At its annual meeting on February 12, 2017, the Brush Square Museums Foundation board celebrated the 40th anniversary of the O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championship with a panel of pun-dits who reflected on their favorite memories. In addition, Michael Hoinski, O. Henry Museum Culture and Arts Education Coordinator, explained his challenges in choosing items and photos for the new museum exhibit “Once A-Pun A Time: Celebrating 40 Years of the Pun-Off.“ Continue reading
Author Archives: webwriter
What is the POTY Award?
This Year’s Wurst Wieners
Click on our History Menu at the top of the page to browse jeers past even though some links may be broken. However, links for the Video 2011 page were just repaired, especially the Punslingers streaming video, which needed to be uploaded to Youtube. Continue reading
In 2017 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Austin’s original wordy event with an exhibit of photos and memorabilia on display in the Susanna Dickinson Museum. Continue reading
Official Results – Gonged with the win!
The May 2015 38th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships is now history! Multi-medalist Benjamin Ziek of Glendale, California once again clawed his way to the top of the heap with another rare “two-fer” triumph in Puniest of Show and PunSlingers.
Rare for others maybe, but not for Ben, as this is his third repeat of double-win trophies, an unprecedented feat never before accomplished by any puntestant. After having blown it last year, the win shifted back in his direction in 2015 and with great gusto, he fought to the twister end. Debris was the only thing laughed on stage as the final gong sounded and his win swept the field.
In Punniest of Show, the panel of six expert judges awarded Ziek a perfect score of 40 out of a possible 40 points for his punning recollection of whiskey behavior and an alcoholic encounter that went horribly a-rye. Watch it on YouTube.