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2019 P.O.T.Y. Announced

The Punsters United Nearly Yearly (PUNY) announced that the 2019 Punster of the Year (POTY) is Scott Hilburn, author of the syndicated comics The Argyle Sweater.

Scott Hilburn POTY 2019

The Argyle Sweater comic appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide including the New York Daily News, The LA Times, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune.  His comic has also been a top selling desk calendar at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com for over 10 years and can be found adorning the covers of greeting cards at Target and Walmart.  And last, he also has five books from his publisher, Andrews McMeel, that feature a collection of his work – including “The Itty Bitty Knitty Committee” and “Puns of Steel”.

Scott’s been drawing since he could hold a pencil.  When he later realized he had a punchent for writing dad jokes, gags and groaners that matched well with his art style, he set out to make a career of it through newspaper syndication.  The world has been laughing (and shaking their heads) ever since.
 
Before becoming a newspaper cartoonist, Scott worked in multimedia creation for various telecom companies.  He also once worked for an underwear manufacturer but the job was brief.
It’s Scott’s first year of involvement with the O. Henry Pun-Off, but he is looking forward to many more years of being a pun in the ass.

Welcome to Pun-Off 2019

Join us on Saturday, May 11, 2019, for the 42nd Annual O.Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships in Austin, Texas!

FAQ for First Time Visitors

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