The Punsters United Nearly Yearly (PUNY) announced that the 2019 Punster of the Year (POTY) is Scott Hilburn, author of the syndicated comics The Argyle Sweater.
The Argyle Sweater comic appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide including the New York Daily News, The LA Times, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune. His comic has also been a top selling desk calendar at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com for over 10 years and can be found adorning the covers of greeting cards at Target and Walmart. And last, he also has five books from his publisher, Andrews McMeel, that feature a collection of his work – including “The Itty Bitty Knitty Committee” and “Puns of Steel”.
Scott’s been drawing since he could hold a pencil. When he later realized he had a punchent for writing dad jokes, gags and groaners that matched well with his art style, he set out to make a career of it through newspaper syndication. The world has been laughing (and shaking their heads) ever since.
Before becoming a newspaper cartoonist, Scott worked in multimedia creation for various telecom companies. He also once worked for an underwear manufacturer but the job was brief. It’s Scott’s first year of involvement with the O. Henry Pun-Off, but he is looking forward to many more years of being a pun in the ass.
The Punster of the Year Award (POTY) was an annual award and dinner hosted for eons by the International Save the Pun Foundation chaired by Norm Gilbert, but more recently in Austin, Texas at the O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships and by Punsters United Nearly Yearly (PUNY.) Everyone is invited to the award ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017, 7 pm, in Brush Square outside behind the O. Henry Museum. If you’re hungry, we’ll kick off the evening two block away at 6 pm with a fajita buffet at Micheladas Cafe y Cantina. (Map)
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Rhain Louis and Pat Tanzola, aka The Pun Gents are two pun guys from Toronto, Canada who have fouled some of the finest shrooms with their relentless schtink. They have been dishing up fresh and original homonymic crimes at www.pungents.com since 2004, posting original puns each day for more than a baker’s dozen years. No wonder they’re up here, rolling in the d’oh! Pat and Rhain are two higher education dropouts who decided that 4 university degrees between them was enough – and so they both quit school to write puns. Clearly they have been pun-ished enough. Pungents.com was initially intended as a get-rich-quick scheme. Millions of page loads later, the Gents keep it running in their spare time even though they have learned that punning isn’t all about income, it’s about the outcome.
[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 →
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Punsters United Nearly Yearly(P.U.N.Y.) will hold a freereception 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. Continue reading →