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
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- What is the Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships? Read This! and Watch This!
- Where is the Pun-Off taking place? Read This!
- What is the order of events? Read This!
- Will there be social gatherings, awards? Read This!
- Who won in 2016? Read this!
- What is a pun? Read This!
- Who are these smarty pants guys? Read This!
what’s new this year?
We’re celebrating the 40th Anniversary with a fun exhibit “Once a-Pun A Time” with photos, an interactive game, and memorabilia in the Susanna Dickinson Museum. We’re also searching for great sponsors/donors for our fundraising auction. The design for an awesome 40th anniversary souvenir t-shirt is nearing approval.
If you crave clever wordplay and puns, please join the Yahoo! subscription email group Punsters United Nearly Yearly (P.U.N.Y.)
Go to the Yahoo! Groups web site (you will need to create a free Yahoo! account first) and click the Subscribe button. You can elect to receive immediate emails or a daily digest. Once you are subscribed as a group member, you may send email messages to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, or contact the firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Noose You Can Use!
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