Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Roger Ebert: New Yorker Caption Champ

From The New Yorker:

Dear Laughter Lovers,
Two years ago, Roger Ebert wrote on his Chicago Sun-Times blog:
I have entered the New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest almost weekly virtually since it began and have never even been a finalist. Mark Twain advised: “Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.” I have done more writing for free for the New Yorker in the last five years than for anybody in the previous 40 years.
It’s not that I think my cartoon captions are better than anyone else’s, although some weeks, understandably, I do. It’s that just once I want to see one of my damn captions in the magazine that publishes the best cartoons in the world. Is that too much to ask?

Done. To the delight of film fans, film-criticism fans, Caption Contest fans, and Roger Ebert fans—and count me among all of the above—Mr. Ebert has finally fulfilled his quest to win The New Yorker Caption Contest with this entry:

Two thumbs up for you, Roger...

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