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Thursday, June 29, 2017

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?”

  • Helena Simmons 14:11h, 18 May Reply

    Quickly! Take me to your Rabbi – it’s almost Shabbos!

  • Gerald Lebowitz 14:12h, 18 May Reply

    “Jewish? Not only am I Jewish, but can’t you tell by my peyos that I’m strictly Orhodox? As a matter of fact, I’m head of the Martian Haredi ruling council!”

  • Helena Simmons 14:16h, 18 May Reply

    Can you help? We’re looking for a tenth man for a minyan.

  • Stuart J Moskovitz 14:30h, 18 May Reply

    Finally. Come, we need a tenth for a minyan.

  • drmrs 14:51h, 18 May Reply

    Can you speak alien Yiddish?

  • Gerald Lebowitz 15:05h, 18 May Reply

    “We want you earthlings to broker a peace treaty between us and the Palestinian Martians who are unfairly occupying our craters.”

  • Dinah Rokach 15:46h, 18 May Reply

    “Have you put on your tefillin today?”

  • 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.

  • Barbara Bibel 19:08h, 22 May Reply

    Come by me for Shabbos dinner.

  • Gerald Lebowitz 13:11h, 23 May Reply

    P.S. I assumed that all of you knew, but Emma Allen has been named the new Cartoon Editor of the New Yorker. Bob Mankoff has left to become the Humor and Cartoon Editor of Esquire, although he’ll remain as head of the New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank, which he created. (The New Yorker would refer to a news message of this kind as “incidental intelligence.”) In any event, this shuffling won’t really affect us since the New Yorker routinely receives well over 5,000 cartoon caption submissions a week!

  • Jean Hertz 15:49h, 23 May Reply

    You should work with Chabad…they arrived here years ago.

  • Stephen Nadler 01:08h, 25 May Reply

    “I’m an L.G.M.—or a Little Green Mensch.”

  • Jean Hertz 11:30h, 25 May Reply

    You thought there were Lost Tribes? We’ve been here the whole time.

  • Marvin Sager 12:06h, 25 May Reply

    “Gey strashe di gendz.” – “You don’t frighten me.” Lit: “Go threaten the geese.”

  • Adrian Storisteanu 14:44h, 25 May Reply

    “Krr ggrrr qrrtt Yiddish?”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 18:01h, 25 May Reply

    Mr. S, Hilarious, bringing to mind the joke of the little old lady approaching everyone she meets on the street with the plaintive question “Red’n Yiddish?,” “Red’n Yiddish?,” “Red’n Yiddish?” Everyone shakes their head no until finally one man smiles and says yes, he does speak Yiddish. The woman smiles back, greatly relieved, and says, “Good. What time is it?” Thanks for the big laugh, as usual.

    • Adrian Storisteanu 21:59h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you!, the old lady in your joke is definitely my mother-in-law in real life… : – )

  • Gerald Lebowitz 22:48h, 25 May Reply

    Mr. S, now I’m nonplussed Should I offer you condolences or congratulations?

    • Adrian Storisteanu 08:31h, 26 May Reply

      Not sure myself. Mothers-in-law are alien creatures…

  • Gerald Lebowitz 12:23h, 26 May Reply

    Mr. S, that sounds like a caption idea. If by some miracle it’s chosen, the credit (and the free subscription) should go to Adrian Storisteanu: “You look just like my mother in law.”

    • Adrian Storisteanu 14:42h, 26 May Reply

      : – )

  • Adrian Storisteanu 19:55h, 26 May Reply

    “I guess it will *not* kill me to phone home once in a while.”

  • Dale Stout 06:02h, 28 May Reply

    Where’s your H-2B visa?

  • Dale Stout 06:09h, 28 May Reply

    Where’s your H-2B visa, Donald?

  • Paul Cohen 17:10h, 28 May Reply

    After my Bar Mitzvah I kept on going – Can you tell me where I am now?

  • Debbie Bickelhaupt 14:08h, 29 May Reply

    Some friends and I are going hiking, can I borrow your boots?

  • FRED KRANZ 09:23h, 30 May Reply

     [Re. Caption Contest] “Never mind all that right now, meanwhile, are you by any chance a cohen or a levi?”

  • Feigue Cieplinski 15:38h, 31 May Reply

    I know who you are even if you disguise yourself ! Now there will be peace.

  • Adrian Storisteanu 15:48h, 31 May Reply

    “Great, an astronaut. Around here, it’s just doctors and lawyers.”

  • Dale Stout 07:50h, 02 June Reply

    Are you from the half-tribe of my NASA?

  • Rolfilius Dieter 18:46h, 02 June Reply

    Is This The Latest DKNY Fashion Tuxedo Suit Featured On , E-TV , Everyone Is Raving About On Planet Mars , Sir ?!

  • Freddie McCann 20:31h, 02 June Reply

    Show me the way to your Temple please.

  • Dale Stout 17:26h, 04 June Reply

    Are you from the half-tribe of MyNASA?

    • Dale Stout 20:19h, 06 June Reply

      Are you from the half-tribe of ManNASA?

      (Final? Finally? PS: take the survey)

  • Linda Poindexter 09:00h, 05 June Reply

    “I see the physical similarities, but do you speak Yiddish?”

  • Ross Bishton 15:53h, 05 June Reply

    Hi Cartoon Contest Captioners, we at Moment have noticed the community and comradery that has been developing on this page, and we really love it. We also want to know what we can do to help foster this community, or what you think we can do to make the page or the cartoon contest better. We hope you can take a few minutes to give us some feedback and/or suggestions here
    Thanks, and keep up the good work!

  • Dan Hampton 17:38h, 06 June Reply

    “This may sound shopworn, but take me to your leader…..”

  • Dan Hampton 17:42h, 06 June Reply

    “Musk???? Elon??? Oh yeah…..he has some relatives here who run the coal plant…”

  • Stephen Richards 18:53h, 06 June Reply

    If you’re not Jesus Christ, how did you follow me all the way to the moon?

  • Kathy Kanter 20:58h, 06 June Reply

    Oh, I get it. My last Bar Mitzvah tutor said I was spaced out so they sent you.

  • Violet Zeitlin 21:19h, 06 June Reply

    Welcome to Mars Chabad. What took you so long?

  • Gerald Lebowitz 14:44h, 07 June Reply

    It’s great that the sense of community on this site is being fostered. I’m going to take advantage of this by sharing something you might not know about Ben Schwartz, the wonderful New Yorker cartoonist who now regularly provides the music for our words. Benjamin Schwartz is a physician (!) who received a degree from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2008. His dad is chief of the cardiology division there. But Dr. Schwartz considered medicine his default career, having always drawn. In a sense he felt that, like his hero Spider-Man, he had two identities. Drawing was HIS superpower. In 2011 he met with Bob Mankoff, who was impressed enough to see him regularly over the next six months to go over his pitches and make suggestions before his first cartoon was accepted.

    Does this information change anything? No. But it is interesting. Besides, who knows when any of us might develop a medical problem from the stress of creating these captions and need some attention.

  • Suanne B Scherr 16:06h, 07 June Reply

    My mother was a Jewish abductee.

  • Gerald Lebowitz 18:55h, 07 June Reply

    P.S. It IS comforting to know that there is a doctor in the house. One of the oldest vaudeville jokes was of an elderly lady suddenly breaking the silence in a theater, imploring, “Is there a doctor in the house? Is there a doctor in the house?” A young man gets up and says, “Ma’am, I’m a doctor,” whereupon the lady says, “Then you really have to meet my wonderful daughter.” Today the joke might be retold to say that a woman gets up and says, “I’m a doctor” and the lady says, “Wonderful! I want that you should meet my wonderful son.” (P.P.S. I don’t know whether our Dr. Schwartz the cartoonist is married.)

  • Gerald Lebowitz 15:46h, 09 June Reply

    To Ross Bishton: I dutifully filled out the Cartoon Contest Feedback form which you were kind enough to send, and then I pressed submit,” and then nothing happened. My words remain in limbo. No connection. Has this occurred to anybody else?

    To Dan Hampton: Your caption submission calls forth the ’50s, when Brigitte Bardot was the reigning sex kitten, reminiscent of Kim Kardashian today. The story went that she was the first person to be seen by the first Martian sent here to make contact with us. He stares at her and then says, “Take me to your leader—–later!” I know this sounds crude and sexist and Bill Cosby-ish and I apologize, but humor was very different then.

  • Gerald Lebowitz 16:08h, 09 June Reply

    Those interested in the development of humor might consider a new book by James Curtis, “Mort Sahl and the Birth of Modern Comedy.” Sahl was a stand-up comedian who influenced everyone from Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld on down. Another book is by the well-known film producer/director/stand-up Judd Apatow called “Sick on the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy,” filled with marvelous interviews.

  • Linda Poindexter 18:04h, 09 June Reply

    I don’t know if they will believe you’re one of us. I see you’ve already stretched the truth a little.

  • Adrian Storisteanu 15:35h, 10 June Reply

    “Little green men… You mean the Greenbergs?”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 10:28h, 11 June Reply

    Mr. S, you could’ve gotten a little closer. Greenman is a popular Jewish surname. Josh Greenman, for example, is a well-known editor/writer. But your caption’s very funny. Thanks for the laugh. Best wishes.

    • Adrian Storisteanu 14:11h, 11 June Reply

      Thanks, good alternative. I just checked no real Greenberg commented in here, and went ahead to Submit! : – )

  • Richard Scheringer 13:31h, 11 June Reply

    Excuse me, are you Jewish?

  • Robert Soltz 09:51h, 13 June Reply

    Finally! I’ve been waiting forever…So where is the brisket?

  • Scott Rosenberg 22:37h, 13 June Reply

    In my shul we don’t wear spacesuits.

  • paul plotkin 13:24h, 15 June Reply

    Maxel tov. You have made it to the only tweet free zone in the universe.

  • Gerald Lebowitz 15:48h, 15 June Reply

    “Shabbos? Your time or mine?”

    • Adrian Storisteanu 16:42h, 15 June Reply

      The Promised Planet might conceivably have a couple of suns, which would only complicate matters…

  • Gerald Lebowitz 18:53h, 15 June Reply

    Forget about suns. Every month of the year in the Jewish calendar is a lunar month, based on the cycles of the moon. Looking just at our own solar system, we’d find that Mars, for example, has two moons and Jupiter and Saturn each have 60 or more! Would you want to do the calculations? I’d find it much less complicated to master three-dimensional chess (which I imagine you HAVE mastered).

    • Adrian Storisteanu 20:23h, 15 June Reply

      (Hah hah, not YET…)

  • Don Glassner 07:31h, 16 June Reply

    That’s the strangest yarmulke I’ve ever seen.

  • Adrian Storisteanu 09:20h, 16 June Reply

    “Purim it is not.”

  • Don Glassner 04:13h, 18 June Reply

    You’re just in time for Shabbat dinner!

  • Howard Brookman 14:41h, 18 June Reply

    The alien to the astronaut: “Excuse me sir, are you Jewish?”

  • John w 16:00h, 19 June Reply

    Still wearing those? We haven’t had to wear Burqas in years…

  • Tim Collins 12:46h, 20 June Reply

    “Forget Moses……, take a left, take a right, forty years, in the desert, look where we finally land!”! “The guy couldn’t find Miami Beach if he had GPS coordinates tattooed on the arch of the covenant”!

  • Judith Landgraf 19:29h, 20 June Reply

    Its a small moon after all

  • Gerald Lebowitz 23:37h, 20 June Reply

    “We don’t have any rabbis here. Our leaders are all astrophysicists, the only ones smart enough to figure out how and when to carry out all the rituals on this planet that gives us more than a thousand new moons a year plus all the holidays that are attached to them that we have to celebrate. Oy vey!”

  • Gerald Lebowitz 09:00h, 21 June Reply

    “On this planet, Judaism’s become so complicated that practicing it is considered a full-time job complete with salary, health benefits and even an early-retirement plan.”

    • Adrian Storisteanu 13:12h, 21 June Reply

      “Each kitchen here is equipped with a triple sink: dairy, meat, and plasma.” : – )

  • Stephen Becker 10:08h, 26 June Reply

    I wouldn’t step foot in that Shul….I belong to the Synagogue next to the big crater.

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