On 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
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.
(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
Thanks Andy Balinsky, successful Pun-Off contestant and loyal volunteer who oversees contestant registration every year, we have a mindmap that shows Punslinger contestant match-ups by round as well as topics. Well done!
Punslinger Contestant pairs and Pun Topics
Thanks to David Moye for his May 18th article in Huff Post Weird News.
Also a shout out on his short post and photos by Arthur VanRooy in The Horn
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The 36th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships is now history in a big way!
Punniest of Show Results
Returning for his 5th year of competition, multi-year winner Benjamin Ziek of Glendale, California bounced back from an off-year to claim a very rare “two-fer” as he snagged first place honors in both Punslingers and Punniest of Show competitions. Contestant “double threats” are not unusual in the Pun-Off, but for one contestant to win both top prizes in the same year is almost unknown. Continue reading