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.
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
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.
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We’re celebrating the 40th Anniversary with a fun exhibit “Once a-Pun A Time” with photos, an interactive game, and memorabilia in the Susanna Dickinson Museum. We’re also searching for great sponsors/donors for our fundraising auction. The design for an awesome 40th anniversary souvenir t-shirt is nearing approval.
The May 2015 38th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships is now history! Multi-medalist Benjamin Ziek of Glendale, California once again clawed his way to the top of the heap with another rare “two-fer” triumph in Puniest of Show and PunSlingers.
Rare for others maybe, but not for Ben, as this is his third repeat of double-win trophies, an unprecedented feat never before accomplished by any puntestant. After having blown it last year, the win shifted back in his direction in 2015 and with great gusto, he fought to the twister end. Debris was the only thing laughed on stage as the final gong sounded and his win swept the field.
In Punniest of Show, the panel of six expert judges awarded Ziek a perfect score of 40 out of a possible 40 points for his punning recollection of whiskey behavior and an alcoholic encounter that went horribly a-rye. Watch it on YouTube.
POS Winners: Ben Ziek, Southpaw Jones, and Gy Odem. Emcees: Guy Ben-Moshe and Gary Hallock.
At the 2015 O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships, the COMPETITION WILL BE IN TENTS. Although we initially supposed tents would serve to protect the audience from shady characters, the Austin weather forecast is now for 60% rain on Saturday. So we can actually justify the erection of this 40 x 80 foot circus tent over our stage and audience area this year. We don’t want a repeat of 2009 when we were unexpectedly “reigned” into the Hilton Hotel. Continue reading →