Roger Ebert’s Caption a Finalist for New Yorker Cartoon Competition

Film critic tweets he’s been submitting jokes for years

Last Updated: April 11, 2011 @ 12:19 PM

Roger Ebert has had more than his fair share of career high points — a Pulitzer Prize, a host of best-selling books, and a rabid Twitter following. 

He may soon add another pearl to his resume: New Yorker contributor. 

The film critic announced via Twitter on Monday that he is one of three finalists in the April 4th contest. 

"I've been entering since the contest started!," Ebert wrote TheWrap.

Indeed, he's been such a dedicated contestant that he even blogged about his caption writing, expressing his frustration about being consistently passed over. 

"It's not that I think my cartoon captions are better than anyone else's, although some weeks, understandably, I do. It's that just once I want to see one of my damn captions in the magazine that publishes the best cartoons in the world. Is that too much to ask? Maybe I'm too oblique for them. The New Yorker's judges seem to live inside the box, and too many of their finalists are obvious–even no-brainers, you could say," Ebert wrote.

The Tom Cheney drawing that Ebert submitted his caption for shows two travelers in a desert and a sign with a big letter F. 

Ebert's caption reads: "I'm not going to say the word I'm thinking of."

According to the magazine's site the winner will appear online Monday, April 25th, and in the May 2nd issue of The New Yorker. It first kicked off the competition in April 2005. 

Here's the cartoon:


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