Recaptioning New Yorker cartoons with "Christ, what an asshole!"


34 Responses to “Recaptioning New Yorker cartoons with "Christ, what an asshole!"”

  1. snakedart says:

    My only objection is that Gahan Wilson’s particularly macabre brand of humor needs no accentuation.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I suggest my favourite:

    “You obviously haven’t traveled much.” works for any situation!

  3. skubie32 says:

    mundens #4 … its not that they are calling christ a asshole just sounds like they are calling him an asshole …. kinda like, christ , your a dumbass …. wich is funny .. because christ isnt the dumbass you are … does it click now …. i love the comedy of the new yorker

  4. grikdog says:

    My favorite? “What have you done with Dr. Asshole?”

  5. kip w says:

    I thought of two more, and can still remember one:
    “I was not always as you see me now.”

  6. kip w says:

    Dean Booth provides a valuable service by mirroring the NYCC and letting readers submit their captions. Not only do we get to see every submission (and not just the three that the New Yorker finds worthy), but one of Dean’s commenters just won the actual NYCC. If I recall correctly, they wouldn’t have entered but for the encouragement they got there.

    Dean tags his caption contests, so it’s possible to go back and read the last few. I’m in there (and at the Comics Curmudgeon) as “Muffaroo.” Actually, I’m “[Old Man] Muffaroo” at the CC now, because some misguided souls there think Muffaroo is a chick’s name, sadly ignorant of the name’s honored history.

  7. edgeplot says:

    Christ, that finally makes those cartoons funny!

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Can I go now?” also seems to work.

  9. madeofmeat says:

    This also works with nearly every Garfield cartoon. Ignore all dialogue and thought bubbles. In the last frame, someone or something is saying, “Christ, what an asshole.”

    • Artimus Mangilord says:

      It’s called ‘retooning’. Grab the funny pages, hit them with the pencil eraser and then rewrite the caption. Highly amusing.

      Re: Garfield – this is also amusing.

      “Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.”

      • surreality says:

        I’ve seen that. I can’t read those, because I don’t find them funny – they actually depress me…

  10. mundens says:

    Why is it funny that all these people think Christ is an asshole?

  11. AllisonWunderland says:

    Christ! What a bunch of assholes!

  12. phelps says:

    Another good punch line that works with some of the contest items is “Now where’s that Eskimo woman I gotta wrestle?” (you can google that phrase to find the original joke)

  13. Teresa Nielsen Hayden says:

    A genuinely useful thread! Here’s the list so far:

    Anon @2: “Can I go now?”
    phelps @5: “Now where’s that Eskimo woman I gotta wrestle?”
    Anon @6: “Marmaduke!”
    Anon @11: “Save it for your blog.”
    Eric Knisley @13: “Honey, you shouldn’t have.”
    princeminski @14: “Death begins in the colon.”
    Anon @16: “You obviously haven’t traveled much.”
    grikdog @19 “What have you done with Dr. Asshole?”
    cleek @21/ShimmyCat: “It’s the only way I could get my health insurance to pay for it.”
    citykids @27: “My wife is a slut!”

  14. Anonymous says:

    A friend of mine kept submitting a simple “Marmaduke!” as the caption. Never got accepted to my knowledge, but then again I rarely look at the magazine, much less the comics.

  15. Anonymous says:

    New York is full of hasidic fellows

  16. Karnuvap says:

    Ahhh – but only in the South!

  17. cleek says:

    ShimmyCat’s been doing something like this for a while – with similar results. but he uses the tag “It’s the only way I could get my health insurance to pay for it”.

  18. danno1 says:

    You could pick out cartoons from any image licensing database (not just from the New Yorker), and this same premise would apply. Sites like offer similar cartoon humor, and that same gagline would apply….so I am not convinced this concept is anything new or unusual.

  19. Anonymous says:

    This would be a lot funnier if it was original – but this idea sprouted among readers of The Comics Curmudgeon about two years ago. Not sure which one of those very funny people came up with it, though.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I’ve got a love/hate relationship with the New Yorker. Harold Ross was a racist asshole, and I feel the writing is still very snobbish and condescending, especially to Italian Americans. Some of the reporting is first rate, and I enjoy some of the fiction, but overall I feel like I’m not the person they’re writing for.

    • Anonymous says:

      “the writing is still very snobbish and condescending, especially to Italian Americans”

      Can you give an example or two?

  21. Anonymous says:

    “Save it for your blog,” also works for most.

  22. weatherman says:

    “…without reducing its comedy value.”

    Only because they had so little in the first place.

  23. Eric Knisley says:

    I have been working on a similar idea–taking a bunch of my cartoons and recaptioning all of them with “Honey, you shouldn’t have.” Seems to work for the New Yorker pieces too.

  24. princeminski says:

    Try captioning them all with “Death begins in the colon.” Then Google “Mark Newgarden.”

  25. rpmcestmoi says:

    Besides being anti-Italian and not being funny, and besides the fact that some of the sensitive Italians in my peripheral vision are given to reading magazines not written fr them, I love the NYer, loved it more when Mr. Shawn ran it, and wish to hell that Peter DeVries was here to vett the cartoons instead of the frigging committee currently in charge. But some of them are still pretty darned good. As to Gahan Wilson, he is the master whose cartoon of the kid sliding up the slide was the cover piece of a cartoon collection in paperback in the fifties. Sometimes I think he s cartooning from a grave next to Charles Adams’s.

  26. userw014 says:

    Taking the claim literally, I do agree. Re-captioning these “New Yorker” cartoons doesn’t reduce their value. But that’s only because it’s so difficult to generate negative humor from such bland drawings.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Nope, I still don’t get them.

  28. citykids says:

    “My wife is a slut!” will work too (thanks Kramer)

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