Category Archives: Punniest of Show

FAQ: A Question of Timing

  • Q: Regarding the Punniest of Show event, does the 90 seconds have to be based on one subject (e.g. States of America) or can it be a mix of props and miscellaneous gags?

    A: Our Punniest of Show competition really has few rules other than the time limit. Ninety seconds is the target time for your entire performance because at 120 seconds you’ll get the timekeeper’s drop dead gong and you will be disqualified. There might be a bit of wiggle room in the timing for audience reaction and mic problems, but you should rehearse your delivery to be about 90 seconds to be safe. Continue reading

Is it better to be an early or late P.O.S. contestant?

Q: It seems to me, over the years of observing the Punniest of Show that the judges are “looser” with giving out higher scores as the contest goes on. In other words, the first 10 contestants rarely get top scores compared to the last 10 or so contestants, i.e. 22 to 32. What do you think is the best slot for a contestant?

A: It is often presumed that the early scores tend to be lower but I don’t think anyone has ever really done the math to prove this. (Here’s a project where we could probably use the services of a computer whiz.) Traditionally we’ve always joked about the early contestants being somewhat sacrificial “cannon fodder” but that’s because its scary to be first up. Continue reading

Official Results – Pun-Off 2013

The 36th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships is now history in a big way!

Punniest of Show Results

Returning for his 5th year of competition, multi-year winner Benjamin Ziek of Glendale, California bounced back from an off-year to claim a very rare “two-fer” as he snagged first place honors in both Punslingers and Punniest of Show competitions. Contestant “double threats” are not unusual in the Pun-Off, but for one contestant to win both top prizes in the same year is almost unknown. Continue reading

We’re in the Paper!

Punniest of Show contestant Alexandra Petri from Washington D. C. who finished a very respectable 4th place in her first Pun-Off wrote about her experience in her Washington Post blog. We joked that she’s quite a dish, but she’s really a philosophical writer!

The judges gored her routine 36 points.