Pun-Off 2014 Results

The 2014 37th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships is now history! Hopeful of defending his double 2013 titles, multi-medalist Benjamin Ziek of Glendale, California returned with a dream of claiming a second “two-fer.” Alas, it was not to be. This year there was a significant shift in the win and his dream was blown.

Pun-Off Winners 2014

(L to R) 2014 Winners All: Alexandra Petri, Dav Wallace, Matt Pollock, Ben Ziek, Chad Wellington, Andy Balinsky. Photo by Gary Hallock.

In Punniest of Show (P.O.S.) judges awarded identical scores (39 out of a possible 40 points) to three consecutive contestants. Voting by applause, the tie was broken by the audience who clearly favored Alexandra Petri of Washington D.C. who punned on the name of every U.S. president in chronological order. Second place went to last year’s winner, Ben Ziek who also rated 39 points for his spirited offering. Multi-time medalist Andy Balinsky laid claim to yet another hunk of hardware taking home another bronze for his ever-growing and groaning collection. Continue reading

2014 Punster of the Year (P.O.T.Y.) Award Winner

[May 9, 2014. Austin, Texas] Bryan Wilson, co-developer with his wife Sara Farber, of the game Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Outlandish Films, accepted the Punster of the Year Award (P.O.T.Y.) at a dinner ceremony hosted by P.U.N.Y. (Punsters United Nearly Yearly), The O. Henry and Dickinson Museums, and the Friends of the Museums. Continue reading

Tonight’s Schmovie Event

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May 8 Schmovie

 

May 9th Reception & Dinner News

Punpizza_roppolossters United Nearly Yearly (P.U.N.Y.) will hold a free reception from 5 – 7 pm and reserved seat dinner buffet from 7 – 9 pm on Friday, May 9th in the O.Henry and Dickinson Museums’ courtyard at 409 E. 5th Street in Austin, Texas (see location map.) Tickets are almost gone. Hurry to make your reservations.
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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