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“This explains how they got so many authors into one manuscript.”
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.)

“The grant had some unusual conditions.” - Paul Nesja
“The healing power of laughter wasn’t effective. They’ve moved on to drug discovery.”
“Their work on the rubber chicken genome is very promising.”
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