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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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10 BEST-STRESSED PUNS OF 2014

January 1, 2015, Austin, Texas, USA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF:

After months of exhaustive searching and researching, the “Bored of Governors” of the International Save The Pun Foundation (ISTPF) has finally separated the suite from the gaff and is ready to reveal their annual compilation of The 10 Best-Stressed Puns of 2014 (See list below).

Since 1978 when J. S. Crosbie founded the ISTPF in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, it has been a word-leader in the presentation and perpetration of worthy wordplay. Today this tradition is carried on threw out the cyber-sphere by members of P.U.N.Y. (Punsters United Nearly Yearly,) a closely affiliated support group spawned by the perspicacious punslingers of the O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships in Austin, Texas.

You can find more information on both groups on Facebook or follow #PunOff 2015, @leerlessfeeder, or @PUNY2015 on Twitter.

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Snatch and Grab Pun-Off Press

Logo LA WeeklyA weighty “you-were-there” guide to this year’s O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships by Zachary Pincus-Roth in a LA Weekly feature story At the World Pun Championships, Victory Is Easier Said Than Punned is a thoughtful character profile of the 2014 Punslinger and Punniest of Show winners including local LA punmeister Ben Ziek, Washington D.C.’s Alexandra Petri, and Austinites Matt Pollock, Andy Balinsky, and Dav Wallace. Pincus-Roth paints a detailed picture of the entire two-day event, including the Friday night dinner wordplay honoring the Punster of the Year (P.O.T.Y.) Unlike most reporting about the Pun-Off, Pincus-Roth actually shares numerous puns made by the competitors so you can groan along! We rate this article a 10!

CBS Sunday Morning Airs “Once A Pun A Time”

Seen on TV logo fakeOn May 10th, the 37th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships was visited by a news crew from CBS Sunday Morning. No, Charles Osgood wasn’t there, but they did send their ace interviewer, Lee Cowan ( ) who made it hap-pun as well as tireless camera crew who documented hours of the before and after happenings at this year’s Pun-Off. Continue reading

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