From Daryl Stout
@1:19/33 to All
on Sunday, September 13, 2020 00:05:59
Note: Due to COVID-19, the event may be cancelled until further notice.
The World Championship Pun-Off, now over 30 years running, is
held each year in Austin, Texas...at the O. Henry Museum, in the
Depending on scheduling, the competition is held either the first or
the third weekend of May (usually on Saturday) of each year...and it
runs from 12 Noon to approximately 5pm, Central Time. Some years, it
can last longer...as "the beauty of the pun is in the aargh of the
There are 2 competitions...Punniest Of Show...plus High Lies And Low
Puns. There is no entry fee for either one, and contestants may enter
either one, or both, of the competitions. Prospective contestants (and
the audience) begin gathering around 11am or so, with the entertainment
and sign up starting at 12 Noon, and lasting until 1pm. There is usually
a band providing music...plus a few vendors; some selling food and drink,
while others sell books and items to benefit the O. Henry Museum. They
do take up voluntary collections during the event to help with expenses
with the museum.
Punniest Of Show, starting at 1pm, has each contestant delivering a
prepared skit, with puns interversed throughout, or one big one at the
end (a bit of both is ideal). They can read it from their script, or do
it from memory. However, they must finish it in 90 seconds or less
(60-75 seconds is ideal). At 90 seconds, a bell is rung...and points
begin to be deducted. At 2 minutes, a second bell is rung, and the
contestant is disqualified. Extra time can be allotted if there are a
lot of groans or laughter. A panel of 4 judges, allotting 10 points
each, tallies the vote, and the winner is the one with the most points.
In case of a tie, a "pun-off" is held, with the finalists reading the
last part of their skits. The winner is the one who gets the most
High Lies And Low Puns, usually starting at 3pm, pits 2 contestants,
head to head, in a selected category. While the contestants know of the categories that will be used, they don't know of which one is theirs
until they are to start. Each contestant has 5 seconds to come up with a
pun related to that category, and the round continues until one fails to
do so. This continues until only one winning punster remains.
Contestants come from all over to attend the yearly event. Some will
gather on the Friday evening before, or sometime on Sunday after the competition, at an area restaurant to social-eyes. Folks who'd be
interested in this can go to punpunpun.com on the Internet, and click
on the link for the O. Henry Pun-Off.
One of the judges, Richard Lederer, author of "Anguished English", a collection of actual written and spoken goofs, has a neat website...www.verbivore.com -- for those interested in this humor...
and you can order his stuff from there.
You can get to and from Austin via:
1) Driving -- Austin is north of San Antonio on Interstate 35...I think
the total length of it is from Minneapolis, MN to Laredo, TX. I'm not
sure what exit to take off of the freeway in the Austin area, though.
2) Flying -- Southwest Airlines, among other carriers, serve the Austin
Area. Southwest is at www.southwest.com and at (800) 435-9792
(I-FLY-SWA). However, the airport is a good ways out of town, and cab
fare is not cheap. One may want to strongly consider renting a car.
3) Train -- Amtrak's station is near the downtown area, but the one
train that serves Austin...The Texas Eagle...arrives early to mid-evening southbound from Chicago...and mid to late morning northbound from San
Antonio. The Texas Eagle runs daily between Chicago and San Antonio,
also going through St. Louis, Little Rock, Dallas, and Fort Worth, then
through Austin to San Antonio. Three days a week at San Antonio, one of
the Sleeping Cars and two of the coaches connect with The Sunset
Limited, which runs 3 days a week between Orlando and Los Angeles. More information is available at The Texas Eagle website
(www.texaseagle.com), the Amtrak website (www.amtrak.com), or by calling
Amtrak at (800) USA-RAIL (872-7245). The Austin station is does not have ticketing or baggage service.
Concerning inclement weather, no real contingency plan, per se, is in place...but I'm sure that folks would have a "safety option" if there
was a risk of thunderstorms/lightning.
Full details are available at www.punoff.com
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