Open Questions

Cartooning On The Radio: You Too Can Join Our Strange Enterprise

He knows it's a confounding oxymoron, but Mo Willems is trying to become a radio cartoonist.

He's tried it before.

And legendary New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia tried it way before, when he read comics on WNYC during a 1940s newspaper strike.

This being the 21st century and all, we're giving you the chance to out-caption the six-time Emmy winner. Below are a couple of caption-less cartoons just begging for, well, captions; leave your suggestions in the comments section, and we might use your submissions for future on-air pieces.

— Eyder Peralta

Cartoon #1



Mo Willems Cartoon 1


Your Caption Here

One more cartoon after the jump...


Cartoon #2


Mo Willems Cartoon 3

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Cartoon #1
"The Neighs Have It"

Cartoon #2
"AND WITH THE CAT IN THE ROOM???"

Sent by Etan Bednarsh | 4:55 PM | 9-4-2008

There's nothing more shocking than clown butt.

Sent by Theresa E. Berger | 5:02 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon#1 ...and me without a carrot on a stick!

Cartoon#2
I thought we agreed that the cat would learn to go to sleep on his own!?!

Sent by Craig M Spencer | 5:03 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon 1:
"Thank you everyone for coming to tonight's saddle fitting focus group."

Cartoon 2:
"Shirley, you jest!"

Sent by JC | 5:07 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #2

Shirley? You jest?

Sent by Jon H, Hamden,CT | 5:07 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #2:
"Shirley, you jest!"

Sent by Ed Paquin | 5:09 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon 2:

"Poor Yorick: Alas, he never noticed the intensity of his wife's career envy until it was way too late."

Sent by Trey at NPR | 5:11 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1: "All in favor of having carrots for breakfast say aye, all against it, say neigh."

Cartoon #2: "So this is what you meant when you said you entertained people...for some reason I always thought you meant you worked at a brothel."

Sent by DJ | 5:20 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1
"I'll just begin with a reminder that horse costumes are mandatory during staff meetings."

Cartoon #2
"Didn't I tell you there is no dress code at Jack-in-the-Box?"

Sent by Craig Bargher | 5:24 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon 1: So...majority rules and hay will be replacing carrots in the vending machines.

Cartoon 2: Honey, I know we agreed to bring more levity into our marriage but...

Sent by Linda Chung | 5:24 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1:
"Well, I won't name names, but it appears that not everyone here is happy with the decision to change the bonus pay from carrots to alfafa."

Cartoon #2:
Arriving home from work early, Dave was shocked to find his wife "cross-Jesting."

Sent by Brad DeBruler | 5:30 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1
That should read 'heirs'.
Cartoon #2
Jester thong at twilight!

Sent by John Martin | 5:33 PM | 9-4-2008

There sure are enough asses in this meeting.

Sent by Charles W | 5:49 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1 This memo says there is no such thing as a luckey hoof. Any suggestions?
Cartoon #2 I suppose you know this puts and end to my political asperations.

Sent by Dale Lang Sarasota Fl | 5:49 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1:

"All right, who put carrots in the budget?"

Cartoon #2:

"What are you doing?! Those shoes don't match!"

Sent by MSF | 6:03 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1
I need a market forecast - has anyone picked up any signals?

Cartoon #2
Sorry to barge in yet again, but this time I'm sure the phone's ringing.

Good grief - why are you wearing my wig?

Sent by Richard Dvark, Ann Arbor | 6:05 PM | 9-4-2008

PUT...it back ON.

Sent by john | 6:57 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1
Settle down people! Hare Hare!

Sent by Charles Davis | 7:01 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon 1: And now, I'll present on why nunnies make better janitors...

Cartoon 2:This isn't funny business

Sent by Erik DeFries | 7:05 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon # 1: Looks like we made the Rose Parade Finals by a hare."
Cartoon # 2: Is this what you wear when clowning around town with the girls? Where's your sense of style?

Sent by PJ | 7:10 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1
OK, the motion carries. The company health plan will cover up to two kids.
Cartoon #2
Shirley, it's a figure of speech, you don't have to dress the part!

Sent by Jim Thomas | 7:12 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1
To begin this meeting, i would like to say that sprinkling fox pee on one's shirt will not keep Miss Rabbit from giving you a performance review.

Cartoon #2
Awww, honey!...It's my night to wear the clown suit!

Sent by Christian Vickland | 7:20 PM | 9-4-2008

caption#1 "I'm sure the rabbit get-up is uncomfortable Horace,but it's just so cute."

caption#2 "You're not dressed yet?"

Sent by D.B.Brown, Milledgeville, GA. | 7:24 PM | 9-4-2008

caption #1: It was clear that Bucky was a hare out of place at the board meeting.

Sent by Dana Robb | 8:13 PM | 9-4-2008

#1

Democracy at work: "Well, that seems to decide it, then. The health plan will be for ungulates only, and all toilet roll dispensers will be 108 cm from the floor. Tuesday fortnight OK for the next accommodations committee meeting?"

#2

"No! This wasn't the kind of 'fooling around' I had in mind, Cynthia!

Sent by Nick | 8:15 PM | 9-4-2008

I'm sorry Hoppy, but mares are in these days and hares just aren't...

Sent by Anon | 8:28 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1: "On a different note, we are very close to finding out who has been putting espresso in the decaf machine."

Cartoon #2: "Oh, but honey, I told my mother you're a Republican."

Sent by Becky DeWaters | 8:58 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon 1: It looks like someone is having a mad hare day.

Cartoon 2: Honey, I thought you went back to school to study cloning!

Sent by M.E. Dore | 9:01 PM | 9-4-2008

1. Yes, I know the Republicans have a beauty queen. On such short notice, I think we were lucky to even get a bunny.

2. Sarah! Giuliani as a rodeo clown was one thing, but...

Sent by B.R. Milton | 9:04 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1: "So its a vote then, the cafeteria will contain more oats and hay and less lettuce and carrots. Democracy in action people!"
Cartoon #2: Who was it this time, the one-eyed jack?! My mother told me not to marry a "wild card"!

Sent by Brendan Rhames | 9:13 PM | 9-4-2008

For the pirate cartoon:

He's got seeing-eye parrots. What do you suggest for the legs?

Sent by Larry Bush | 9:26 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1 "I have called this board meeting to discuss the lucky key chain division"

Cartoon #2 "Honey, I can't believe it...A female Governor from Alaska".

Sent by Casey Newman | 10:10 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1

Yet another bad hare day at the board meeting.

Sent by Jon H, Hamden,CT | 10:13 PM | 9-4-2008

#1. All in favor of the motion, please vote by showing two hoofs; opposers one hoof. I see we have three asbstainers. The motion is approved.
#2. Rita, where did you put my "King Arthur Suit"??!!

Sent by James Lovett | 10:25 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1: It looks like the neighs have it. Anyone who doesn't like it can hop on out of here.

Cartoon #2: Damn it! I knew you were fooling around behind my back!

Sent by Kathy B. | 10:26 PM | 9-4-2008

cartoon #1
They can't do that-that's "hare"assment!

cartoon #2
"Well, I certainly hope that joker's wild!"

Sent by JJF | 10:49 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon#1: I have to tell you that I really am an ass man.

Cartoon#2: I TOLD YOU TO NOT LET THE CAT SLEEP ON THE BED!

Sent by Troy Kase | 11:03 PM | 9-4-2008

Cartoon #1
Oh damn. i thought this was the RNC round table.

Sent by Emily Skvarla | 11:20 PM | 9-4-2008

#1 Engstrom, this is your idea - run with it.

#2 Alas, poor Yorick...

Sent by R. Spinner | 11:46 PM | 9-4-2008

1. Mr. Rabbit, may I remind you how fortunate you are that we are not greyhounds... Now may we get on with the meeting?
2. Just go like that. You look fine, and we're an hour late as it is.

Sent by Mr. C | 12:04 AM | 9-5-2008

1. My proposal may be infantile Rab, but at least I don't need a stack of books to use the men's urinal. Who's with me fellas?

2. Honey have you seen my...OH HO. Well THIS explains the Smart Car!

Sent by M. Egerdie | 12:22 AM | 9-5-2008

#1 - listen Mr. Hoppy, you are only here for luck, and specifically your feet, the rest of you is not needed.

#2 i had better not see twenty pairs of footprints in the backseat of the car again

Sent by harry | 1:56 AM | 9-5-2008

#1 Well, that about wraps up the meeting. Does anyone want to lead us to the water cooler? Remember, you can't make us drink.

#2: Alright, honey, calm down. We can keep this jest between us.

Sent by Dwill | 2:12 AM | 9-5-2008

#1 our corporation has a equal work oppurtunity among all employess ,if any one opposes that please stand up !!!

# 2 you think this is the kind of work i like to do ? we are behind our mortgage payments..i ve got to do what i ve got to do

Sent by murat tastan | 3:03 AM | 9-5-2008

1. I will remind you again, there is no such thing as rabbit sense.

2. I know my Mother said you were silly the last time she came, but she will go home in an hour, I promise.

Sent by S. Douglas Collins | 6:17 AM | 9-5-2008

1. It was at this moment that Bob Realized he worked with a bunch of jackasses.
2.This is not what I ment when I said lets fool around.

Sent by Joey Freid | 8:10 AM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon#1: "Mr. Cottontail, I am sorry to say it, but you sir are an ass."
Cartoon #2:"You didn't have to say a thing, your face said it all. These pants DO make my butt look big."

Sent by Nate Barton | 8:10 AM | 9-5-2008

Caption 1: "So, in review, the carrots in the break room will be replaced with salt licks."

Caption 2: "Bill knew that Carla liked hats when they started dating, but he did not know how far she would go to wear them all."

Sent by Russell Summerville | 8:18 AM | 9-5-2008

Caption 1: "Good work everyone, we got the Anheuser-Busch contract. Phil I'm afraid I have bad news..."

Sent by Jason | 9:25 AM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1
Okay Cottontail, no more bunny business.

Sent by David | 9:31 AM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1: She is qualified to sit on the board, and we don't care if her daughter is pregnant.

Sent by Gita | 9:50 AM | 9-5-2008

( bubble above rabbit's head ):

(passed over for promotion, yet again, ...damned nepotism".

Sent by Carol A. Smolinski | 10:02 AM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1
"I'll just begin with a reminder that horse costumes are mandatory during staff meetings."

Sent by Craig Bargher | 5:24 PM ET | 09-04-2008

******** Now, THAT'S funny.

Good thing you didn't send it for the New Yorker's caption contest, Mr. Bargher. You wouldn't've stood a chance. Way too good.

Sent by D. Kelly | 10:04 AM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1: "This isn't the Playboy Mansion!"

Sent by Paul Shannon | 10:13 AM | 9-5-2008

cartoon #1
" I'm sorry, what I meant to say was, sales are down just a little bit."

Cartoon # 2
"Jest five more minutes young lady, it's a school night!"

Sent by doug van der werff | 10:30 AM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1: For the first & only time in her life, Bunny wished she WAS an ass.

Sent by Rob | 10:43 AM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1: "All opposed to the HARE (Horse and Rabbit Equality) Act, say 'neigh'..."

Sent by Katherine Duke | 11:25 AM | 9-5-2008

cartoon #2: Jeez, Martha, hurry up! We're already late for McCain's acceptance speech!!

Sent by barney | 11:26 AM | 9-5-2008

#1-Okay, it's decided; we stick with the old adage. "Quit bunnying around" sounds stupid.
#2-Hester!!! I would have never guessed!

Sent by Alan C. | 11:29 AM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #2: THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE WEARING FOR YOUR COURT APPEARANCE?"

Sent by Sue Sherman | 11:36 AM | 9-5-2008

#1:Betty, I think you need to change your hare.

#2: No,no Dorothy; I said I wanted to watch a smoker!

Sent by Bob | 11:38 AM | 9-5-2008

I know the rule is that there are no bad ideas in a brainstorming meeting, but that one was particularly hare-brained!

Sent by Rob | 11:38 AM | 9-5-2008

"Shirley, you jest!"

Sent by Dan Steinberg | 11:42 AM | 9-5-2008

#1
The boards' decision was u-neigh-imous!

#1 Alternate
The racing commission made a 7 to 1 decision to continue using rabbits as bait in dog races.

#2
Bill realized at that instant that he misunderstood Clara when she told him that she wanted to add a little color to their beige suburban life.

Sent by kolee Kellogg | 12:30 PM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1
Sorry Bill, but horseshoes are just too big for pockets.

Cartoon #2
Where in the hell is the remote?

Sent by L. C. Marshall | 12:42 PM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1: Has anyone seen Mike? I haven't seen hide nor hare of him.

Sent by Molly Ellis | 12:54 PM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1:Yes Bob. We realize you're a bunny. We are all painfully aware that you are a bunny. Unfortunately, this is a horsey meeting. It's not about bunnies, Bob. Can we move on now?

Sent by Elmo Lincolnlog | 1:22 PM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1: Once again, Steven's "hallways aren't bathrooms" proposal was overwhelmingly rejected.

Cartoon #2: Did I say stop?

Sent by Michael B | 2:02 PM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1
And this is the Arts & Cultural Commission...'Phillystines'.

Cartoon #2
You're joking...right?

Sent by Paul Pierce, Ingleside, TX | 2:02 PM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon#1: Although the money was better, Philip felt unappreciated in the world of horse racing.

Sent by Michael B. | 2:09 PM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon#1:
This years review will be based on tail lenght.
Cartoon#2:
Mother said there was something funny about you!

Sent by gerald B. | 4:33 PM | 9-5-2008

Cartoon #1: Why rabbit's feet are lucky, but horse legs are not.

Sent by Jason M. | 8:14 PM | 9-5-2008

#2
Honey, you have to start going back to your JA meetings again!

(Hey MO, we went to Newman together!)

Sent by Jolie | 10:33 PM | 9-5-2008

#1
Peter squirmed in discomfort. Didn't these guys ever take a bathroom break?

Sent by Richard Dvark, Ann Arbor, MI | 8:26 AM | 9-6-2008

# 2
Isn't it a little early for your Bush halloween costume?

Sent by Rich | 11:21 AM | 9-6-2008

Cartoon #1
Head Horse - Everbody needs to get their hay in by Tuesday.
Bunny - Hay? I'm allergic to hay!
Catoon #2
"You ARE clowning around!"

Sent by Blythe Lundberg (age 6) | 1:33 PM | 9-6-2008

#2
I said "school girl", not "fool girl!"

Sent by Jolie | 10:51 PM | 9-6-2008

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