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Winners 2019

Punniest of Show
1st Jerzy Gwiazdowski
2nd Sam Corbin
3rd Erika Ettin

1st Allison Fisher
2nd Arun Debray
Tied for 3rd Jerry Yan, Michael Maskin

Sam Corbin

Emcees & 2019 Winners Punniest of Show
Emcees: Aaron Fasel & Gary Hallock. Winners: 3rd Erika Ettin, 2nd Sam Corbin, 1st Jerzy Gwiazdowski. Photo: Clay Leben
PunSlingers Winners: 3rd Jerry Yan, mmMVP Sam Corbin, 2nd Arun Debray, 1st Allison Fisher, 3rd Michael Maskin (Photo: Clay Leben)

Watch the live stream YouTube recording HERE


Punniest of Show Results

PunSlingers Rounds

Get In On The Auction!

silent auction table

Come for the puns, get in on the Auction!
Thank You Donors!

Hilton Austin, Kona Ice, Esther’s Follies. Onion Creek Club, Harvey Penick Golf Campus, Grey Rock Golf Club, Cherrywood Coffee House, Eddie V’s, P F Chang, Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy, Above and Beyond Aviation, Riverbats Café, Rebecca Arellano, Gone for Good, Westbank Community Library, The Austin Wine Merchant. Don Stewart, A Couple Puns,, Mmmpanadas, Gilbert and Sullivan – Austin, Galactic Sneeze, Roppolo’s Pizza, Feats of Clay, Generation Serve, Penfold Theatre Co, Fantastic Magic Camp, PUNY video souvenirs

Pun-Off Moves Indoors – Rain Location

After studying the high probability of rain forecast for this Friday and Saturday, the museum staff has decided to move the 42nd O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships inside. 

  1. The Pun-Off will continue on Saturday starting at 11 AM at the Hilton Austin on the 6th floor in a room that will hold about 200 people. The Hilton Austin is across Neches Street next to Brush Square. Map
  2. The P.U.N.Y. Dinner Friday evening will now be at the Central Presbyterian Church at the corner of 8th & Brazos, directly across from the Omni Hotel. Map The meal will  be served at 7 p.m. in the Smoot Fellowship Hall for contestants and family and Pun-Off enthusiasts who are all invited to meet Punster of the Year (P.O.T.Y.) Scott Hilburn, author of the syndicated comics The Argyle Sweater.

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 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.

Pun-Off 2020 Gets the Noose!

Gets the Noose & Gags

We are moving from May 9th to Saturday, October 17, 2020. Now you have more time to catch the 43rd Annual O.Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships in Austin, Texas!

The O Henry Museum and our dedicated punsters will continue to monitor the COVID-19 safety guidelines as they evolve and will make decisions about O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships programming as the situation changes. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you can join us on the new date October 17, 2020.

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