Roger Ebert wins New Yorker cartoon caption contest

Movie crittic Roger Ebert, who has entered the New Yorker caption contest regularly since it began, has finally won. Robert Mankoff writes about the win on his blog.

Roger was being a bit hyperbolic when he claimed to have entered practically all of the contests since its inception. Out of a possible two hundred and eighty contests leading up to his win in No. 281, the Bureau of Cartoon Caption Contest Statistics reports that he entered only a hundred and seven, which puts him in five hundred and sixty-ninth place out of 502,416 unique entrants, who have submitted a total of 1,595,506 captions.

I’m more impressed with the quality of Roger’s submissions. Here are three I really liked.

Personally, I liked the three non-winners more than the one that finally clenched the honor. You can see them on the New Yorker blog.

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