Friday, November 26, 2004

Help Me Get My Name In The New Yorker 

We've narrowed it down to three, but the New Yorker-sponsored cartoon captioning contest only allows one submission per person. So:




All prospective captions copyright 2004. Submission of the above captions as your own may result in hairy palms, blindness, ulcers, and/or bad karma.

posted by boyhowdy | 11:03 PM |

Comments:
Well, then...3 votes for "no sale," and only one vote for an actual caption possibility. This leaves wme with three possible conclusions:

1. No one out there has actually read the New Yorker. Remember: the question isn't which of these captions is funier, but which one should I submit to THEM. If I was looking for the funniest caption, I'd be presenting a whole different list (okay, maybe not that diferent...but some caption ideas I had just weren't NY-like.) New Yorker cartoon captions are dry, subtle, often not specific to the funy aspects of the image itself so much as a SECOND joke to compliment the visual one.

2. I am not funny.

3. People are mean and vindictive.

Guess which two of the above entries I think apply here? But then, I'm a bit biased.
 
Y'know, I DONT think that hat was supposed to look intentionally like ...um, well, you know.

I mean, yea, it looks like, um, yea. But I don't think it was supposed to, um, yea, look like, yea.

I'll never go to a sushi bar and think of their chef hats the same way again . . .
 
hell i dunno - I was never good at these things...

how about:

"Where Are They Now: H.R. Puffenstuff"
 
hm...

something wry
something new yawkish...

k - lemme think some more...

how about:
"Ever since Times Square was cleaned up, Octo, the Erotic Octopus, had to find different work."

hm...no...

"This fish untouched by human hands."

ok...no....

"Thanks to relaxed immagration laws, the Sushi Bar could hire just about anybody."

Um...hmm...no...

hmmm
 
hmmm

"If you think this is bad you should see who's cooking dessert!"

Nononono - too British. ugh...i dunno. maybe I'll go to the sushi bar for breakfast tomorrow and get some insperation
 
What happened to your original:

"Of course he recommends the shark maki. He always recommends the shark maki."

that was funny ... second choice would be the wry "ink" reference!

GOOD LUCK!
 
Kitty: I actually liked that one somewhat, too. But it just didn't seem New Yorkery enough to be a winner...and my family, all of whom have read the mag for years, thought it was too long for a good NY caption (and I agree).

Now, if we were going to publish it in the Utne Reader or something...
 
1. The guy is clearly holding his chopsticks in a "dinner" fashion which I think means that he has a plate of sushi hidden by his body. So, he's already ordered.

2. The squid and the man are reckoning each other, somewhat warily.

3. The sushi chef is explaining something.

My suggestion: "He says you look familiar. Did you ever spend a summer at the Adriatic Sea?"
 
1. The guy is clearly holding his chopsticks in a "dinner" fashion which I think means that he has a plate of sushi hidden by his body. So, he's already ordered. Actually, he's already GOT a small plate w/ two pieces of sushi on it. But there's no reason to assume he's not ordering more -- which is how I tend to eat sushi, anyway. At one place we go to, they bring out those two small pieces as a free appetizer if they know you, in fact.

2. The squid and the man are reckoning each other, somewhat warily.Agreed, though how can you tell if a squid is "reckoning warily?"

3. The sushi chef is explaining something.Hence his "voice" driving the captions, yes.


I like your caption, Eric, but think it could be tighter (lose the period, use a dash instead...OR elide the language even more). Still -- submit away, and good luck!
 
Ink! I vote the ink one! Well, it made me laugh.
 
"The chef wants to know if you want your dessert ribbed or lubed?" (following along that whole "Hat is a you-know-whatwhat" thing).
 
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