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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Cartoon Caption Contest

Prove Your Comedy Chops with Moment’s Cartoon Caption Contest


Welcome to the Moment Magazine Cartoon Caption Contest, founded with the help of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, and drawn by New Yorker cartoonist Ben Schwartz.


Do you have a way with words and humor? If so, look at the cartoon below and send us a caption—or two or three! Plus scroll down to vote for your favorite caption. It’s free and fun!


Winners may claim a free Moment subscription for a friend of family member. Contest open to U.S. residents 18 and above.



Submit a caption for this cartoon by April 20th by writing it in as a comment at the bottom of this page!


Vote for your favorite caption by filling out the form immediately below!


“I told you that I got the flu shot two weeks ago.”
Gerald Lebowitz, New York, NY

“So, whatcha readin’?”
Richard Wolf, Westminster, MD

“At least tonight it’s not a headache.”
Stephen Nadler, Princeton, NJ


Vote For Your Favorite Cartoon Caption

Vote for the winner of the January/February 2017 contest! The winner will receive a free subscription to Moment to give to a friend. Any U.S. resident age 18 or older can enter.



Chuckle at the November/December 2017 winning caption—and see who wrote it!


“And why Super-man? What was wrong with Schultz-man?” — Adrian Storisteanu, Toronto, ON, Canada

How to Submit Your Caption(s)

Submit as a comment below by April 20, 2017. Finalists will appear in the May/June 2018 issue. To vote for the winner of the January/February 2018 contest (see finalists above), use the “vote form.”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 18:16h, 08 March Reply

    “What do you THINK happens when you plant an Easter egg?”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 21:28h, 08 March Reply

    “You wished for a rabbi? You simply have to learn to speak more clearly!”

  • Dale Stout 08:45h, 09 March Reply

    I love vegetables from the Koshery Store.

  • Richard James Wolf 14:49h, 09 March Reply

    “Trust me Farmer Gabe, you don’t wanna go down this rabbit hole.”

  • Richard James Wolf 16:53h, 09 March Reply

    “Sorry, but what’s up?”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 20:00h, 09 March Reply

    “Now before I make myself at home here, let’s get a couple of things straight. First, you know that you’re not allowed to eat me under the laws of kashrut; and, second, your wife has absolutely no plans to make either herself or you a rabbit fur hat.”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 22:19h, 09 March Reply

    To RJ Wolf: Would you run me out of town on a rail if I suggested tinkering just a little with your caption (which, is, I think, better than all of mine so far) to make it read:

    “Sorry, but what’s up, Doc … besides me?”

    In addition to the wordplay , you’d have, at the very least, created a descendant of Bugs Bunny.

    (I promise from now on not to insert my thoughts into any more of your great submissions.)

  • Don Symons 17:47h, 11 March Reply

    “My ancestors inhabited this burrow for 3500 years.”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 19:33h, 11 March Reply

    “Were you expecting maybe the Baal Shem Tov?”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 21:04h, 11 March Reply

    “You’re not thinking of raising the rent on my rent-stabilized rabbit hole, are you?”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 21:20h, 11 March Reply

    “Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail will be up soon. They’re making for you a carrot tzimmes dish to die for.”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 17:44h, 12 March Reply

    If Mel Brooks were riffing on the new cartoon, this might be something he’d write. (I really can’t presume to put words into the mouth of a genius, but it’s too tempting not to try.)

    “Whatever you do, stay away from Mr. McGregor. He hates Jews. He’s the biggest anti-Semite there is. Beatrix Potter doesn’t tell the whole story in her book. It isn’t rabbits that he hates. It’s rabbis. He’s just a lousy speller. Another terrible speller was Louis Pasteur. He was really looking for a cure for rabbis,
    and by mistake he cured rabies. Think about how many things in history happen for the wrong reason. Anyway, don’t go near that garden if you know what’s good for you. You can thank me later. And enjoy the tzimmes when my sisters bring it up.”

  • Dinah Rokach 20:09h, 12 March Reply

    “I already have a mezuzah, thank you.”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 21:15h, 12 March Reply

    To Dinah R: VERY funny caption; the arrow of humor goes straight into the heart before one has a chance to resist, freeing an explosive laugh; such an obvious line yet completely unexpected in this context. You’re GOOD. This should CERTAINLY be a finalist! Thanks for puncturing the balloons of pomposity, including and especially my own. That’s what great humor is supposed to do, and you certainly have succeeded, in spades! Thanks again for the wonderful surprise!

  • Joshua Zev Rokach 09:45h, 13 March Reply

    “You’re planting potatoes for my carrot kugel?”

  • marvin sager 10:54h, 13 March Reply

    Sorry Rabbi, you can’t use me in your magic tricks, because you have the wrong style hat.

  • Gerald Lebowitz 21:36h, 13 March Reply

    “I came up to ask if you’ll be so kind as to officiate at my wedding. My girlfriend just accepted my proposal, and I presented her with a 14-carrot ring.”

  • Casey 10:51h, 16 March Reply

    “We’re all outta carrots”

  • Casey 10:58h, 16 March Reply

    “Could you plant an extra patch of carrots. We’re breeding like rabbits down here.”

  • Cindy Tebo 17:21h, 17 March Reply

    You’re not Alice!

  • Cindy Tebo 17:23h, 17 March Reply

    I hope those aren’t genetically modified carrot seeds your planting.

  • Stephen Nadler 11:36h, 18 March Reply

    “Why not have an oink-oink here and an oink-oink there?”

  • Stephen Nadler 11:38h, 18 March Reply

    “How come Old MacDonald never wanted borscht?”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 22:27h, 18 March Reply

    “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! … Wait a minute! I’m in the wrong cartoon!”

    • Jim Gorman 11:46h, 20 March Reply

      Or perhaps another Lewis Carrol reference:

      “Three questions. One, how can I have another cup of tea if I haven’t had a first? Two, whatever happened to the shiksa from the mix’a? And three, who the hell sat on your hat?”

      Congrats btw to you, Stephen and Richard for last month’s entries.

  • Gerald Lebowitz 13:39h, 20 March Reply

    To Jim Gorman: Thanks for your kind thoughts. Your words are gold and so mean a lot. They always indicate a mind combining warmth and scholarship and a marvelous sense of humor. Playing to me means more than winning, seeing how high our idea balloons can fly before they drift down, as they eventually must, and your conceits make beautiful patterns against the sky. Thanks again.

  • Gerald Lebowitz 00:04h, 21 March Reply

    To Jim Gorman, again: Coincidentally, I’m now reading a biography of Sokei-an Sasaki, one of the first teachers of Japanese Rinzai Zen in America, who is quoted in conversation with a disciple: “Have you read Alice in Wonderland?” he asks. The disciple answers: “It is a delightful children’s book.” Sokei-an then replies: “I do not consider it simply a book for children. The author possesses insight like a real man of Zen … I use it with my students. Some of them are beginning to make real progress.”

    “Begin at the beginning,” Lewis Carroll’s King says, “and go on till you come to the end; then stop.” (Sort of reminds one of that other Zen teacher, Yogi Berra, who famously said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

    “We’re all mad here,” says the Cheshire cat. “I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do you know I’m mad?” asks Alice. “You must be,” says the cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” Reminding me of a guy who once said to me, very confidently, “I’d never have a wife who cheated on me.” “How could you be so sure?” I asked. “Easy,” he told me. “If she cheated on me, she’d no longer be my wife.” How’s that for a sample of the convoluted logic that’s the property of both sages and madmen? (Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.)

    In any case, the poor rabbit in our cartoon koan is clearly out of his element, waiting for us to bail him out. Sorry for this hasty reply, but it gives me the chance to give a really big thank you to Cindy Tebo, whose VERY insightful caption altered the whole path we’re taking. (This site does have a great group of contributors, each one contributing a brick to the house we all try to build every two months.)

  • Adrian Storisteanu 18:32h, 21 March Reply

    “Rabbi?! I was expecting that Alice shiksa.”

  • Adrian Storisteanu 18:34h, 21 March Reply

    “Be fruitful and multiply and all that, but some carrots would be nice right now.”

  • Adrian Storisteanu 18:37h, 21 March Reply

    “I don’t do Easter, really.”

  • Adrian Storisteanu 18:43h, 21 March Reply

    “Rabbit, true, but I’m no chicken.”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 09:20h, 22 March Reply

    “I’m not an ordinary rabbit. My mother was once a Playboy bunny.”

  • Amy Hurewitz 16:33h, 22 March Reply

    Are you Rabbi McGregor?

  • Amy Hurewitz 16:36h, 22 March Reply

    Don’t forget to say the Ha’Adama when it’s time to harvest!

  • Steve Kois 09:02h, 23 March Reply

    Ehhh, what’s up doctrine?

  • Gerald Lebowitz 15:49h, 23 March Reply

    Sometimes I think that we all really live in Alice’s world. What other world could Trump be president of? Yesterday I was listening to some PhD on talk radio railing against the inadequacies of the treatments offered patients by practitioners in the mental health field and was startled to suddenly hear him shout, “Anyone who who goes to a psychiatrist or other therapist today should have his head examined!!”

    I could swear that I heard Lewis Carroll laughing.

  • Gerald Lebowitz 21:34h, 23 March Reply

    “Am I too early for the seder?”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 08:41h, 24 March Reply

    “Oops, my mistake. I was looking for someone heimish, not Amish.”

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