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Punster Panel Passes on the Past

tongue tied punsterAt 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

2017 POTY Winners: The Pun Gents

What is the POTY Award?

The Punster of the Year Award (POTY) was an annual award and dinner hosted for eons by the International Save the Pun Foundation chaired by Norm Gilbert, but more recently in Austin, Texas at the O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships and by Punsters United Nearly Yearly (PUNY.) Everyone is invited to the award ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017, 7 pm, in Brush Square outside behind the O. Henry Museum. If you’re hungry, we’ll kick off the evening two block away at 6 pm with a fajita buffet at Micheladas Cafe y Cantina. (Map)
 

This Year’s Wurst Wieners

Rhain Louis and Pat Tanzola, aka The Pun Gents are two pun guys from Toronto, Canada who have fouled some of the finest shrooms with their relentless schtink. They have been dishing up fresh and original homonymic crimes at www.pungents.com since 2004, posting original puns each day for more than a baker’s dozen years. No wonder they’re up here, rolling in the d’oh!  Pat and Rhain are two higher education dropouts who decided that 4 university degrees between them was enough – and so they both quit school to write puns. Clearly they have been pun-ished enough. Pungents.com was initially intended as a get-rich-quick scheme. Millions of page loads later, the Gents keep it running in their spare time even though they have learned that punning isn’t all about income, it’s about the outcome.

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Way Back Video From 2011

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

Once A-Pun A Time Exhibit

new hysterical marker

New hysterical marker for 40th anniversary.

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

Pun-Off 2015 Results

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.

Winners: Ben Ziek, Southpaw Jones, and Gy Odem

POS Winners: Ben Ziek, Southpaw Jones, and Gy Odem. Emcees: Guy Ben-Moshe and Gary Hallock.

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