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Pun-Off 2020 Goes Virtual!

2020 official graphic

We all know COVID-19 is a Pundemic. So, the 43rd Annual O.Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships has become an online competition beginning October 17th!

The Pun-Off World Championships this year consists of a virtual competition of punning, done with video submissions, and voted upon by the public online. We call this our Punniest of Show and it works like this.

  • Except for a few invited past winners, a randomization of persons who registered to be contestants will select those who will be invited to enter a Punniest of Show video under 2 minutes in length. The deadline for their entries is midnight Central Daylight Time (GMT -5) October 15th.
  • On October 17, 2020, the pun-tastic entries will be revealed on the website punoff2020.com and viewers can begin voting. 
  • From October 17th until October 24th midnight CDT (GMT -5), you, our loyal pun-loving fans, may vote (one vote per person) on all the videos at punoff2020.com.  First, second, and third place winners with the most votes will be announced the next day on punoff2020. com. 

FAQ for Pun-Off 2020

Winners 2019

Punniest of Show
1st Jerzy Gwiazdowski
2nd Sam Corbin
3rd Erika Ettin

Punslingers
1st Allison Fisher
2nd Arun Debray
Tied for 3rd Jerry Yan, Michael Maskin

MMMVP 
Sam Corbin

(See pictures of winners and contestant scores on the next page)

Get In On The 2019 Auction!

silent auction table

Come for the puns, get in on the Auction!
Thank You Donors!

Hilton Austin, Kona Ice, Esther’s Follies. Onion Creek Club, Harvey Penick Golf Campus, Grey Rock Golf Club, Cherrywood Coffee House, Eddie V’s, P F Chang, Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy, Above and Beyond Aviation, Riverbats Café, Rebecca Arellano, Gone for Good, Westbank Community Library, The Austin Wine Merchant. Don Stewart, A Couple Puns,, Mmmpanadas, Gilbert and Sullivan – Austin, Galactic Sneeze, Roppolo’s Pizza, Feats of Clay, Generation Serve, Penfold Theatre Co, Fantastic Magic Camp, PUNY video souvenirs

Pun-Off 2019 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 1,000 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.

2019 P.O.T.Y. Announced

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.

Scott Hilburn POTY 2019

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.