While this week's image, shown above, looks like a typically innocuous, punchline-able set-up with a pig at a complaint department, "Seinfeld" fans will spot that it's a nod to "The Cartoon," an episode from the ninth and final season of the NBC sitcom with a storyline focused on the incomprehensibility of the jokes in the magazine's comics. The pig filing a complaint idea is Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), or at least she thinks it is (she actually unintentionally copied a "Ziggy" cartoon).
In other words, 14 years out, The New Yorker is giving readers the chance to best Elaine's caption of "I wish I was taller" -- and the competing punchlines offered by Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and Kramer (Michael Richards) below. "The Cartoon" was written by Bruce Eric Kaplan, a regular New Yorker cartoon contributor and a co-executive producer on Lena Dunham's "Girls."
Seinfeld's new venture, the web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," premieres on Crackle.com on July 19 at 9pm ET.