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PunSlingers 2020

Coming on Saturday, November 21, 2020, Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) bring you the 43rd O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships, Punslingers Competition: Online Edition.

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PunSlingers 2020
  • Watch online preliminary live rounds on November 21, 2020 starting at 11:00am CST for about 2 hours. Later at 7 pm CST, live pun competition resumes with head-to-head prime time heats.
  • Brought to you this year by the City of Austin, Brush Square Museums Foundation, and with a whole lot assistance thanks to our partners at Austin’s very own Fantastic Magic Camp, as well as the internationally renowned podcast, Pun Intensive.
  • Watch the streaming video at PUNINTENSIVE.COM

Congratulations to the Winners!

AUSTIN – OCTOBER 25, 2020: Punsters everywhere celebrated the three winners of the Punniest of Show in the 43rd O.Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships. Competition organizers announced the three most popular video routines as voted by the public were 1st, Jonah Spear, 2nd, Gabriela Pedroza, and 3rd, Sarah Bennett. Watch their winning videos at

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Pun-Off 2020 Goes Virtual!

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We all know COVID-19 is a Pundemic. So, the 43rd Annual O.Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships is at, an online competition with voting open from October 17 – 24, 2020.

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 at 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 by October 5th selected 32 contestants to enter a Punniest of Show video under 2 minutes in length. The deadline for their entries was midnight Central Daylight Time CDT (GMT -5) October 15th.
  • On October 17, 2020, the 32 pun-tastic entries were revealed on the website and viewers asked to choose their favorite. 
  • From October 17th until October 24th midnight CDT (GMT -5), our loyal pun-loving fans, may view the contestant videos and vote on a favorite video at  First, second, and third place winners with the most votes will be announced the next day on PunOff2020. com
  • Buy a Souvenir T-Shirt at our official Pun-Off World Championships store.

FAQ for Pun-Off 2020

Winners 2019

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

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

Sam Corbin

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

Get In On The 2019 Auction!

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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