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Mark May 10th to attend 2014 Pun-Off

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Pun-Off is on Saturday, May 10, 2014

The P.U.N.Y. (Punsters United Nearly Yearly) elves are finally organizing the 37th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships.

The Pun-Off will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 409 E. Fifth Street, Austin, Texas in the back yard of the O. Henry Museum also known as Brush Square Park. For all you long time Punsters, please note the 10th is the second weekend, not the third weekend. This year we moved up the Pun-Off to avoid UT commencement (17th) which fills up all the hotel rooms.

Persons who want to compete as 2014 Punniest of Show and/or PunSlingers contestant should mark their calendar for Noon, April 1st, to rush in when the registration form will be opened.

more announcements for 2014 Pun-off coming!!

For general information about the O. Henry Pun-Off event, call 512-472-1903512-472-1903 between noon and five p.m., Wednesday thru Sunday or leave a voice message.

You may also want to acknowledge our presents on Facebook where you’ll find several Pun-Off  sites dedicated to facilitating both pun chatter & contestant practice. www.facebook.com/PUNYPAGE and www.facebook.com/groups/punoff/

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Puns In The Press

San Antonio writer Gary S. Whitford says he can’t make a pun, but he writes an excellent Sunday column for The Rivard Report called Every Word Counts about writing well with words. He just submitted a profile of first-time Pun-Off contestant and San Antonio resident Mark Eells and his experiences on stage this year.

Mark Eells – San Antonio punster

It’s a fine read with a bit of Pun-Off lore thrown in about O. Henry and his writing legacy, which includes several months living in San Antonio. We invite more San Antonio wordsmiths to join us at next year’s 37th Annual Pun-Off World Championships.

The Reel Deal

Over 36 jears of punning, film makers have tried to capture the Pun-Off World Championships heart-stopping stories, most notably, the celebrated Pun-Smoke: Search for the Worst.  Therefore, we are pleased to announce this latest tall tales effort by Wildwood Docs.

“ART OF THE PUN: A DOCUMENTARY” is a character-driven feature documentary in pre-production now about puns, punsters, and the art of punning as set in Austin, Texas and the 36th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. We want to get to know YOU and highlight your role in the world/community of punning you love so much. Continue reading

Pun-Off 2013 set for May 18th

Jest for a wordy cause

The date for the 36th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships is Saturday, May 18, 2013. – Live music @11am – Contests Noon-5pm

Once again, the location is Brush Square, the backyard of the O. Henry and Dickinson Museums, 409 E. 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Pre-Event Dinner – Special new & exciting venue!!

The annual gathering of unusual suspects will be take place from 6:00 – 10 pm – Friday May 17, — Activities include the Punster of the Year (P.O.T.Y.) Award ceremony plus a variety of interactive Punnin’ games. You won’t want to miss this one! (Diner ticket cost and reservation form are on a separate page)

Event Schedule

11:00 am – Live music and contestant registration
Noon – 2pm – Punniest of Show
2:30  –  PunSlingers
5:30 –  Wrap Up & after party (T.B.A.)

The opening date for online contestant registration for Punniest of Show and Punslingers is Monday, April 15th at NOON central daylight time (-5 GMT.) (Menu for registration form will magically appear on the site!) There are 32 openings available for each contest as well as stand-by lists in the event of participant drop-outs, which ALWAYS DOES HAPPEN! – Don’t be afraid to sign up even after all the possession have been fooled.  Dopes springs internal!

Frightened Man

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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.