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 October 28 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!

“So how much longer before you evolve in to a doctor?”
—Cary Antebi, Brooklyn, NY

“You’re one step away from Shlomo sapiens.”
—Arkady Elterman, Boston, MA

“It’s all about survival of the Yiddish.”
—Stephen Nadler, Princeton, NJ

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.

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Chuckle at the Spring 2020 winning caption—and see who wrote it!

“I’m gonna make you an offering you can’t refuse.”
—Paul Root Wolpe, Decatur, GA

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Submit as a comment below by October 28, 2020. Finalists will appear in the upcoming issue. To vote for the winner of the Summer 2020 contest (see finalists above), use the vote form.

225 thoughts on “Cartoon Caption Contest

  1. Larry Lesser says:

    Why, yes, I’m going up — how did you know?

    1. Look, I never could walk on water, like Jesus used too; but since the those holes in his feet, he sinks like a stone.

  2. Larry Lesser says:

    Going up — it’s like aliyah!

  3. Larry Lesser says:

    Of course this is a Sabbath elevator!

  4. Jonathan+Mayer says:

    I’m glad you brought your lunch, my son. It’s a quite a lift, even if were taking the express elevator instead of the stairway to heaven.

  5. Marvin+Sager says:

    I have coronavirus and need a lift.

  6. Marvin+Sager says:

    Since I am unlucky, I will get off on the 13th floor and pray!

  7. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “We’re familiar with all your commandments. What we need this morning is a second opinion.”

  8. Marvin+Sager says:

    All year I have been waiting for a trip. So, up and away then I will trip out.

  9. Marvin+Sager says:

    At the end of my ride, I want God by my side.

    1. Richard G. Marcil says:

      “Please, forgive the schmatta.”

  10. Rich Wolf says:

    “Are you absolutely sure you want to go down?”

  11. Rich Wolf says:

    “Consider it a pitch, not a commandment.”

  12. Rich Wolf says:

    “Can you press penthouse please?”

  13. Rich Wolf says:

    “Where were you on Sunday?”

  14. “I don’t require your praise for the elevator music.”

  15. “I can’t fly you home. You’re thinking of Willy Wonka.”

  16. “I’m feeling creative today.”

  17. “The power to heal the cosmos. And what do you have in yours?”

  18. “I’m Dr Moses. Welcome to Mount Sinai Hospital. “

  19. ” I’m Dr Moses and I know a thing or two about plagues. “

  20. John Huckstep says:

    I said, do you want to know a secret?

  21. Ken Alexander says:

    I may be omniscient, but I have no idea whether the Close Door button actually does anything.

  22. JR says:

    “I’m revealing my new Tablets.”

    1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

      Good, JR!

  23. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “For this particular trip, the sky’s not necessarily the limit.”

  24. “It’s a common mistake. Father Time always wears an Apple Watch.”

  25. Jonathan+Mayer says:

    While not in the great glass elevator, Charlie Bucket escorts Willy Wonka on his final ascension.

  26. D Rokach says:

    “The elevator’s stalled. Shall we study a blatt Gemara?”

  27. “Sorry, but I never interfere in caption contests.”

  28. John Huckstep says:

    I usually take the sleigh but I can’t find my boots.

  29. “I’m a Stuffed Dermatologist. What’s your specialty?”

  30. “Did you know I did the first soul transplant?”

  31. “I wrote Ten Commandments of Medicine, published by Burning Bush Press.”

  32. “Behold! Now shall I part the doors as once I parted the Red Sea.”

  33. John Huckstep says:

    My name is Fred Claus but most people just call me Santa.

  34. Marvin+Sager says:

    When I mentioned to my boss that this elevator smells like urine, he told me to, “PISS OFF!”

  35. Dale Stout says:

    Have you read my Book? I’m Thee best selling Author.

  36. Marvin+Sager says:

    On certain occasions like this, I like to sing, “YOU RAISE ME UP.”

  37. Mati Rolland says:

    “I wouldn’t worry about it…You should though.”

  38. John Huckstep says:

    I once worked with a rod and staff, now I use a brief case and attorney’s

  39. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “Without your guiding it, this would be a hell-evator.”

  40. Marvin+Sager says:

    I always try to stay on the right side of God, GOD WILLING!

  41. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    From a physiology textbook:

    “Healthy cells follow a lifecycle of growth, division and death. Like leaves on a tree, old cells die off and are replaced by an equal number of healthy cells. Cancer develops when old cells refuse to die but keep growing, dividing, and building up in one place—creating a tumor.”

    Political considerations aside, would you consider a sitting president who refused to accept defeat on election day a cancer cell in the body politic?

  42. Dale Stout says:

    Here’s my elevator speech: In the beginning…

    1. Richard G. Marcil says:

      “My son’s birthday is coming up, and I have no clue what to get him.”

  43. Dale Stout says:

    Lefties were created for my amusement.

  44. jim gorman says:

    “It may be true. My acts limit your liability, but there is that eternal accountability.”

  45. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “Forrest Gump was wrong. He said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. I say life is more like an elevator. It’s filled with ups and downs.”

  46. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    Well, JR has happily contributed, so Dinah must be waiting in the wings. Here’s a story you might enjoy, Dinah, courtesy of Anessa Cohen:

    It begins with a crowd of people waiting at the bus terminal in Jerusalem after Rosh Hashanah to catch the 402 bus to Bnei Brak after enjoying a beautiful yom tov. By 9 p.m. the line is quite long, but spirits are high after the chag, as people line up with their children and suitcases in tow. A few start looking at their watches, wondering when the bus is finally going to show up to take them home.

    As time marches on to 10 p.m. and then 11 p.m., the bus has still not appeared; the lines are getting longer and the people rowdier and more irritated. Children and babies are already tired and acting out and crying, and the parents do not know what to do to calm them down with the bus nowhere in sight.

    Finally, at 1 a.m. an empty bus appears with the number 318 on it. A few chassidim enter the bus and ask the driver where the bus is headed. The bus driver answers that his destination is Rechovot. The chassidim look around and see that the bus stays empty and no one is getting on, so they ask him if he could change the bus to the 402 line to Bnei Brak since there does not seem to be anyone going to Rechovot. With so many families waiting, they reasoned, it is more important to go to Bnei Brak than Rechovot.

    The driver shakes his head at the chassidim and says, “Do you know how much trouble I will be in if I change my route from the 318 to Rechovot to the 402 to Bnei Brak? My bosses will have my head on a platter when they find out what I did!”

    They continue to argue back and forth for a while, until finally the bus driver says, “OK, I will do it!” And he gets up and changes the sign on the bus from 318 to Rechovot to the 402 to Bnei Brak.

    People start cheering and board the bus, relieved to be on their way home. Everyone takes a seat, and the chassidim who talked the bus driver into changing his route take a microphone and announce to all the people that they should say thank you to this bus driver, the tzaddik who had pity on us and changed his route so as to be able to get everyone home to Bnei Brak!

    Everyone starts clapping and cheering and saying, “What a guy!” and singing the bus driver’s praises all the way to their destination.

    When the bus finally arrives in Bnei Brak, people are so grateful to be home that they bless the bus driver over and over again as they exit the bus, thanking him once again for taking pity on them and bringing them in his bus to Bnei Brak!

    Everyone gets off the bus except for an old man who tarries a little longer, waiting to speak to the driver before he gets off the bus. The old man says to the bus driver, “How is it that you agreed in the end to bring everyone here to Bnei Brak? Aren’t you afraid you will get in trouble from your employers for not going to Rechovot?”

    The bus driver looks from side to side and then directly at the old man and says, “You see, it’s like this. My bosses called up many drivers telling them that they were needed to come in to work and drive the crowds of people home that were lining up at the bus station. Most of us had thought we would have the evening off as a continuation of the chag until tomorrow.

    “When I arrived late with the bus at the bus station and saw the angry mob of people waiting for the number 402 bus to Bnei Brak, there was no way I was going to tell them that I was the driver of the 402 to Bnei Brak—–they had been waiting so long, they would have killed me! But when I told them that I was the number 318 to Rechovot and I let them talk me into changing my route, suddenly they loved me and everyone on the bus wanted to be my friend and sing my praises. Hearing them thank me for taking them to Bnei Brak was much better than having them call me names for coming so late!”

    Only in Israel, Dinah, second installment. 🙂

  47. Marvin+Sager says:

    By using elevators, we can pray continuously every “step of the way!” Thank you God for allowing this ALMIGHTY approach.

  48. “You know Hippocrates interned for me. “

  49. ” Hi, I’m Dr Altacocker.”

  50. dax hitt says:

    Go home early, I got this.

  51. Marvin+Sager says:

    With a soul partner in life, you get a second opinion of how close you are to God!

  52. Dinah Rokach says:

    “The elevator’s stalled. Let’s study a blatt Gemara.”

  53. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “I deal mostly with the cosmic. I have no idea why this elevator is stuck.”

  54. Marvin+Sager says:

    Forgive me, but I said, “This elevator operates by a pulley, not by a BULLY!”

  55. Dale Stout says:

    So you’re stuck in an elevator and don’t have a prayer? I’m listening.

  56. Dale Stout says:

    I don’t sell life insurance, I give life assurance.

    1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

      Dale, this is the best kind of humor, that which reveals truth underneath. We’re all really looking for assurance underneath the insurance we buy, aren’t we?

      And I’ve kept forgetting to congratulate you on your winning biblical archaelogy entry. I really dug it (pun intended).

      As a reward you should treat yourself to a screening of “Angel on My Shoulder,” a great film starring my favorite actor, Paul Muni.

      Congratulations again!

      1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

        Dale, actually the best film Paul Muni ever made is “We Are Not Alone” in 1939, an unheralded gem, a complete turnaround from “Scarface” seven years earlier.

      2. Dale Stout says:

        Gerald, I saw “Angel on My Shoulder” – it was quite a film, along with Paul Muni and others. It really had the hell-evator! Thank you, Dale

        1. Marvin+Sager says:

          I used to be a “bag man” for Meyer Lansky, then I was a “bag man” for Bernie Madoff, and lastly I was a “bag man” for Michael Cohen. Now, I just bag my lunch.

          1. Marvin+Sager says:

            “Oh, God!” I just figured out how to use the REPLY button. George Burns would have laughed about this while smoking his stogie. Dale, I wanted to add my congratulations to your list of accomplishments. (Now, stop wasting your time reading this, and add more puns to this blog!)

  57. Dale Stout says:

    Let’s make like Van Halen and JUMP!

    1. Dale Stout says:

      Could you push the emergency button? Someone needs me.

  58. D Rokach says:

    “The elevator’s stalled. Let us pray.”

  59. Marvin+Sager says:

    It’s like “riding” the Stock Market. You are up one moment and down the next while praying you don’t CRASH!

  60. D Rokach says:

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Where faith and science meet.

    1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

      Where does science end and faith begin? In the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, isn’t it all relative?

  61. Marvin+Sager says:

    My wife should be the voice on on this elevator. When you reach your floor she would say, “It’s time to get the HELL out of here!”

  62. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “Imagine! I once had to break my back to find and haul two slabs of rock in order to spread my ten commandments, while now I could fit a complete library into this tiny laptop if I chose.”

  63. John Huckstep says:

    Truth or Dare?

  64. Michael Lomazow says:

    “You are invited for dinner.In fact,you are dinner.”

  65. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I have a corn bigger than you.”

  66. Michael Lomazow says:

    “You are invited for dinner.In fact, you are dinner.”

  67. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    From “Presidential Anecdotes” by Paul F. Boller, Jr.:

    “Do you ever admit a mistake?” President John F. Kennedy asked Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1961 in Vienna during foreign policy talks.

    “Certainly,” Khrushchev replied. “In a speech before the Twentieth Party Congress, I admitted all of Stalin’s mistakes.”

  68. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    Here’s a story, I believe, told by that great writer Leo Rosten, about a men’s clothing store in his neighborhood on Roosevelt Road in Chicago in the early 1940’s:

    The clothing store was owned by two guys, partners, who, rumor had it, sent eight children through college simply pretending to be deaf.

    One partner would wait on a customer, praising the excellence of the wool or the styling of this or that suit.

    The customer would then naturally ask, “How much is it?”

    “What?” asked the salesman, cupping his ear.

    “How—much—does—it—cost?” the customer would repeat, more loudly.


    “How much is the suit?” the customer would shout.

    “Ah, the price! I’ll ask the boss.” Whereupon he would turn and shout toward the back of the store. “How much is the beautiful navy blue double-breasted suit?”

    The boss would shout back, “Forty dollars!”

    The “deaf” clerk would tell the customer, “The boss says twenty dollars.”

    Need one describe how quickly so many men, young and old, plunked down their twenty dollars and rushed out of the store, chortling?

    The scam was unmatched for simplicity, duplicity and proper punishment of the greedy. The children of the partners, it is needless to say, received a very fine higher education. 🙂

  69. Marvin+Sager says:

    I told my wife that on this elevator I push all the right buttons, but I sometimes can’t get it up. She replied, “Well, in our bedroom you push all my right buttons and sometimes can’t get it up either!”

  70. “I didn’t realize these briefcases were so omnipresent.”

  71. “I got myself a briefcase in the image of yours.”

  72. “Do you think you deserve to be carried up or given the shaft?”

  73. “Well, I say it’s all right to wear white after Labor Day.”

  74. “I’m generally benevolent, but sometimes I let loose and press every button.”

    1. jim gorman says:

      I like it. I think the very definition of omnipresent is “pressing every button”.

      1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

        I like it, too. Stephen is a pro who never loses his touch.

        Although if you think about it, pressing all the keys down at the same time would produce no music, just a cacophany of sounds.

        And to throw the ball back to you, Jim, you never make a comment that is not rooted in the deep wisdom of experience.

        1. jim gorman says:

          That comment was rooted in experience. 1978 Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, an engineering trade show. I enter a crowded elevator with two of my young co-workers. One holds the door. The other presses all the buttons. They leap out. I am mortified, and ride to my floor with a car load of seething passengers, anyone of which I might meet at one of my professional meetings the next day. Was G_d testing me?

          1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

            Jim, God WAS testing you, pressuring you in the same way coal is pressured to become diamond. You had to face the seething, impatient faces of those who entered the car after you. What is the expression? If something doesn’t kill us, it makes us stronger?

            I also learned the meaning of a saying which had always eluded me. “To push one’s buttons” has always had a negative connotation, doing or saying something to make someone angry or upset or irritated or exasperated. And those kids literally pushed yours that day.

            But you survived and got to your floor and are still rising.

      2. @Jim Gorman:
        “I pressed all the buttons because I have to be everywhere.”

  75. Look, being all-seeing and all-knowing has its ups and downs.”

  76. “Even if I already AM everywhere, I still enjoy the ride.”

  77. “No, not Santa Claus. Guess again.”

  78. “You have free will. Pick a floor yourself.”

  79. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “Don’t you ever worry about banging your head on the top of this elevator?”

  80. Marvin+Sager says:

    When I ride this elevator, I consider it divine intervention.

  81. Marvin+Sager says:

    I told my wife that when God speaks on the elevator, I listen. She answered, “Hallelujah, you finally listen to someone!”

  82. Dale Stout says:

    Everyone dies, son. Just don’t die hard with a vengeance.

  83. Dale Stout says:

    I thought you were the mechanic.

  84. “I’ve been an MD since BC.”

    1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

      To William A.,

      Your captions are all much more than OK.

  85. Marvin+Sager says:

    I told my Rabbi that in wars people find their God in fox holes, but I found my God on the elevator. My Rabbi said to me, “Moshe, what else is new? In this neighborhood there are gunshots everywhere!”

  86. Dale Stout says:

    It’s like the wailing wall but more uplifting.

  87. Marvin+Sager says:

    From riding this elevator I found a solution to the world’s troubles, it’s the EMERGENCY ESCAPE!

  88. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    It always amazes me how each generation creates authorities, people who are widely looked up to in their fields until they ultimately reveal that they have feet of clay and then fall with a thud. Their trajectory is almost like that of a bell curve. This goes on in politics, religion, finance, literature–any area you can think of. Even in Australia they have kan-gurus (sorry, Dale, I couldn’t resist that).

    For example, in the area of investing, a man named Edson Gould could do no wrong in the period after World War II until he crashed; Joe Granville suffered the same fate when he missed the massive bull market that started in the early ’80s: and now Warren Buffett and Ray Dalio seem to be faltering. We have even taken experts in one field and given them authority in other fields, quoting their predictions. I’m going to start something new, spotlighting the words of people whose statements were once taken seriously:

    1) “The boy will come to nothing.”
    —Jakob Freud, after his eight-year-old son, Sigmund, had relieved himself in his parents’ bedroom in 1864.

    2)”I do not consider Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted. He is showing an ability that is amazing, and he seems to be gaining his victories without much bloodshed.”
    —Mohandas K. Gandhi, leader of the movement for Indian independence, in May 1940

    3) I think there is a world market for about five computers.”
    —Thomas J. Watson, Chairman of the Board of IBM, 1943.

    4) “Video won’t be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”
    —Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century -Fox Studios, 1946.

  89. John Huckstep says:

    It’s casual Friday!

  90. Dear Gerald, Thanks for the accolade. Also since I reenact Albert Einstein, the family maid referred to young Albert as “The Dopey One “. He didn’t speak until he was almost 3 years old.

    1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

      Thanks very much for your input. Robert Frost went through the same developmental delay as Einstein. But words are two-edged swords, you know, sharpening our perceptions in one sense yet screening out the world in another, acting very much like radar to warn us of danger and categorizing everything we see. So perhaps retaining an untainted vision until one is older opens one up to all kinds of insights and possibilities. I’ve seen children pointing to things in a room and asking what they are only to have the adults around them shrug their shoulders because they have no words for what the children are seeing. In the Garden of Eden, Adam saw the animals and then named them. Today most of us are taught to name the world before experiencing it and so get trapped for the rest of our lives by labels.

      That is why the work you are doing is so important. You bring a wordless spirit back into the world in the characters you play, freeing them from the page.
      I hope you continue to provide the spiritual nectar that most people are thirsty for but can’t find because there is no word for it.

      Meanwhile, thanks for the spirit you continue to bring to this site.

  91. Dale Stout says:

    Your people got in on the ground floor.

  92. Dale Stout says:

    Up, up and away! I always wanted to say that.

  93. Dale Stout says:

    This is the Pikes Peak Express elevator. If the cable breaks, there are two springs below to stop us: Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs.

  94. Dale Stout says:

    I got the Goldmine and you got the shaft.

  95. Dale Stout says:

    Sorry, I’m not looking for a Senior Partner.

  96. Michael Lomazow says:

    “Egg salad on a roll.What about you?”

  97. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I’m too sexy for my shoes. “

  98. Michael Lomazow says:

    “Its nice to work with a legend.Me”

  99. Marvin+Sager says:

    Questions for God (as younger minds need to learn). Answers are given as sensitive & juvenile.

    (Q) Does God sign autographs?
    (A) God has his busy hands full of other things.
    (Q) What bush did God use to burn so long?
    (A) Apparently, God used bushes with hard/dried limbs from the “heavenly petrified forest.”
    (Q) Does God like sex?
    (A) God would answer: What is there not to like? So, he created Adam & Eve and “watched.”

    NOTE: There are many more questions. But, I don’t want to GODSEND too many answers!

  100. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I’m already took a peek inside the briefcase.Just a lot of vouchers and questionnaires.Pulp or no pulp?New York Times or Washington Post?HBO or Showtime?Yo would think they would already know.

  101. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I’m not God.Related? Maybe but waiting for the results of the DNA test.

  102. jim gorman says:

    “While we are at it, maybe we should add a lesson about blasphemy and free speech. We could use that ‘Slippery Slope’ reference.”

  103. Marvin+Sager says:

    For spiritual guidance, shall I use my iPhone and DIAL-A-PRAYER?

  104. Adrian Storisteanu says:

    “It may seem slow, but everything takes 40 years where I come from.”

    1. Adrian Storisteanu says:


      “It may seem slow, but where I come from everything takes 40 years.”

  105. Adrian Storisteanu says:

    “I did not know the tower had an elevator. It must have been lost in translation.”

  106. Michael Lomazow says:

    “We have an agreement.He leaves me alone and I leave him alone.”

  107. Dale Stout says:

    Whatever you do, don’t go to “L”.

  108. Dale Stout says:

    Why, yes, I have a will. Pray that it be done.

  109. Marvin+Sager says:

    No offense, but I choose to wear Nike Air Jordan Shoes rather than “HOLY SANDALS.”

  110. Michael Lomazow says:

    “You can guess what’s on the 13th floor.”

  111. Marvin+Sager says:

    As we go up, I now answer to a “higher authority!”

  112. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    Here are a few more words from people who were taken very seriously in their time and looked up to for their wisdom:

    1) “The radio craze will die out in time.”
    —Thomas Alva Edison (American scientist and inventor), 1922.

    2)”I am pessimistic about broadcasting. The truth is that I have anticipated its complete disappearance, confident that the unfortunate people who must now subdue themselves to listening in will soon find a better pastime for their leisure.”
    —H. G. Wells(British author and historian), 1928.

    2) “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming.”
    —Lee DeForest (American radio pioneer and inventor of the audion tube), 1026.

    3) “The world will little note nor long remember what we say here.”
    —Abraham Lincoln (President of the United States, dedicating the national cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), November 19, 1863.

    4) There can be no doubt as to the verdict of future generations on his achievement. He is the greatest figure of our age. Mussolini will dominate the 20th Century as Napoleon dominated the early nineteenth.”
    —Lord Rothermere, famous British newspaper publisher), March 28, 1928.

    5) “Gerald Lebowitz is the most wonderful human being who ever lived.”
    —Marvin Sager, September 2, 2020.

    (Sorry about the last one. I couldn’t resist sneaking it in, just to make sure you’re really reading this. Please, Marvin, don’t sue.)

    1. Marvin+Sager says:

      Gerald, you are a MENSCH and a SCHOLAR, and I have always “got your back!” (You can’t hide your genial sayings from me even if I am the author.) 🙂

  113. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    Marvin, I am the prime example of the person who studies and studies and knows more and more about less and less and ends up knowing everything about nothing.

    But I do know enough to know that it is your good will that makes the world go around

    Thanks for everything.

    1. Marvin+Sager says:

      Gerald, are you trying to make me blush?

    2. Gerald Lebowitz says:

      P.S. Actually, knowing everything about nothing would not be such a bad idea. Seinfeld’s show was famously about nothing, and it made him very, very, very rich.

      P.P.S. Marvin, were you blushing? I thought it was a sunburn from being at the beach too long. (Actually it’s better to be caught red-faced than red-handed.)

      1. Marvin+Sager says:


        No, I am not red-faced from being sunburned at the beach. As a matter of fact, I haven’t been to the beach this year because of the coronavirus. Of course, I like to think that my face is red from being HOT BLOODED. Passionate women have that effect on me, but you probably know more about this as a LOVER OF LITERATURE (among other things)!

  114. John Huckstep says:

    Floor seven please.

  115. Marvin+Sager says:

    I told my wife that I found FAITH. She said, “Before that you found that slut HOPE, and before that you found that sleazy CHARITY! So, you have FAITH/HOPE/CHARITY and I have the house, car, and bank accounts!”

    1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

      Marvin, that’s like the husband who tells a friend, “My wife and I have a fully equal marriage. I decide what political candidates to vote for, how much foreign aid to give other nations, and by what percentage point the Federal Reserve should raise or lower interest rates. She decides where we live, what kind of car we should drive, and how much money we should spend on groceries and clothes.”

  116. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    Marvin, you would have been treated badly if you had blushed during the Cold War. Remember the slogan then that was very popular in this country?

    “Better dead than red.”

    1. Marvin+Sager says:

      Gerald, to paraphrase an old Russian saying:

      “Old friends and ‘blush’ wine are best.”

  117. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    I once had a friend who was contemptuous of any so-called expert. He spelled the word (and you would appreciate this, Dale) “ex-spurt,” or one who still spouted but was too spent to have anything more of value to spurt. Here are more past pearls of wisdom by the former experts of our world:

    1) “Women are brought up from the time they’re 6 years old to read books, eat candy and go to dancing class. They can’t compete against men.”
    —Gene Scott (American lawyer and ranking tennis player commenting on the upcoming Riggs-King match, July 12, 1973).

    2)”We plan absentee ownership. I’ll stick to building ships.”
    —George Steinbrenner, President of AmericanShipbuilding Company, commenting on his future role as a member of the syndicate that had just purchased the New York Yankees from CBS, January 3, 1973.

    3) “The phonograph is not of any commercial value.”
    —Thomas Alva Edison (inventor of the phonograph in a remark to his assistant, Sam Insull, 1880).

    4) “Everything that can be invented has been invented,:
    —Charles H. Duell (Commissioner of U.S. Office of Patents, urging President William McKinley to abolish his office, 1899).

    5) “I have no political ambitions for myself or my children.”
    —Joseph P. Kennedy, head of the group “I’m for Roosevelt,” 1936.

    6) And last but not least:
    “We rule by love and not by the bayonet.”
    —Dr. Joseph Paul Goebbels. Minister of Enlightenment for the German National Socialist Party, 1936).

  118. Michael Lomazow says:

    “If you have a 1952 Topps Mantle,I can get you a penthouse.”

  119. Gerald Lebowitz says:


    Who would guess that ephemera like baseball cards and comic books and the like would vastly outperform such investment staples as stocks, gold and currencies as investments? I sometimes think back to a summer day in 1965 when I happened to look into a store window while walking on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City and saw a mint copy of Action Comics #1 selling for the (then) outrageous price of $10.

    No, I didn’t buy it. But I sometimes reach back into the past and pay the shopkeeper for the magazine.

  120. Marvin+Sager says:

    I mentioned to my wife that we should have God over some day for dinner. She replied, “I have two dates open on my calendar, APRIL FOOLS DAY & DOOMSDAY.”

  121. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I’ve got some Christmas gigs too.”

  122. Michael Lomazow says:

    ” The sandals.This is casual friday. “

  123. Michael Lomazow says:

    “When you meet the big man don’t mention the Yankees.He’s a fan.”

  124. Michael Lomazow says:

    “I’m sorry if we surprised you but c’mon,bleach to cure the virus!”

  125. Michael Lomazow says:

    ” You can order anything.Except anchovies.The big guy hates them. “

  126. Marvin+Sager says:

    I’m inspired to dress up as a SAINT for Halloween, but my wife thinks a SINNER costume would be better.

  127. Michael Lomazow says:

    “It was nice meeting you.I’ll be seeing you again in about ten years and well really get acquainted.”

    1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

      Marvin, it doesn’t matter how you’re dressed as long as she says “halo” to you.

      1. Marvin+Sager says:

        Gerald, does “halo” stand for HAllowed BE THY NAME? That would be perfect!

  128. Michael Lomazow says:

    “It’s nice to work with a legend.Me.”

  129. Michael Lomazow says:

    ” You can order anything except anchovies.The big guy hates them. “

  130. Michael Lomazow says:

    “It was nice meeting you.I’ll see you again in about ten years and we’ll really get acquainted.”

    1. Richard G. Marcil says:

      “I swear, sometimes they act like there’s more than one of me.”

  131. Ryan Torok says:

    If you are who you say you are, why don’t you get us moving again?

  132. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    Here are some more respected voices from the past whose views look ridiculous in retrospect:

    1) “And yet I told Your Holiness that I was no painter.”
    —Michelangelo, in a remark to Pope Julius II after the latter complained about the progress of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, 1508.

    2) “By 1980 all power (electric, atomic, solar) is likely to be virtually costless.”
    —Henry Luce, Founder and Publisher of Time, Life and Fortune magazines, 1956.

    3) “What the hell is it good for?”
    —Robert Lloyd, engineer in the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, reacting to colleagues who insisted that the microprocessor was the wave of the future, 1968.

    4) “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”
    —Ken Olson, President of Digital Equipment Corporation, at the Convention of the World Future Society in Boston, 1977.

    5) “That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”
    —Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States, after participating in a trial telephone conversation between Washington and Philadelphia, 1876.
    (Bell successfully patented his telephone in 1876, and, a year later, offered to sell it to the Western Union Telegraphic Company for $100,000. Western Union was NOT interested.)”

    To echo Stan Lee: “‘Nuff said.”

    1. Beth Lawler says:

      “Ease up on the ‘in my image’, ok?”

  133. Marvin+Sager says:

    Time to organize for the Moment Halloween Party. Boys & Girls, you have been assigned costumes that fit your size and personality. The time & place to be determined.

    Spiderman:_______Harold Lebowitz (Because he understands the Web, and he can reach out and catch you if you try to leave this blog.)
    The Grim Reaper:___Dale Stout (If you don’t appreciate his Puns, then he will hand you your head on a platter.)
    Moses:___________Jim Gorman (This man has in-depth knowledge of the Ten Commandments and the Torah. Also, he will discuss blasphemy with you if necessary.)
    Frosty the Snowman:_Adrian Storisteanu (He lives where he needs this outfit most of the year. Also, he is capable of giving you a Frost Bite.)
    Queen Esther:_______Dinah Rokach (She is well qualified to Cook Up Jewish Zingers. If the rest of us are fortunate, she will invite us to her house to Cook Up food for thought!)
    Popeye:___________Stephen Nadler ( He can chew spinach and write comments to many cartoon caption contests at the same time.)
    Joker:____________Marvin Sager ( A real kibbitzer that makes you roll in laughter on the floor with his Annoying Punch Lines.)
    For all others who feel left out, then make a contribution to the United Jewish Appeal and state your CASE. (The bigger the contribution, then the bigger the effort we will make for you!)

    1. Adrian Storisteanu says:

      Cool! (In my case, literally.)

    2. Marvin+Sager says:


      I misspelled your name (Harold), because it is time for Halloween and I thought you would find this SPOOKY! 🙂

    3. jim gorman says:

      Marvin, jim Gorman would make a miserable Moses. He knows little of the Ten Commandments and even less about the Torah. He would, however, make a credible Shakespeare. He has no compunction about putting provocative words into the mouths of unwitting characters without personally committing to any particular sentiment.

      1. Marvin+Sager says:


        Even Moses made a miserable Moses. He smashed the Ten Commandments after his people misbehaved badly. As far as the Torah is concerned, it can be interpreted differently according to what period of time (ancient, modern, or future) you care to discuss. Besides, there are no Shakespeare costumes available. May I suggest a Solomon costume as a WISE alternative.

  134. Rich Wolf says:

    “I used to coach the Kansas City Chiefs.”

  135. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    Maybe 50 years or so from now, some people might be reading some of these ridiculous opinions that people once had and someone will get up and say, “None of the comments quoted are as ridiculous as the comments made by the long-forgotten president we once had, someone by the name of Donald John Trump. You see, we had this pandemic that he didn’t alert us to until it was too late because he didn’t want to scare us. Then when he did tell us about it he said it wasn’t serious and we didn’t have to follow any health precautions. Then he caught the virus himself and …”

    In the meantime, here are some more. Don’t worry, Donald, you’re still the best (of the worst, that is):

    1) “DeForest has said in many newspapers and over his signature that it will be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public has been persuaded to purchase stock in his company.”
    —U.S. District Attorney, prosecuting inventor Lee DeForest for fraud, 1913.

    2) “He won’t make it.”
    —Gordon Goldsberry, Scout for the Chicago Cubs, evaluating a young pitcher named Tom Seaver, 1966.

    3) “I don’t like the way he stands at the plate. He bends his front knee inward and moves his foot just before he takes a swing. That’s exactly what I do before I drive a golf ball, and knowing what happens to the golf balls I drive, I don’t believe this kid will ever hit half a singer midget’s weight in a bathing suit.”
    —Bill Cunningham, Boston sportswriter, appraising Red Sox rookie Ted Williams, 1938.

    4) “Kid, you’re too small. You ought to go out and shine shoes.”
    —Casey Stengel, Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, turning down Phil Rizzuto after a Dodger tryout, 1936.

    5) “He oouldn’t hit an inside pitch to save his neck. If he were a white man I doubt if they would even consider him as big league material.”
    —Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians pitcher, commenting on the announcement by Branch Rickey, President of the Brooklyn Dodgers, that the Dodgers had signed Jackie Robinson to a minor league contract, October 1945.

    6) “Don’t do it. I’ve seen a sandlot team clobber him. All he’ll do is take up space for two years and give the papers more ammunition to throw at you.”
    —Branch Rickey, Jr., Brooklyn Dodger official, advising his father, the team’s general manager, not to sign Sandy Koufax, 1955.

    7) “Just so-so in center field.”
    —New York Daily News, assessing the talents of the New York Giants’ “latest phenom,” Willie Mays, after his major league debut, May 26, 1951.

    P.S. This site is kept fresh by all the new faces and talents that keep appearing. Thanks to you all for really sharpening the competition.

  136. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    P. S. The above was referring to the opinions from the past that I’ve been quoting, not the comments from anyone here now, which are wonderful and greatly appreciated.

    Speaking of comments, is there anyone here who can tell me why the president and the Republican Senate have stalled on a new aid package to the American people just before the election? Each check would have been signed by the president and would have served as a bribe to vote for him. Trump has always liked to use other people’s money, it’s so out of the character for the Republicans in Washington to have turned down this opportunity. The only explanation (?) is that Mr. Trump has been brain damaged by all the medication he’s been imbibing. (The coronavirus is said to affect people in strange ways.)

    Anyway, there’ll be no more opinions from the past for us to make fun of.

    Be well and keep writing in. Thanks.

  137. Eric Simkin says:

    Life hasn’t been the same since Hogwarts closed.

  138. Carol Lasky says:

    “Want to see me part the doors?”

  139. Michael Holmes says:

    What a week, huh?

  140. Ben Weiner says:

    I miss Zoom meetings

  141. Keith Powell says:

    You didn’t think my naughty or nice lists wrote themselves did you?

  142. You didn’t think my naughty or nice lists wrote themselves, did you?

  143. Christopher Creel says:

    I see you’re going down.

  144. Eoin Mangan says:

    I thought I’d congratulate him personally. They promoted him from Detail into Management

  145. John Drew says:

    It’s a one way express.

  146. Emily Snyder says:

    And just where do you think you’re going? Up or… down?

  147. Mike says:

    Bob isn’t it? I’m afraid you pressed the up button. Your’e actually going down.

  148. Marco Buscaglia says:

    Forever? I’ll show you forever.

  149. Alan Leo says:

    ∞, please.

  150. Allen Shapiro says:

    Now that we tested it out on Earth the new Trump Circle Of Hell is ready to open.

  151. Keith Huie says:

    “I’m here to check the prophet margins.”

  152. Jay Jochnowitz says:

    I just always thought I’d be good in advertising. Why? Is there a problem with the world right now?

  153. Jay Jochnowitz says:

    The interview in a accounting was going great until I tried to explain that three is actually one, and then it was, like, we’ll call you.

  154. Paul Angiolillo says:

    “Bless you.”

  155. Richard G. Marcil says:

    “I’m coming in Sunday. They made a mess of things.”

  156. Jeff Sawyer says:

    “How ‘bout those Angels?”

  157. Tenjo Dero says:

    “I’m not Santa, but thanks for the compliment.”

  158. Tenjo Dero says:

    “If only going down a chimney was as easy as an elevator ride.”

  159. Richard G. Marcil says:

    “Usually in a pestilence, they blame the incumbent pharoah. I’m just saying.”

  160. Richard G. Marcil says:

    “Sure, they complain. But they’re ecstatic I’m on call 24/7.”

  161. Tenjo Dero says:

    “I’m not Santa–I’m your God damn maker.”

  162. Susan Park says:

    Oh God, what cologne are you wearing?

  163. Tenjo Dero says:

    “If the elevator gets jammed between floors, I’m going to eat you.”

  164. Tenjo Dero says:

    “My man cave is a Sukkha.”

  165. Joseph Keyes says:

    “The Red Sea was the biggest challenge.”

  166. Mark Stahl says:

    You are made in my image. I’m just so much more.

  167. Tenjo Dero says:

    “This elevator doesn’t feel like a Sukkha.”

  168. Philip Goldstein says:

    “Infinity, please”.

  169. Jeff Cowell says:

    “Yes, the penthouse.”

  170. Gerald Lebowitz says:


    Publishers Weekly is looking for experienced freelance book reviewers in the areas of art, cooking, inspirational/spiritual writing. memoir, music, poetry, self-help and travel. During the pandemic, all reviews will be done remotely using e-galleys, and there’ll be “a modest honorarium per review.”

    I’ve seen your work, and it’s excellent. Any publication getting the chance to showcase your skills will be lucky.

    Good luck!

  171. Richard G. Marcil says:

    “I swear, sometimes they act like there’s more than one of me.”

  172. Richard G. Marcil says:

    “My son’s birthday is coming up, and I haven’t a clue what to get him.”

  173. Robert Prinsloo says:

    “Where do You get off?”

  174. Anwar Ragep says:

    “Thank me it’s Friday!”

  175. Randall Beren says:

    My God, you’re tall.

  176. Kenny Moore says:

    Let there be eyebrow trimmers.

  177. Marvin+Sager says:

    My God, don’t look at me, but someone allowed all these bugs on the elevator. “LET US SPRAY!”

  178. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “I’m the original Father of Social Distancing. Even Moses wasn’t allowed to see my face.”

  179. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “When I prayed to you for a lift, I was actually thinking more spiritual than physical, to be honest.”

  180. Barry Kushner says:

    And then I said, “Behold, let there be Muzak.” And, with the possible exception of Enya, it was good.

  181. Adrian Storisteanu says:

    “My Me, what an uplifting experience.”

    1. Gerald Lebowitz says:

      Adrian, yours reminds me of a lyric from Mel Brooks’s “The Producers” where Hitler performs the salute, is at a momentary loss for words, and then sings “Heil Myself.” It’s funny now, perhaps not so funny then (Brooks once said that comedy = tragedy + distance).

      Best to you, as always, and to your granddaughters, wherever they may be.

      1. Adrian Storisteanu says:

        Hah, hah. Best to you too, Gerald! (Granddaughters are in school right now. (I hope.))

  182. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    Marvin, thanks for baptizing me “Harold.” Maybe I’ll try it on for size and, who knows, perhaps keep it. But not here; with a new name I wouldn’t be able to sign in.

    Meanwhile, the name reminds me of a true story:

    Harold G. Hoffman was Republican governor of New Jersey from 1935 – 1938. He was a religious man and proud of teaching his five-year-old grandson The Lord’s Prayer so that he would be able to recite it at night. But when the family paid a visit to the governor’s mansion one weekend, he eavesdropped before his grandson got into bed and was startled to hear: “Our father, who art in Trenton, Harold be thy name.”

    Out of the mouths of babes.

    1. Marvin+Sager says:


      “Hark The Harold Angels Sing.” I was waiting for you to use this phrase.

  183. Gerald Lebowitz says:

    “The other day this elevator stalled and someone yelled ‘God damn it!’ and I told them not to put words in my mouth.”

  184. Michael Lomazow says:

    “Have you ever suffered from motion sickness?”

  185. Marvin+Sager says:

    I told my mother-in-law that there is no mistake, the best thing in my life was to find God. She said, “Make no mistake, the worst thing in my life was for you to marry my daughter.” Oy vey, what a family I have!

  186. Michael Lomazow says:

    “Tenth floor Heaven,thirteenth floor Hell and the rest for re-education for all those Trump voters.”

  187. Marvin+Sager says:

    I told my kosher butcher Harold that I wanted to have a party for God, but I wasn’t certain who to invite or what food to serve. He suggested, “Invite all your friends who are psychiatrists and serve up plenty of BALONEY!”

    Dedicated to Gerald Lebowitz who appreciates a “lot of baloney” with a HAROLDing experience!

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