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Posted at 1:17 PM ET, 02/23/2011

THE POST's CUPID CAPTION CONTEST: And the winning reader is...

By Michael Cavna

cupidwinner.jpg (Cartoon by Nick Galifianakis for Comic Riffs contest)

Comic Riffs invited readers last week to enter our first Nick Galifianakis Reader Caption Contest, and as befitting the Cupid theme, many of you showed a passionate flair for the comedic, cute or -- often -- pointedly off-color.

Social-media jokes! Celebrity one-liners! And distinctly Freudian guffaws (sometimes a caption is just a caption). 'Riffs received more than 270 entries from clever folks whose wit and whimsy ranged from the sociological to the scatological. Enough of the entries were so inspired, in fact, that our contest judge decided to cite a handful of reader captions for acknowledgment, praise and -- where necessary -- perhaps clinical study.

Our esteemed judge was Mr. Galifianakis himself -- aka "the relationship cartoonist" for Carolyn Hax's syndicated column and the author of the recent book "If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You."

"This was a blast," Galifianakis say of reading the entries. "Almost 300 responses with some terrific submissions. There are some very clever cartoonists out there."

"Though there were several 'inappropriate' -- is there such a thing? -- captions," Galifianakis continues, "one contributor stepped up to the plate with such a laugh-out-loud, hilariously clever submission that I have to at least acknowledge its existence, even if I can't publish it. Indeed, I may have gone with it but it fell short in one department: This is a family publication. Still, clap clap clap..."

Here are Nick's picks, as well as the Comic Riffs contest's Big Winner, who will receive a signed print of the Cupid cartoon, complete with the lettered winning caption. So with further ado:

("A quality I don't look for except that Cupid begs for it," Nick notes.)

", what's yours?"

-- posted by: free11

Judge's comment: "Very clever and even sweet. Hallmark-y."


"There's really no secret formula, I just aim for the one that most reminds me of his mother."

"...and that's when I sneezed and hit the 52 inch flat screen instead of the girl. He seems happy though."

"It takes 3. One cupid to screw in the lightbulb and 2 to talk the guy into committing to turn the light on."

-- all three posted by: i801711

Judge's comment: "Very impressive in that all were in the running for the prize. Also brought fresh takes to cliched themes: Oedipus/Freud, guy and his TV and the commitment-phobe."


"Yea, I have missed and hit the wrong person before ... Remember Lyle Lovett?"

-- posted by: rc95959

Judge's comment: "Very funny. But juuuust off, because look around you: Cupid mis-hits much more frequently than not. Still, made me laugh."


"How much longer should we continue to torture people by only shooting the heart of one person in relationships?"

-- posted by: bikilathewarrior

Judge's comment: "A great concept, but I wanted to tweak it so it flowed and fit the cartoon. Maybe something like: 'Last time I went on a bender, I kept shooting the heart of only one person per couple. It was epic.' "


"The brunette thinks I'm that kid from the E*TRADE Commercials."

-- posted by: iwasserman

Judge's comments: "It's the winner ... even though, as referee and editor, I chose to exercise my right to tweak by cutting off the first part. I still would have selected it for meeting all requirements, though. I normally skew toward timeless, but the contemporary reference made me laugh.

"This is it in its entirety: "Yeah, I just shot these two up outside. The brunette thinks I'm that kid from the E*TRADE Commercials."

Congratulations to the winner and all the category honorees, and thanks to all who entered.

By Michael Cavna  | February 23, 2011; 1:17 PM ET
Categories:  The Caption Contest  | Tags:  Carolyn Hax, Cupid Caption Contest, Nick Galifianakis  
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Can you post the inappropriate captions here in the comments? Especially the "laugh-out-loud, hilariously clever submission" that was unpublishable? Please?

Posted by: GreatStoneFace | February 23, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I vote for the one with the switched letters c and clever/funny. I don't know if that's the one, but my friends & I roared.

Posted by: free11 | February 23, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

"I vote for the one with the switched letters c and clever/funny. I don't know if that's the one, but my friends & I roared."

Yes, that was it. Although it's not kid-friendly, I would think kids wouldn't get it, anyway.

And the Lyle Lovett was only funny because I STILL don't know what that attractive, talented artist ever saw in Julia Roberts.

Posted by: saymyname | February 25, 2011 11:41 PM | Report abuse

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