How to Write a New Yorker Cartoon Caption
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Cartoon Caption Contest | Season One | Episode 1
How to Write a New Yorker Cartoon Caption
“Broad City” ’s Abbi Jacobson and “Silicon Valley” ’s Zach Woods, now together in “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” tackle The New Yorker’s cartoon-caption contest.
Released on 09/21/2017
This is Abbi Jacobson.
And this is Zach Woods.
And we're gonna be writing captions
for New Yorker cartoons.
Do you feel feel a rising sense of panic
in your stomach moving up through your throat?
That's how I feel. Yes, I really do.
Well, should we just face to face the demon?
Yes. Okay.
So this one, okay.
[Abbi] Okay.
I think I got it.
Only in New York.
Yeah. (laughing)
Only in New York. Only in New York.
Because that city is just a topsy-turvy world
and you just don't know
what's gonna happen. You do not.
Right? (upbeat drum music)
Um, okay. Great.
Here we go.
Okay. Okay.
I maybe have it, Abbi.
What's the deal with that guy?
Because he's looking at him, he's like, Wait a second.
What's the deal with that guy, 'cause he's outrageous.
And he's covered in birds.
What's the deal with that guy?
Only in New York.
(upbeat drum music)
Now this is an interesting one.
I find this one to be extremely political.
Trump's America.
Trump's America, okay?
Is that too real for you?
Trump's Ameri-only in New York!
(upbeat drum music)
Abbi, I'm panicking.
You gotta help me. I love it.
This is great. Okay, here we go.
It's Adam and Eve. Clearly Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve. We both know.
She's made from his rib.
You see his tush.
You see his tush.
It's him talking.
What else is new?
What-- Right?
From the beginning.
From the beginning.
Always men. Mansplaining.
Do you wanna, I shouldn't write them all.
[Abbi] Piesplaining.
Where would you say Adam and Eve are right now?
In New York. York.
Da, da, da--
(upbeat drum music)
Oh my god. Whoa.
Anything we're gonna say about this is gonna make light
of a medical situation and--
We don't wanna be on one side of that.
Nice try, gotcha journalism.
We make fun of a sick guy--
And then our careers are ruined.
Yeah, nice honey trap you laid for us.
So, no.
Skip it. (upbeat drum music)
That's an adult baby and his nightlight is a torch.
I think I might--
You think you have it?
Piesplaining II.
[Abbi] Oh yeah.
Pig in the City.
Which city?
You got it.
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Only in New York. (upbeat drum music)
Okay, so he's got beer going
from his beer hat into his veins intravenously.
And this is Hillary Clinton, right?
And she's like, This weekend?
This weekend?
That's it. (laughing)
When you cap a caption like, This weekend,
it doesn't just come to you.
You have to really unpack it.
Like, This weekend? This weekend?
(upbeat drum music)
These we gotta rapid-fire--
[Abbi] Right, gut instinct.
First thought, best thought.
What do you see?
I don't see any, There's no wheels in there.
Yeah. (upbeat drum music)
I'm gonna turn this one.
[Abbi] Great.
This one's a fastball down the middle.
Owl be suing you for sexual harassment.
But owl instead of I'll.
It's a pun. Well, mine was gonna be--
What was it? Who?
Oh, look at that.
I like that.
Or Who are we talking about here?
Mm-hm, let's do it.
Who are--
We talking about here, Gym?
Talking about here, Gym?
Whoa. I'm suing you--
I meant the name Jim.
What? Is that how you spell Jim?
Yeah. The name?
Yeah. That's like gymnasium.
Yeah, that's how you spell it.
J-I-M. Short for James.
(upbeat drum music)
Okay, this one, it's about the rat race, right?
And he's on a wheel. Can't stop.
Can't stop, won't stop. Stop.
Only in New York.
(upbeat drum music)
He's doing a cannonball into
the middle of the conference table.
And she's registering it.
We've been on hold!
We've been on hold.
Gym. (upbeat drum music)
Okay. Great, Zach.
Here, what do you think?
Well, am I the only one who showed up
for the human centipede?
And he chose the back, which is telling.
If you're the only guy who shows up for human centipede and
you're sitting in the back-- Isn't it a big circle?
That's like a-- I know very little
about this movie on purpose.
(upbeat drum music)
One more, here we go.
[Abbi] Great.
Okay, so it's pirates, peg leg,
he's doing a beautiful dive off the piece,
so it's actually a very beautiful image because
he's been sentenced to death. This is like walk the plank.
But he's taking that as an opportunity
to demonstrate beauty in his final moment.
What do you think, Abbi?
What would add to this?
[Zach] Good.
(sighs) (laughing)
(upbeat drum music)
I think we've done it.
Just when you thought The New Yorker couldn't get
any more highbrow, we came in and kicked it up a notch.
We did, sparse, to the point.
Big laughs. Big laughs.
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