Graphic Arts Monthly, 1984

Dartnell, 1993

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 144

                "Do you need me to explain Casual Fridays to you again?"

                                           (by Jack Brumagin)


My original caption: "Do you have a resume?"


Congratulations, Jack Brumagin, on your big first win. You beat out a big field of caption submissions, and you can now bask in the glory of officially being one of the funniest people around!

As I said, there were lots of funny entries this time, and it was difficult to single out just one. Here are the other captions I was considering -- three or four of them just narrowly missed out:

"Your credentials are impressive. Can you start immediately on the knight shift?" (by Eric Bjorklund)

"No, we do not discriminate against transroyal persons in our hiring process." (by David Grand)

"I'm sorry, sir, but the current king already has an heir." (by Gayden Wren)

"This isn't what corporate had in mind for dress down Fridays." (by Rich Wolf)

"It's come to my attention that you don't work well with others!" (by Tim Collins)

"I'm afraid there was a typo in the job posting. It should have read 'Loyalty is important to us'." (by David Hoddinott)

"Sorry, but I don't think you are the right fit here at Dairy Queen." (by Ronn Roxx)

"For qualifications . . . I see waving and giving orders. Sorry, but that job is already filled . . . by my wife!" (by Kay Ralph)

"It is a little overdone for Casual Fridays, Smithers." (also by David Hoddinott)

"I'm sorry, sir, but your son is not guaranteed the position once you retire." (also by Jack Brumagin)

That's it for this time. A new contest will be posted before you know it, so be on the lookout for it and keep those captioneering pencils sharpened.




Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 144

Contest No. 144 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. 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 5, 2019.   

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.

Florida Bar News, January 1, 1997

Selling Power, June 1999

Dartnell, May 28, 1990

Insurance Sales, May, 1986

NASSP News Leader, February, 1989

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 143

"Thank you, ma'am, now would you kindly inform the gentleman I am ready for                                              my interview???" 

                                           (by Dom Mancino)

                      "The man doing the interview is not here yet?"

                                         (by David Hoddinott)


My original caption: "Hi, sugarlips. What's the corporate policy on office romances?"


Yes, it's another tie!  Congrats to Dom Mancino on your eighth victory, and to David Hoddinott on a very big first victory. As of this moment, you are definitely two of the funniest people around!

Lots of interesting submissions this time. Here are the ones that were getting serious consideration:

"My skills? Ask me on a Saturday night!" (by John Platt)

"Good morning, Miss Personnel. I used to have my name on my desk too. " (by Eric)

"Hey babe, how do you want your eggs in the morning?" (by Rich Wolf)

"I don't work well with others, especially women your age." (also by Rich Wolf)

"I'd like one of your overseas positions. I'm wanted in 9 states here." (by Cary Antebi)

"Mind if I ask you a personal, personnel question, babe!" (by Tim Collins)

"Before we start, which position am I applying for again?" (by Ava Groth)

"Before we begin . . . have you ever heard of 'Undercover Boss'?" (also by David Hoddinott)

Good work, captioneers -- be on the lookout for the next contest in just a few short weeks.




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