The winner of Caption Contest 171 (Gahan Wilson's butcher with kickline display of meat) is
"I'd suggest you keep them away from the gingerbread men."That's a first win for the Shaolin!
Vincent Coca (Staten Island, NY)
The winner of Caption Contest 172 (happy head on Easter Island) is
"Guess who's getting voted off the island."This third win for Rhode Island ties the tiny state with Al Franken-lovin' Minnesota!
Michael Vorenberg (Barrington, RI)
The nominees in Caption Contest 173 (Tom Cheney's businessmen hauling loads of moolah) are
"Who would have thought they'd actually give money to a bank!"Yes, that's at least Lynn Tudor's fourth nomination after Caption Contest 80, Caption Contest 117, and Caption Contest 120 (a win).
Michael Jensen (New Rochelle, NY)
"At the next bailout, let's also ask for a pony."
Lynn Tudor (New York, NY)
"Did you send your thank-you card to Congress?"
Harvey Kaslow (Pasadena, CA)
"I used to sell strip steaks, but they cleaned up their act."You like??
The nominees in Caption Contest 174 (Harry Bliss's little man, big bird with worm in beak) are
"I want to live at my dad's."My loser:
Sean Delaney (Stanardsville, VA)
"No, thanks—I only eat them on reality shows."
Sean Lee (Brooklyn, NY)
"Am I in your dream or are you in mine?"
Joe Sherlock (Omaha, NE)
"I appreciate the gesture, but I'm just not into you."
The winner of Anti-Caption Contest 174 (Harry Bliss's little man, big bird with worm in beak) is
The Worm: "Please, my little elven friend, stop gaping and get me out of this bird's mouth before it eats me!"My loser:
"Go ahead and PECK me to death, starting with my balls! That would still be nothing compared to what that ganef Bernie Madoff did to me."
In Anti-Caption Contest 175 (Drew Dernavich's person in hybrid sports getup), the winner is
"Him? This is my idiot friend Steve. He used to be... are you wearing a fucking yarmulke?"Nothing from me on this one.
Caption Contest 176 is here. Anti-Caption Contest 176 is here.
Here is the current New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest breakdown by state. You can find it all mapped out here.
30 CaliforniaMap Introduction
28 New York (24 from the Big Apple)
13 New Jersey
9 Virginia (four from NOVA, two from Richmond, one from Charlottesville, one from Newport News, one from Roanoke)
8 Illinois (six from Chicago, two captions by Lawrence Wood, two drawings by Leo Cullum)
6 Connecticut (two from New Haven, four not)
5 Maryland (none named Mary)
5 North Carolina (two from Charlotte)
5 Texas (three from Houston)
4 Arizona (two from Tucson)
4 Georgia (includes two-time winner Carl Gables)
3 Minnesota (Minneapolis 2, St. Paul 1)
3 Rhode Island
2 District of Columbia
2 New Hampshire
2 Oregon (both named Eric, both from Portland)
1 Louisiana (New Orleans)
1 New Mexico
Thanks to Andriy Bidochko for Map Builder.
Parodic The Gothamer illustration realized by Deborah Grumet from concept by David Marc Fischer