Countdown to May 7th Pun-Off

Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 12.59.06 AMIts time to start counting down to Saturday, May 7, 2016, the 39th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships in Austin, Texas!

what’s new this year?

Due to the growing popularity and enthusiasm to compete in The Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, the 64 contestants in 2016 will be selected with a random lottery system, allowing persons who want the chance to compete to register any time during a 48 hour period, Noon (CDT) April 1 to Noon (CDT) April 3.

Want to Enter? (2016 registration is closed)

  1. The registration web site will open at noon, Central Daylight Time on Friday, April 1st, and will remain open for 48 hours. (If you are too late, well come to watch and practice to enter next year.)
  2.  is handling the registrations, for which you will need to create a free account, which you can do now or when you register.
  3. Please double-check the accuracy of your ticket information so that we may contact you with lottery results.
  4. Eventbrite will send you an email confirmation that your entry was received. This will NOT be a confirmation that you will be in the event. That will come later.
  5. We will stop accepting registrations at noon on Sunday, April 3rd at noon, Central Daylight Time.
  6. We will run the random lottery for both the Punniest of Show and Punslingers and by April 5th we’ll send you an email stating that you are either officially in the competition or on the stand-by waiting list.
  7. Until the day of the Pun-Off, we will monitor any competitor withdrawals. We will email persons next in line on standby status that they can now enter the competition. Person will at that point have 24 hours to respond they want to compete. If they do not respond or decline, we will select the next person on the waiting list.
  8. Visit this site’s FAQ and Ask The Punmeister pages, join the Pun-Off Facebook group, and follow punoffATX on Twitter for announcements.
  9. On the day of the Pun-Off, May 7, 2016, bring your EventBrite Ticket ID and check in before 11:45 AM. We encourage everybody on the standby list to be prepared to compete because it seems we always have some shy “no shows” and need to fill several vacant slots.

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