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Annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships Live Music

  • Brush Square Park
  • 409 E. Fifth St.
  • Austin, TX 78701
  • May 11, 2019
  • Phone: (512) 974-1398
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: Free

The O. Henry Museum Annual Pun-Off World Championships consists of two mighty struggles.

PUNNIEST OF SHOW: A maximum of 32 contestants will compete to deliver their prepared “punny” material within a time limit of 90 seconds . At 90 seconds a “soft” bell will be sounded. The presentation may continue, but at 2 minutes a “hard” bell will be sounded and the contestant will be disqualified. These entries are gored on a 1-10 scale by our judges panel. The three top scoring contestants will be recognized as winners of Punniest of Show. In the case of a tie score, the audience will be asked to help decide a championship round.

PUNSLINGERS: A maximum of 32 contestants may compete. Each pair of competitors will be given a topic. At the judge’s signal, each player in his turn will have 5 seconds to deliver, or begin delivering a pun. The opponent will then be given a signal and another 5 seconds to start a pun. This shoot-out continues until one of the contestants cannot make a pun “tongue-tied” or accumulates a total of three non-qualifying “strike” attempts at a pun.

11:00 AM - Noon Live Music and contestant registration. Auction and Used Book Sale until 4 pm. This free event is outdoors in Brush Square. Bring a blanket or folding chairs. No alcohol is allowed in Austin parks.

Annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships