Due to the growing popularity and enthusiasm to compete in The Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, the 64 contestants in 2016 will be selected with a random lottery system, allowing persons who want the chance to compete to register any time during a 48 hour period, Noon (CDT) April 1 to Noon (CDT) April 3.
You came for the puns groan wild and the camaraderie of being at one of Austin’s original “Keep Austin Weird” namesake free outdoor festivals, still going strong after 39 years! But, here are SIX things to do in addition to enjoying the Punniest of Show and Punslingersperformances so you get the full Pun-Off experience.
We will have silent and live auctions at both the Friday evening P.O.T.Y. dinner and Saturday during the Annual O. Henry Pun-Off. Bring cash or check to bid on packages made up from a long list of fabulous items:
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.