Prove Your Comedy Chops with Moment’s Cartoon Caption Contest

Welcome to the Moment Magazine Cartoon Caption Contest, founded with the help of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, and drawn by New Yorker cartoonist Ben Schwartz.

Do you have a way with words and humor? If so, look at the cartoon below and send us a caption—or two or three! Plus scroll down to vote for your favorite caption. It’s free and fun!

Winners may claim a free Moment subscription for a friend of family member. Contest open to U.S. residents 18 and above.

Plus: Read interviews with some of our most prolific caption contest contributors here.

Submit a caption for this cartoon by December 15 by writing it in as a comment at the bottom of this page!

Vote for your favorite caption by filling out the form immediately below!

“Buckle up, buttercup.”
— Jim Gorman, Thousand Oaks, CA

“I knew you before you were born, and I didn’t like you then either.”
—Lee Lacewell, Heber Springs, AK

“I can co-pilot from back here.”
—Dale Stout, Colorado Springs, CO

Vote for your favorite! The winner will receive a free subscription to Moment to give to a friend. Any U.S. resident age 18 or older can enter.

Vote for your favorite caption

Chuckle at the September/October 2022 winning caption—and see who wrote it!


—Jonathan Schreiber, Los Angeles, CA

How to Submit Your Caption(s)

Submit as a comment below by December 15, 2022 Finalists will appear in the upcoming issue. To vote for the winner of the November/December 2022 contest (see finalists above), use the vote form.


90 thoughts on “Cartoon Caption Contest

  1. Marv Sager says:


    “The dreidel is trying to put a spin on our future!”

  2. Marv Sager says:

    “I wished for GELT not GIMBLE!”

  3. Marv Sager says:

    “I thought we OUTGREW this DREIDEL GAME!”

  4. Marv Sager says:

    “I knew those JEWISH ALIENS would develop an advanced spaceship!”

    1. Lee Lacewell says:

      Very good caption.

      1. Marv Sager says:


        THANKS! Your kind remarks are appreciated!

  5. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “What kind of holiday is Hannukah, where the aim is to outrun a Dreidel?”

  6. Marv Sager says:

    “I think we will be on TOP of the WHIRL!”

  7. Gerald Lebowitz says:


    All your captions are super, especially the last one. Marvin wasn’t as talented as you are.

    1. Marv Sager says:


      Marv is a firm believer in the special advantages of having GERITOL in his corner! THANKS for your encouragement!

  8. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    You also have GeraldTol in your corner.

    (If my words could only energize you like a vitamin, I’d send a million postings to you per day.)

  9. Marv Sager says:

    “The DIE may be cast, but now it’s the TURNING DREIDEL POWER (that counts)!”

  10. Marv Sager says:

    “I was looking for a TRYST between us, not a TWIST!”

  11. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “I didn’t know that if you spun a dreidel you could get arrested for reckless driving.”

  12. Marv Sager says:

    “The dreidel is creating a WIND TUNNEL and not a LOVE TUNNEL!”

  13. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “That dreidel’s having an identity crisis. It thinks it’s a whirling dervish.”

  14. Lee Lacewell says:

    The Ole make a caption combing the top three previous cartoon captions:

    “I was co-piloting from back here before you were born, so buckle up buttercup.”

  15. Lee Lacewell says:

    The Ole make a caption out of the three top captions from the previous cartoon:

    “I was co-piloting from back here before you were born. So buckle up buttercup.”

  16. Marv Sager says:

    “LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL, and I trust this is not a race to OUR FINISH!”

  17. Marv Sager says:

    “The HEAD WINDS are so strong that it would make John Birks Gillespie DIZZY!”

  18. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “A dreidel is a spinning top, but this one doesn’t know when to stop.”

  19. Marv Sager says:

    “No time to eat a bagel with cream cheese. We must outrun the DREIDEL’S MENACING’S SHADOW before we snack!”

  20. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I’m not running from the dreidel.I’m running from the giant who spun it.”

  21. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I observe the Sabbath,and donate to the Temple.It must be you who is on the ‘list’.

  22. Marv Sager says:

    “I heard of being behind the eight ball, but this is DREIDEL RIDICULOUSNESS!”

  23. Lee Lacewell says:

    “Honey, this time instead of shrinking the kids I may have accidentally enlarged them!”

  24. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “The price of oil is higher than usual this year. The dreidel is desperately trying to tell us how to make what we have last longer. But I wish it wouldn’t get so excited.”

  25. Marv Sager says:

    “I’m thinking about writing a BIG DREIDEL novel with many volumes. Looking forward to many SPIN OFFS!”

  26. Brendan Powers says:

    NUN for your life!!

  27. Lee Lacewell says:

    “When we signed up for the tv reality show ‘Super Dreidel’ I thought we would be spinning a toy for cash and prizes!”

  28. Rich Wolf says:

    “It’s a miracle if we get out of this alive.”

  29. Rich Wolf says:

    “You should see the Menorah!”

  30. Lee Lacewell says:

    “So you thought trying out for a couples competitive reality tv show would just be tops!”

  31. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I told you that we shouldn’t ‘do it’ on Hanukkah.”

  32. Marv Sager says:

    “Do you think we might need a SPIN DOCTOR?”

  33. “I made it out of autonomous rotors, inertial sensors, gyroscopic stabilizers, and clay.”

  34. “Didn’t I say no gifts?”

  35. Mark says:

    “Attack of the 60-ft rabbi opens at a theater near you”

  36. Marv Sager says:

    “To say the least, this dreidel is a TWIST of FAITH!”

  37. “From now on, I say we go topless.”

  38. Marv Sager says:


    “Both are scary but BIG DREIDEL WEDDINGS will sweep you off your feet!”

  39. Lee Lacewell says:

    “Asking G-d if he could create a bigger dreidel than he could spin was the best question you could think of?”

  40. Davis Robert A. says:

    Eating too many latkes always gives me nightmares!

  41. Marv Sager says:

    “The DREIDEL DIET keeps you running and CHASES AWAY your calories!”

  42. Marv Sager says:

    “Haven’t our people suffered enough RUN-A-ROUNDS?!”

    Dedicated to ADRIAN STORISTEANU who might have posted this phrase if he was available.

  43. Lee Lacewell says:

    “My trainer said this will burn more calories than pop tarts stuck in a toaster.”

    1. Lee Lacewell says:

      “In order to be completely fair, in my caption above, I realize that I should also have made reference to mom tarts, not pop tarts only. I apologize to any mom tarts for my oversight.

  44. Lee Lacewell says:

    “We were granted one wish and you chose ‘the world’s biggest and best dreidel’…..players?”

  45. “Run for cover—it’s a drone dreidel!”

  46. Marv Sager says:


  47. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “It’s as if we were in the scariest Jewish horror movie ever made, “The Dreidel from the Black Lagoon.”

  48. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “I’d rather have a shayna Maidel than a dreidel any time.”

  49. Marv Sager says:

    “I now hate that song, I WILL FOLLOW HIM!”

  50. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “That baby’s not going to stop soon. It’s got enough oil to keep spinning for a whole year.”

  51. Marv Sager says:

    “That dreidel is like my mother-in-law, as both have a SINISTER SPIN!”

  52. Lee Lacewell says:

    “Can’t we just play online video dreidel.”

  53. Lee Lacewell says:

    “Life is like a box of ‘good and bad’ giant dreidels, you never know which one you’re gonna get you.”

    “Run, Jenny, run!”

  54. Ian D. says:

    “I told you to wait till it’s dry and ready!”

  55. Michael Lomazow says:

    “This dreidel is already on probation for spinning while intoxicated.”

  56. Marv Sager says:

    “If I BUTT HEADS with that mean dreidel, then I will become RAMbunctious!”

  57. “What if it keeps this up for eight days?”

  58. Marv Sager says:

    “We are soon to be victims of a MOVING SPEEDING VEHICLE VIOLATION!”

  59. Marv Sager says:

    “I now believe in the HEREAFTER, and HEREAFTER I will pray for forgiveness!”

  60. Lee Lacewell says:

    “This puts a whole new spin on couples workouts.”

  61. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “I don’t think this is about us at all. The gimmel’s trying to catch the hey.”

  62. Marv Sager says:


  63. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “When I asked you to go for a spin, I meant by car.”

  64. Marv Sager says:

    “The next local snow accumulation will be called a DREIDEL DRIFT!”

  65. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “I was once taught there are two sides to every story. But there are four sides to every dreidel.”

  66. Marv Sager says:

    “As a child, I had a framed picture of a twirling dreidel. I imagined it would one-day tip over on me, OY VEY!”

  67. “After all this, if it lands on shin we still have to pay.”

  68. Lee Lacewell says:

    Which statement below is based on opinion rather than fact?

    A: “No matter how thin you pour a pancake it still has two sides.”
    B: “No matter how fast you spin a dreidel it still has four sides.”
    C: “No matter how often you eat bagels with cream cheese they are still better than doughnuts.”
    D: “None of the above.”

    1. Gerald Lebowitz says:


      There’s also a question among food servers as to the correct side to use in order to serve sides like potatoes, breads snd salads in restaurants and other settings. But that’s complicating the matter too much.

      We all have to take sides in whatever games we play, don’t we?

  69. Marv Sager says:

    “An ominous letter in the mail suggested that I should upgrade my hospitalization policy!”

  70. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I never should have converted from my Jewish roots.”

  71. Marv Sager says:

    “Your mother often said that I would PUSH & PULL you in a BAD DIRECTION!”

  72. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “Someone goofed! Hanukkah’s supposed to be the festival of lights, not the festival of flights.”

  73. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “Someone must have lit the dreidel by mistake instead of the menorah.”

  74. Marv Sager says:

    “My CHILDHOOD DREIDELS were meant for FUNTIME, and this WHIRLWIND DREIDLE is meant for DOWNTIME!”

  75. Lee Lacewell says:

    “I’m not trying to run faster than a evil killer dreidel, I’m just trying to stay ahead of you!”

  76. gerald lebowitz says:

    “I appreciate its holiday spirit, but I wish it wouldn’t sing ‘Oy to the World.'”

  77. Lee Lacewell says:

    “Don’t go walkin slow, an evil dreidel’s on the loose!”

  78. Lee Lacewell says:

    “There were other paths we could have gone, and perhaps it’s not too late to change the path we’re on.”

  79. Marv Sager says:

    “Reporting this BIG DREIDEL INCIDENT to the police would cause them to keep me locked up at home with an ANKLE MONITOR!”

    (At home: no more dreidels allowed for me of any size!)

  80. “The gimel means gimme shelter.”

  81. Lee Lacewell says:

    “Don’t look now but I think we ARE the pot.”

  82. Lee Lacewell says:

    “This is another fine dreidel mess you’ve gotten us into.”

  83. Marv Sager says:

    “As a kid, I PRAYED for a big dreidel but not a big dreidel that PREYS on me!”

  84. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “That dreidel is just like the Jewish people. Just when you think it’s going to tip over, it balances itself and rolls on.”

  85. Marv Sager says:

    “I will cancel all my delivery dreidels to my family. One BIG DREIDEL NIGHTMARE is enough!”

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