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At the 2015 O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships, the COMPETITION WILL BE IN TENTS. Although we initially supposed tents would serve to protect the audience from shady characters, the Austin weather forecast is now for 60% rain on Saturday. So we can actually justify the erection of this 40 x 80 foot circus tent over our stage and audience area this year. We don’t want a repeat of 2009 when we were unexpectedly “reigned” into the Hilton Hotel. Continue reading
Pump up the volume! Jest do wit!
We want to extend a big “WELCOME TO YOU” new visitors to punoff.com and punpunpun.com. Amazingly, we had a record number of 1,526 site visitors on April 1st as well as over 100 contestant registrations.
In the coming weeks, we will post important event updates and helpful tips for contestants on how to prepare for May 9th. We recommend you also join our Facebook group for news and the PUNY page to practice pun making and introduce yourself.
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Now Open for Puns
April 1, 2015.
It is now oPUN season to register for Punniest of Show and Punslingers since we activated the registration form page beginning at Noon CDT (-5 GMT, 6 PM London, 1 PM, New York, 10 AM Los Angeles.) See more at www.worldtimebuddy.com
Update (3 pm): It appears all of the 32 contestant slots were claimed very quickly as predicted! Over 100 fools rushed in! Never fear we will exam the list and quickly determine everyone’s position for each contest and contact you soon via email. Please do not contact Gary about your status (unless you are cancelling or withdrawing.) May the farce be wit yew! Continue reading
Due to circumstances beyond the pale, the 38th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships will be once again held in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Brush Square behind the O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson Museums at 409 E. 5th Street. Continue reading
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!