New Yorker Laughs at Celebrities' Pathetic Attempts to Caption Cartoons

idog1 New Yorker Laughs at Celebrities' Pathetic Attempts to Caption CartoonsA typical “New Yorker” cartoon caption that you didn’t write

If you’ve never had a winning submission to The New Yorker‘s cartoon caption contest, you’re in good company. It took Roger Ebert 107 tries before coming up with a winning line, while other famous people such as Maureen Dowd, Michael Bloomberg, and Zach Galifianakis have also found their entries regarding what a pig in top hat might say to an old-timey bartender rejected.

Adding insult to injury, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff probably didn’t even bother reading your very clever meta-joke (“I’ve heard of homonyms but this is ridiculous!”). Aided by his assistant and a computer program, Mankoff himself reads only approximately 100 captions a week.

If the caption comes from a Bloomberg email address, it automatically goes in the trash.