A weighty “you-were-there” guide to this year’s O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships by Zachary Pincus-Roth in a LA Weekly feature story “At the World Pun Championships, Victory Is Easier Said Than Punned“ is a thoughtful character profile of the 2014 Punslinger and Punniest of Show winners including local LA punmeister Ben Ziek, Washington D.C.’s Alexandra Petri, and Austinites Matt Pollock, Andy Balinsky, and Dav Wallace. Pincus-Roth paints a detailed picture of the entire two-day event, including the Friday night dinner wordplay honoring the Punster of the Year (P.O.T.Y.) Unlike most reporting about the Pun-Off, Pincus-Roth actually shares numerous puns made by the competitors so you can groan along! We rate this article a 10!
On May 10th, the 37th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships was visited by a news crew from CBS Sunday Morning. No, Charles Osgood wasn’t there, but they did send their ace interviewer, Lee Cowan ( ) who made it hap-pun as well as tireless camera crew who documented hours of the before and after happenings at this year’s Pun-Off. Continue reading
The 2014 37th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships is now history! Hopeful of defending his double 2013 titles, multi-medalist Benjamin Ziek of Glendale, California returned with a dream of claiming a second “two-fer.” Alas, it was not to be. This year there was a significant shift in the win and his dream was blown.
(L to R) 2014 Winners All: Alexandra Petri, Dav Wallace, Matt Pollock, Ben Ziek, Chad Wellington, Andy Balinsky. Photo by Gary Hallock.
In Punniest of Show (P.O.S.) judges awarded identical scores (39 out of a possible 40 points) to three consecutive contestants. Voting by applause, the tie was broken by the audience who clearly favored Alexandra Petri of Washington D.C. who punned on the name of every U.S. president in chronological order. Second place went to last year’s winner, Ben Ziek who also rated 39 points for his spirited offering. Multi-time medalist Andy Balinsky laid claim to yet another hunk of hardware taking home another bronze for his ever-growing and groaning collection. Continue reading
[May 9, 2014. Austin, Texas] Bryan Wilson, co-developer with his wife Sara Farber, of the game Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Outlandish Films, accepted the Punster of the Year Award (P.O.T.Y.) at a dinner ceremony hosted by P.U.N.Y. (Punsters United Nearly Yearly), The O. Henry and Dickinson Museums, and the Friends of the Museums. Continue reading
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