards: it’s three meals a day, and seven food groups.” (by Rich Wolf)

“The good news is that you don’t have covid 19. The bad news is that you have covid 20-24.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“I recommend you stay six feet away from your fridge.” (by Kelasher)

“A classic case of P.D.S. — Pillsbury Doughboy Syndrome!” (by Kay Ralph).  This one came in a close second — I had a hard time deciding between this caption and the winning caption — good job!

The next contest will be posted in just a few short weeks, captioneers. Keep on the lookout for it.

 

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Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 170

Contest No. 170 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 “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. 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. 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 print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Thursday February 18, 2021.

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.

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Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 169

“Pandemic, insurrection, impeachment or This Is Us?”

(by sharon)

 

My original caption: “I’m putting on the news. It’s eleven o’clock and I need details.”

 

Nice work, sharon — it’s a big eighth victory for you. Congratulations on once again demonstrating that you still have what it takes to maintain your title of “one of the funniest people around.”

If anyone needs an explanation of my original caption — it dates back umpteen years (check out that old TV set — not even a flat screen!) to a time when it was quite common for a newscaster in the early evening to come up with a teaser disaster headline, followed by, “details at eleven”.

Here are the other captions that I was seriously considering:

“OK honey, I’ll give up the remote if you stop reading your book.” (by Diane Weisman)

“I think I’ve been banned.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“Explain binge watching one more time.” (by Rich Wolf)

“Yes it’s the Food Network. I can’t handle the news anymore!” (by Brendan Gannon)

“Well, my boss does want me to work remotely.” (by Pat Foley)

“I just figured out the joke Milton Berle told in 1953.” (by Marc Eliot Stein)

“Maybe General Hospital has the Covid vaccine.” (also by Michael Lomazow)

 

A new Contest will be posted before you know it — thanks for participating!

 

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Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 169

Contest No. 169 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 “Read More and Add Your 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. 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 print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Thursday January 21, 2021.

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.

 

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Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 168

“Well, I guess I can dispense with the question, ‘Have you been good or bad?’”
(by Cary Antebi)

“I won’t bother to ask if you’ve been naughty or nice!”
(by David Grand)

Yes, it’s another tie! These two strikingly similar captions came in on the very first day of the contest. I didn’t post them until four days later, so nobody, except me, was able to see them for the first three days. Congratulations to Cary Antebi (his thirtieth win — yes, that’s not a mistake, thirtieth! . . . and his last victory was ages ago, in Contest No. 126), and to comparative newcomer David Grand (this is his second win and his first victory was another tie . . . in Contest No. 153).

That Covid-19 bug seems to consistently bring out lots of funny captions. Here are the others that I was seriously considering:

“You realize this beard isn’t a mask, right?” (by John Platt)

“Ho Ho . . . Cough Cough . . . Hack Hack . . . Wheeze Wheeze!” (also by Cary Antebi)

“No, you can’t come visit me in the North Pole!?” (by Kay Ralph)

“Could you put your requests in the mail this year.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“No, you can’t have all the world’s masks.” (by Rich Wolf)

“Please sanitize your chimney, though.” (by Sharon)

“Let’s do this on Zoom next time.” (also by Sharon)

“You’re getting a gift that keeps on giving — a vaccine.” (by Pat Foley)

 

Nice work, Captioneers. A new Contest will be up before you can say “Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna immunization vaccination”, so be on the lookout for it.

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Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 168

Contest No. 168 starts right now (it’s another special pandemic contest).

Briefly, here are the details: Usually, I supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. For this contest, I’m supplying a new drawing. You are invited to submit your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on “Add New Comment” on the bottom of this posting. 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. However, no captions at all will be posted for the first few days of the 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, but I will only post and consider the first 15 captions from any contestant.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Shortly after that, the winner will be announced and the winning caption will be posted. I will be the sole judge and the winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted. Again, for this special contest only, I am not supplying an old, unpublished cartoon of mine, so I do not have any original caption to reveal.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions.

Wow, this coronavirus is really getting around. A few months ago it was on an almost deserted island, and just before that it was seen on a psychiatrist’s couch. Well, it’s the holiday season, so what better place for it to pop up than on Santa’s lap? What does jolly old St. Nick have to say to his little guest? Well, that’s up to you, captioneers . . .  good luck! And if you do happen to have little babes planning to visit Santa (not at all recommended this year), make sure they’re masked and well protected, because we all have to stay healthy!

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Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 167

“I never dreamed they would charge the entire firm!”

(by Brendan Gannon)

My original caption: “And then I said to the judge, ‘What part of my Not Guilty plea don’t you understand, Dude?’.”

Nice work on gaining your fourth victory, Brendan Gannon (your first win was back in Contest No. 130). Congrats — once again you can proudly hold your head high, because you are definitely one of the funniest people around.

Here are the other entries that were under serious consideration:

“So then my friend says, you know the Trump White House is looking to hire some good people . . . ” (by Marc Eliot Stein)

“Isn’t wearing these hats punishment enough?” (by Rich Wolf)

“Wow! Who would have thought that in 2021 I’d be living with the president.” (by Ronn Roxx)

“Any chance of de-funding these guards?” (by John Huckstep)

“I’m really starting to get into these casual Fridays!” (by Tim Collins)

“Apparently, the IRS can’t take a joke.” (by Michael Lomazow)

 

Yes, captioneers, another contest will certainly appear here shortly. Keep on the lookout for it and keep those funny captions coming.

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Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 167

Contest No. 167 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. 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 print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, November 17, 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.

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Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 166

                            “Don’t sit on my bed, I’ve just made it.”

                                          (by Ken Wilkinson)

 

My original caption: “Need a surprise witness?”

 

Congratulations, Ken Wilkinson, on this, your fourth win. It was long overdue — your last victory was back in February 2018. Now, once again, you can proudly proclaim to the world that you are one of the funniest people around.

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

” . . . and when she said get that bum out of my courtroom, I thought your strategy was brilliant!”  (by Brendan Gannon)

“Are you working virtually, too?” (by John Platt)

“Let’s settle this out of court.” (by Sagie)

“Excuse me sir, but you are sitting on my bed.” (by Diane)

“I pay more taxes than you.” (by Marc Eliot Stein)

“I’m just re-imagining myself as an Esquire.” (by John Huckstep)

“I got into Harvard Law but I also got into San Quentin.” (by Michael Lomazow)

 

Keep up the good work, Captioneers. There’ll be a new contest in just a few short weeks.

 

 

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Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 166

Contest No. 166 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. 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 print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, October 20, 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.

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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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