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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 June 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!


“My people don’t know from happy hour.” — Stephen Nadler, Princeton, N J


“I have a confession to make. I’m not Amish.” — Joel Guggenheimer, Dayton, OH


“He’ll have a ‘Sex on the Beach’, hold the beach.” — Dale Stout, Colorado Springs, CO



Vote For Your Favorite Cartoon Caption

Vote for the winner of the March/April 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 January/February 2017 winning caption—and see who wrote it!

“There must have been some magic in that odd kippah we found, For when we placed it on his head, he began to be profound.”
Ellen Keller, Andover, MA


How to Submit Your Caption(s)

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

  • Adrian Storisteanu 03:12h, 25 September Reply

    “So what are we looking for?”

  • Hannah Brown 21:38h, 18 May Reply

    Funny…you don’t look Jewish

  • Hannah Brown 21:41h, 18 May Reply

    Funny, you don’t look Jewish

  • Gerald Lebowitz 23:39h, 18 May Reply

    “You’re Jewish, too? What do you feel about women rabbis?”

  • Joshua Rokach 07:49h, 19 May Reply

    When does Shabbat start?

  • Anne Lowe 11:00h, 19 May Reply

    I’m glad you came by. We need a tenth for a minyan.

  • Paula K Miller 11:59h, 19 May Reply

    Excuse me, where is the Star of David?

  • Gerald Lebowitz 12:16h, 19 May Reply

    “We called you here to help us negotiate a peaceful settlement with the Palestinian Martians illegally occupying our craters.”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 12:23h, 19 May Reply

    “Not only am I Jewish, I’m Martian Haredi. Can’t you tell by my peyos?”

  • Dennis Keesey 13:41h, 19 May Reply

    How’s Donald doing? You know he’s one of ours.

  • Adrian Storisteanu 16:50h, 19 May Reply

    “I’ll take you to our rabbis.”

    • Adrian Storisteanu 22:36h, 19 May Reply

      “I’ll take you to our rabbi.”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 10:09h, 20 May Reply

    To Stephen Nadler: You’ve been entering these contests for a long time, yet you remarkably never seem to lose your edge. Congratulations on having one of the winning entries and thanks for all the pleasure your submissions always bring.

    • Stephen Nadler 12:03h, 20 May Reply

      Thanks, Gerald Lebowitz! Next issue it will make four years I’ve been entering this contest. I also enter the New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest, not with any success to date. All my captions, for better or worse, are documented for posterity on my blog so that future captionistas may be able to avoid my past mistakes. It is extremely gratifying to read that you appreciate my efforts. I wish you every success in the contest.

  • Rich Wolf 15:36h, 20 May Reply

    “Are you him?”

  • Rich Wolf 15:40h, 20 May Reply

    “I got a great deal on a shuttle for you.”

  • Rabbi Reba Carmel 21:38h, 20 May Reply

    So you’ll stay for minyan, right?

  • Adrian Storisteanu 22:32h, 20 May Reply

    “From Earth? Do you know Nathan?”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 10:31h, 21 May Reply

    Mr. S., please forgive this variation:

    “Oh, you’re Orthodox and from Planet Earth? What a coincidence! Then you surely MUST know Menachem!”

    • Adrian Storisteanu 01:12h, 22 May Reply

      : – )

  • Elliot Goldberg 14:03h, 21 May Reply

    Do you need a place to stay for Shabbes?

  • Ali Kobaissi 17:14h, 21 May Reply

    Yeah, getting circumsized is a lot different over here.

  • James M. Stern 01:20h, 22 May Reply

    What, you never heard of the Diaspora?

  • JeffThau 02:08h, 22 May Reply

    Tell me, since you were an Air Force pilot before joining NASA, why did such a nice Jewish boy join the military?

  • Marcia Bronstein 11:02h, 22 May Reply

    Are you Jewish? We need one more for minyan….

  • Stephen Nadler 11:11h, 22 May Reply

    “No kidding? My zaide was at Roswell too!”

  • Rich Wolf 13:38h, 22 May Reply

    “We were going to take over your country but your leader is making us rethink.”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 16:50h, 22 May Reply

    To Stephen Nadler: Roger Ebert, the late famous film critic, entered, I believe, 107 New Yorker caption contests before he finally won one a couple of weeks before he died. I too have submitted pretty regularly without ever once getting a mention but, as the great ad line for cruise ships put it once as faster airplane travel grew more popular, “getting there is half the fun.” I think I’m going to quit this particular contest because the competition is just too fierce, the entries just too good, one funnier than the next, almost all much better than anything I could think of. Imagine, for example, linking a Jewish extraterrestrial to the Diaspora! Brilliant! But I’ll be watching and enjoying and waiting for your next masterpiece. Thanks for responding.

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