With over 700 punchlines sent in, check out the WINNER and finalists in Walt Handelsman’s latest Cartoon Caption Contest! | Walt Handelsman

Nutria Dental Visit

We received 722 entries in this week’s Cartoon Caption Contest! These were clever, wacky, strange, off-the-wall, and laugh-out-loud funny. Just the way we like them. We think you’ll agree. Great job, everyone!!

As always, when we have duplicate entries, and we always do, we pick the earliest sent in.

Here are your winner and finalists.


Stuart Clark, Lafayette: (Punchline lettered into word balloon)


John F. Shreves, New Orleans: “I told you that this dental office is too close to the levee.”

Marcia Garcia, Gretna: “That’s why I stopped eating orange snowballs!”

Charmaine Kathmann, Kenner: “His teeth are so bad that the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t take them.”

Eileen Turowski Taylor, Walker: “Psst… make sure you don’t use his orthodontist or teeth whitener.”

Michael Pellera, Harahan: “Is he be-FUR me or be-FUR you?”

Andie Blouin, Baton Rouge: “If only he’d eat some toothpaste instead of my backyard.”

Jonathan Shaw, New Orleans: “I think someone likes candy corn a little too much.”

Jim Crigler, Baton Rouge: “Orange is the new white!”

Richard Bienvenu, New Orleans: “He’s had cavities ever since he moved from the marsh to the sugar cane field.”

Dennie Williams, Alexandria: “Wait until he has to chew through all the paperwork he will have to fill out.”

Suzanne Lorio, Metairie: “I hope I get called in before him. It’s going to take forever to clean those teeth.”

John Taranto, Madisonville: “They must be running that ‘Teeth Whitening Special’ again.”

Mary Perrault Williams, Baton Rouge: “I bet the teacher believes him when he says he ate his homework assignment.”

Adam Darragh, New Orleans: “And mom says I eat too many Cheetos.”

Tim Howat, Lafayette: “The doctor said he’d get less cavities if he switched from sugar to nutria-sweet.”

Nancy Ellis, New Orleans: “Hey, isn’t this guy a little long in the tooth to be at a kid’s dentist?”

Sam Johnson, Zachary: “I can’t imagine the price of those veneers…”

Mark B. Hebert, Baton Rouge: “Just think he only eats vegetables, and he still has to go to the dentist!”

David Weber, Kenner: “I’ll bet the tooth fairy pays big bucks for those chompers!”

Spencer Howat (Age 14), Lafayette: “They’re gonna need a bigger floss!”

Mary H. Thompson, Greensboro, GA: “Watch out! He just ate all the waiting room magazines.”

Ann Letulle, Abita Springs: “That’s what happens when you eat Cheetos and forget to brush.”

Sally Schnadelbach, Lacombe: “Teeth whitening for nutria! It’s a million-dollar business opportunity.”

Ashton Phelps, Jr., New Orleans: “I’m going to rat him out for not flossing twice a day!”

Jeff Hartzheim, Fuquay-Varina, NC: “He needs a root canal from eating too many canal roots.”

Jeanne deMontluzin, Kenner: “And I thought my overbite was bad!”

Ralph Stephens, Baton Rouge: “See what happens when you don’t wear your retainer!!”

Jay Dardenne, Baton Rouge: “They’ll probably take him first since he’s only got two teeth.”

Meg Ellis, New Orleans: “I hope they have ro-dental insurance.”

Shirley Hutson, Kenner: “Look at those big teeth! I wouldn’t want to be the one who puts my hand in that mouth!”

Lynn Bourgeois, Baton Rouge: “Either he’s in the wrong office or we are.”

Bob Ussery, New Orleans: “He’s a ‘gnaw-it-all’.”

David Delgado, New Orleans: “He’s just happy to be in an air-conditioned environment.”

Mariano Hinojosa, Baton Rouge: “This dentist has a soft spot for animals. He once treated Mike the Tiger for a toothache.”

Lawanna Lavigne, Denham Springs: “His mom needs to back off the carrots!”

Joe Alford, Baton Rouge: “His cousin ‘Bucky Beaver’ used to do toothpaste commercials on television!!”

Robert Kohn, River Ridge: “He’s not indigenous to the dental office.”

Dave Walker, Baton Rouge: “Maybe effects of recession as Doc has expanded his patient base!”

Joseph Guidry, Lafayette: “I wonder if he has ever bitten off more than he could chew before.”

Lee Lacewell, Heber Springs, AR: “He keeps humming, all I want for Christmas.”

Well played, folks!



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