The call came sometime around twilight Sunday while I was unloading canned goods and lunch meat from the trunk of my car. It was Mrs. alinla She was over at her mom's house doing laundry and watching the Emmys. There was excitement in her voice. "Are you watching this?" she queried with a gleeful lilt. "Watching what?" I countered trying to stay polite while juggling groceries. "Radosh just won an Emmy! He's on stage right now with Jon accepting it!" After a pause to digest I said "That's nice." And I really meant it.
Jon of course is Jon Stewart and Radosh is Daniel Radosh, the founder of the Anti-Caption contest who went on to join the award-winning writing staff of The Daily Show. When he landed the gig he
We knew Daniel when he was just another nebbish writer with a receding hairline and pocket full of dreams. While it is true that even the most devoted fans of The Daily Show still don't know who the hell he is, I believe most Anti-Cappers will sigh wistfully upon hearing Radosh took home an Emmy. We watched lttle Dan-Dan grow up. He's our boy, even though he never calls or writes.
FIRST PLACE“I know we’re in a crisis, but where there’s a Wilbury, there’s a way.”--Dex. (JUDGE'S COMMENT: This is not even close to being the best cap but it is a personal favorite. The man with the notes swirling around his head does look like Roy Orbison aka Lefty Wilbury and there is a nice little pun so I give you this week's winner.)
SECOND PLACE"I'm just asking you to fucking marry me. You don't have to be a cunt about it." --Anonymous (JUDGE'S COMMENT: This works because it mocks control freak rich guys who believe romantic gestures can be used to acquire goods and services. If he hires a sliky-voiced crooner and asks for her hand in front of their co-workers, she'll agree if for no other reason than to avoid an awkward moment. This also marks the first ever appearance of the c-word in the winner's circle )
THIRD PLACE"I didn't have the jingle yet so I panicked; and, like a godsend, this guy was right outside with a cup . . . I'll go clean out my desk."--Sarah Nade (JUDGE'S COMMENT: People in a jam will do most anything to get out of it. That's what this tells us.)
"Ask him to sing tenor. Tenor twelve miles away." --cta (JUDGE'S COMMENT: When I played the glockenspiel in band class the teacher asked if I knew how to play "Far Far Away." Everyone laughed. This reminded me of that.)
"Shut him up, Bob. Anybody can outsing you."--Anonymous (JUDGE'S COMMENT: I'll give this props because it is inspired by a classic, but it better not be Dylan you're dissing.)
"Christ, what an alto." --Dex (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Another pun-splashed classic.)
Falsetto, you crazy bastard! How are you?--Jim Cavanaugh (JUDGE'S COMMENT:Jim you once again reach far yet grasp little. Why would he be saying that to the woman? I'll give props for the classic, though.)
"The 'No Stairway' sign was working, so why the hell did you yell out 'Free Bird'?" Glenn (JUDGE'S COMMENT: This is needlessly confusing. Led Zep is to Skynard and what masterpiece is to mush. Nuff said.)
"I can't wait 'til he goes back to the clip-on parrot." --LR (JUDGE'S COMMENT: This also gets charity props. )
"Not only does Mr. Dd like to copy Dylan's licks but seems he's not even creative in his cartoon drawings either."#232 & #246 --Anonymous (JUDGE'S COMMENT: This points out that the cartoonist is a
"Me? Well, I like to hit a few balls in a batting cage and then go ice skating at Sky Rink. And you?" --Kathy H (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Not really sure what point K.H. is angling for but it confirms that she is following, so at least there's that. )