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 https://punoff2020.com.
Category Archives: Punniest of Show
Q: It seems to me, over the years of observing the Punniest of Show that the judges are “looser” with giving out higher scores as the contest goes on. In other words, the first 10 contestants rarely get top scores compared to the last 10 or so contestants, i.e. 22 to 32. What do you think is the best slot for a contestant?
A: It is often presumed that the early scores tend to be lower but I don’t think anyone has ever really done the math to prove this. (Here’s a project where we could probably use the services of a computer whiz.) Traditionally we’ve always joked about the early contestants being somewhat sacrificial “cannon fodder” but that’s because its scary to be first up. Continue reading
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
Punniest of Show contestant Alexandra Petri from Washington D. C. who finished a very respectable 4th place in her first Pun-Off wrote about her experience in her Washington Post blog. We joked that she’s quite a dish, but she’s really a philosophical writer!
The judges gored her routine 36 points.