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Punster in the News

2012 Winner of the P. O. T. Y. Award Bob Dvorak was interviewed by his home town newspaper. Bet you didn’t know that he’s an engineer too.

Radio Interview too

Gary Hallock, Pun-Off emcee, and 2011 P. O. T. Y winner John Pollack, author of the book “The Pun Also Rises,” were interviewed on Hartford, CT public radio WNPR on May 30, 2012 by Colin McEnroe. The program was an hour-long celebration of puns and wordplay.  You can listen here.

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.

2012 Pun-Off (Official Results)

Austin, Texas. May 19, 2012: He may hail from Queens, New York, but Jerzy Gwiazdowski will rain for the next year as new Punniest of Show World Champion. Although he was a total newbie to our contest, Jerzy did arrive with some experience at competitive punning, having recently claimed a 2nd place honors in a PUNderdome competition in Brooklyn, New York.

For his 90-second PUNtastic presentation, Gwiazdowski scored a rare 40 out of a possible 40 points from our six-judge panel for 1st place. That left our 2011 Punniest of Show champ, Gracie “I Barely Know Her” Deegan of Austin, Texas with 2nd place and Benjamin Ziek of Glendale, California, (2011, 2010 PunSlingers champion) to receive a not-so-shabby 3rd place medal to show he’s still hardware it counts.

2012 Punniest of Show Winners

Jerzy Gwiazdowski , Gracie Deegan, Benjamin Ziek. Photo: Clay Leben

In the pun quick-draw shootout PunSlingers contest, 1st place was handily won by shooting star, Dav Wallace (2010 2nd place winner)  of Round Rock, Texas. Our two-year defending champ, Benjamin “Game Show Freak” Ziek, was punched out in the final round for 2nd place. The multi-medaled Andy Balinsky of Austin, Texas tied for 3rd place with another Austinite, 2009 PunSlingers and 2011 mmMVP winner Matt Pollock.

The 2012 mmMVP trophy was awarded by a vote of his fellow Pun-Off contestants to the newly crowned Punniest of Show champ Jerzy Gwiazdowski for his clever puns and significant skills in winning smiles.

URL welcome. Coordinator Gary “PunMeister” Hallock

Punslingers Winners 2012

Dav Wallace, Benjamin Ziek, Andy Balinsky, Matt Pollack. Photo: Clay Leben

Well Done Medium

Live Video (Maybe)

We are hoping to did live stream some of the Pun-Off on its own page. If the picture freezes or we exceed 50 viewers, refresh and try again. I apologize in advance if it doesn’t work. Please tweet with the hashtag #punoff2012.

Pun-Off makes fortune

The May 2012 Fortune Magazine has a feature story on the 2011 Pun-Off with a sketch of Punster of the Year John Pollack.

http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/tag/o-henry-pun-off-world-championships/

Yummy Food At The Pun-Off

Peached TortillaPeached Tortilla (http://thepeachedtortilla.com/) will be our exclusive food trailer at the Pun-off on May 19. Eric, the owner, has generously offered to make a contribution from his sales to the Friends of the O. Henry and Dickinson Museums. We are so looking forward to Eric’s  tongue foo Asian eclectic cooking!

“Flavors know no boundaries at the peached tortilla.  There are no rules.  We start and stop with putting out innovative, great tasting food for the masses.  It’s time to join the flavor revolution and unzip your taste buds.  Austin, allow yourself to get peached.” Continue reading