Here’s Your Chance to Prove You’re A Better Cartoon Captioner Than Elaine Benes
Two of the greatest cultural signifiers of New York for people who live outside New York, together again for your amusement. The New Yorker‘s cartoon caption contest has been the subject of many confused diatribes, pllotlines in various media and millions upon millions of unsuccessful submissions, and this week, readers have the opportunity to upstage one of its most famous failed attempts at a caption.
This week’s cartoon, which features an anthropomorphic pig filing a grievance at a complaint department, was the same cartoon Elaine submits in a late-season episode of Seinfeld, where the gang tries to come up with a punchline akin to the sometimes less-than-obvious (or nonexistent) caption one-liners. Elaine draws the concept with the caption "I wish I was taller," an inadvertent rip-off of a Ziggy comic, while Jerry offers a more obvious pig pun and Kramer, the cruder and perhaps more memorable "My wife is a slut."
So yeah, here’s your chance to prove you are funnier than Seinfeld. Get your submissions in by July 22nd and watch this classic brainstorming scene from the Show About Nothing.