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Pun-Off Moves Indoors – Rain Location

After studying the high probability of rain forecast for this Friday and Saturday, the museum staff has decided to move the 42nd O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships inside. 

  1. The Pun-Off will continue on Saturday starting at 11 AM at the Hilton Austin on the 6th floor in a room that will hold about 200 people. The Hilton Austin is across Neches Street next to Brush Square. Map
  2. The P.U.N.Y. Dinner Friday evening will now be at the Central Presbyterian Church at the corner of 8th & Brazos, directly across from the Omni Hotel. Map The meal will  be served at 7 p.m. in the Smoot Fellowship Hall for contestants and family and Pun-Off enthusiasts who are all invited to meet Punster of the Year (P.O.T.Y.) Scott Hilburn, author of the syndicated comics The Argyle Sweater.

Welcome to Pun-Off 2019

Join us on Saturday, May 11, 2019, for the 42nd Annual O.Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships in Austin, Texas!

FAQ for First Time Visitors

Countdown to Pun-Off 2017

date May 13, 2017Its time to start counting down to Saturday, May 13, 2017, the 40th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships in Austin, Texas!

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.

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Subscribe to P. U. N. Y. Email List Jest for Puns

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 puny@yahoogroups.com or puny-subscribe@yahoogroups.com, or puny-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com, or contact the puny-owner@yahoogroups.com

 

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Pun-Off 2015 Results

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.

Winners: Ben Ziek, Southpaw Jones, and Gy Odem

POS Winners: Ben Ziek, Southpaw Jones, and Gy Odem. Emcees: Guy Ben-Moshe and Gary Hallock.

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