For a new cartoon, I usually come up with the caption and a rough sketch at the same time. In this case, I had the idea for the drawing first and felt confident that a good caption would follow. Maybe overconfident would be more accurate - it was a struggle!
Many publications today have long lists of contributors. (See my pervious post about author lists.) I figured clowns are used to the idea of packing lots of individuals into a small vehicle (literally or figuratively).
Scroll down to see alternative captions. I got help from Paul Nesja, one of the hosts of The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Content Podcast (and iTunes or Spotify). This is a great podcast for anyone interested in New Yorker cartoons and humor writing in general. Thank you, Paul!
(Please note the complete absence of ‘clone’ puns. You’re welcome.)