Category Archives: Punslingers

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

Way Back Video From 2011

Click on our History Menu at the top of the page to browse jeers past even though some links may be broken. However, links for the Video 2011 page were just repaired, especially the Punslingers streaming video, which needed to be uploaded to Youtube. Continue reading

Punslinger Results 2013

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

Official Results – Pun-Off 2013

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

Traditional Topics for Punslingers

FAQ: What topics are flung at contestants in Punslingers? Answer: Not all topics below are used every year and new ones may be added at the event, but these topics are traditional ones. Email P .U.N.Y . with your suggestions for new pun topics to gary [at] Continue reading