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How to Write a New Yorker Cartoon Caption: Ellie Kemper and Daniel Radcliffe Edition

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[chimes]

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Hi, I’m Ellie Kemper.

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And I’m Dan Radcliffe.

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And we are at home.

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And today we are going to attempt to

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caption some cartoons in The New Yorker

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Cartoon Caption Contest.

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Good luck us. Good luck.

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To us and our homes.

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So first up we have this guy.

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She seems to be leaving because she’s angry

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about the goats, right?

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She doesn’t seem happy about the goats.

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Are we jumping to conclusions?

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She might just be unhappy in general.

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But…

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He has a sort of worried regretful look on his face.

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All right, I think I’m gonna write something down.

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You write something down, I’ll keep marinating over here.

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I mean the goats are eating the lamp shades, the couch.

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Dan you take it away and then if I think

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I can improve upon it I will, but I doubt that I will.

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So I said, You said, if I had to choose…

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That’s it.

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It’s my mic drop moment.

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I’m dropping the mic.

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It’s a hairbrush, I don’t have a microphone at home.

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[drums pounding]

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We have a classic, I feel like

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this is pretty classic New Yorker.

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Bar, bar scene, he’s in a straitjacket, right?

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That’s a straitjacket, right?

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Is he not escaping from prison?

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I think he is escaping.

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I think we have some Shawshank here.

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And I think he built a tunnel from jail,

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he ended up in this bar.

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The bar is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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I don’t know, do we work that into our caption, Dan?

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I’m really struggling with this one.

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What about, he’s a prisoner, he’s looking,

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he’s probably looking for work.

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An inmate walks into a bar?

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This feels like the start of a joke.

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I could use a drink?

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I’ve earned this.

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I’ve earned this.

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I’ll write it down.

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That was a real team effort–

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Do you know what I’m gonna do?

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Exclamation point.

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Sometimes it’s all about the punctuation.

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And he’s excited, he just escaped from prison

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and he’s in a bar.

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[drums pounding]

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Okay, next one?

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This is a rat in an armchair reading the news,

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while the couple discusses what to do next.

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I have one for this one, but it makes no sense.

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So I’m gonna write it down.

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They seemed very concerned at the door,

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this is an old family dispute, he’s around,

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the brother is still playing it cool.

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Oh I love that, and I feel like it has that quirk

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that we so love in The New Yorker.

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Let’s see what you’ve come up with.

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He’s your brother, just talk to him.

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[laughs]

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I don’t know why…

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I love that!

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[drums pounding]

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Next we have. Okay, next one.

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Okay, this is a grim scene.

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A man and a woman sitting on some cinder blocks

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at what appears to be the end of the world.

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But you know, at the end of the day,

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they still seem to be having some sort of domestic squabble.

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He’s the one talking.

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I mean, there’s just rubble behind them.

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Just devastation.

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And yet, he is still seems to be bothering her in some way.

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I’m writing it.

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Okay.

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It’s not my fault.

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I feel like whatever it is it’s still petty, isn’t it.

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You can tell. Oh yeah.

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So I think something like that’s great.

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Listen, the woman should not be the one

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doing the ironing, but she was in this case.

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It’s not my fault you left the iron on.

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Exclamation point?

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It’s already… [laughs]

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It’s already exclamatory enough.

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[drums pounding]

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Oh, hello.

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This one’s fun.

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This is risque, yes.

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So we have a kick line and one lawyer

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seems very happy and smug,

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and the other lawyer seems very unhappy,

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and the judge also seems to be having a pretty good time.

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Judge is happy, one attorney’s happy, one is mad.

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He’s bad at his job.

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This judge is not a good judge.

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He’s not a good judge.

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And I don’t know a lot about the law.

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But we know enough to spot a bad judge when we see him.

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Should we both write one down and then…

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Okay.

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Have our way with it. Yeah.

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Have our way with it is not the right thing to say here.

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Okay so it’s a kick line, okay the judge is happy.

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And the judge is the one talking.

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See, I always have to remember who’s the one talking here.

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Okay, I’m doing another exclamation point on this one.

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I did as well.

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[Ellie] Oh you did, okay.

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I just said the same thing, yes.

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Let’s see what yours is first.

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Well, your argument has no legal merit,

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but I have to say I am persuaded!

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[drums pounding]

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[claps]

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Bravo!

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Mine are along the same lines.

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I asked for exhibit A, not my dream witness!

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[drums pounding]

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Now isn’t this a sweet vignette.

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[Dan] This is really sweet, and it’s the only one

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that I’ve had an immediate thought for,

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and it’s not nearly as sweet as the thing.

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[Ellie] Okay.

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Now the trees are talking to each other here, right?

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This is the tree having–

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Oh see, this is what I missed already

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because I was about to have the humans talking.

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But you’re right, it’s the tree on our left who’s talking.

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It does seem like some sort of

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pharmaceutical commercial, right?

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Like it’s something… It does.

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Is there something we could do with that?

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Like, some gastrointestinal distress.

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Is that too base.

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The leaves are falling, so it’s autumn.

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The tree is talking, oh it’s too bad

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we’re about to lose…

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Oh it’s too bad winter is coming.

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That’s too Games of Throne-ey.

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Now you’re writing something down,

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do you have a thought?

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I feel like this is also…

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They better be quarantining together.

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[laughs]

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I like that one.

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[drums pounding]

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Okay.

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These are two family members whose lives

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have gone very different ways.

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Right, yeah.

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He’s wearing a suit, he’s changed.

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Yeah.

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He’s shaved.

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The caged lion followed his true path.

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I like the selling out.

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Some people call me a sellout, I call me…

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Not in a cage.

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Yeah. [claps]

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Um… I like that one!

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All right, yeah.

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[drums pounding]

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We did it! We did it!

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You’re welcome New Yorker.

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Yeah.

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Apologies to all the cartoonists.

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Well Dan, I thought we did a pretty good job.

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I though we did okay, yeah.

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It was fun.

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I’m glad I got to do it with you and not on my own.

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Same here, great minds think alike.

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Or at least, two times the number of minds

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come up with more captions.

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Thank you New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest for having us.

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