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The O. Henry Pun-Off is the superbowl of punsters. Held annually in Austin, Texas, the competition brings together the most amazing punsters from around the world.

The Pun-Off is produced and emcee’ed by Gary Hallock of

Punslingers Results

Benjamin Ziek repeated as Punslingers champion. Dave Wallace took second, and Jason Epstein won third.

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Clay Leben recorded video of the competition, which he placed on LiveStream.

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Roast for the 2010 Punster of the Year

Steve Brooks was the Punster of the Year (P.O.T.Y.) for 2010. He is a hard person to roast, but here was my contribution, given nearly a year ago.
By Alan B. Combs

In honor of Steve Brooks.

Gentleman Punster, out on a spree,
Punning from Here to Eternity,
Lord, have mercy on such as he.
Bah, Bah, Bah.

One of the punsters at this meeting, Jim Ertner, writes books about animal puns, jokes, and riddles. To add to his collection, … Read the rest...

Final Friday Warm-Up Gathering

With just a week until the Pun-Off, Gary Hallock has this update.

YES, you’ve been procrastinating long enough. It’s now down to the wire and this is your FINAL chance to get in on the …

PUNSTER WARM-UP GATHERING – Friday, MAY 13 (You feel lucky, punk!?)
6:30 – 10pm – OPAL DIVINE’S FREEHOUSE – 700 W. 6th St. – Downtown Austin.

This lively pub/grill is in the heart of Austin’s entertainment district and has a very nice private space

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Special Thursday Punster Warm-Up

From Pun-Off guru Gary Hallock:

It has been brought to my attention that some punsters actually DO have a social life and may not have every Friday evening free. Tough as this is for me to believe, I’m going to take this leap of faith and call the bluff of those who have been using this excuse to avoid me.

This week’s FRIDAY PUNSTER WARM-UP will be held on…THURSDAY – MAY 5 –
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Weakly Punster Friday Warm-Up – April 29, 2011

A Friday in April means it’s time for another Pun-Off warmup. This from Gary:

6:30 – 10pm @ Joe’s Place – 1814 East Martin Luther King Boulevard – Austin, TX

This week the Punster Warm-Up moves to the east side. By special suggestion of Bert Piboin, the longest surviving contestant the Pun-Off has ever seen, our roving troop will be paying a visit to Joe’s Place on MLK @ Chicon

Target gathering time is 6:30 thru 10pm. Joe has good

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Friday Punster Warm-Up – APRIL 22, 2011

Gary Hallock just released the following:

We had a cozy little turnout last Friday for our first gathering in the Friday warm-up series. Or group of hard corpses were visited by veteran competitor Bert Piboin and 2010 MVP winner, Jacob Dodson who has been so emboldened by his good showing in last year’s Punniest of Show event that he’s decided to go for the PunSlinger trophy this time around. Well, these Friday warm-ups are definitely the pathway to greatness. Just

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Friday Punster Warm-Ups

Gary Hallock has the following update regarding the upcoming O. Henry Pun-Off:

Greeting Pun-Off contestants,

Those of you who have competed in the Pun-Off before are likely familiar with our FRIDAY PUNSTER WARM-UPS. Each week of the month prior to our contest, we host an informal gathering of contestants and other fans of the event. You need not be a confirmed competitor to participate or benefit from these opportunities. Even if you’re only doing Punniest of Show you’re still going

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O.Henry Pun-Off Registration

The O.Henry PUG (Pun-Off Guru) Gary Hallock has made the first announcement regarding the 2011 O.Henry Pun-Off:

Much to my own surprise, the registration page for the 2011 O.Henry Pun-Off is now officially open, right on schedule. (Contest is Saturday, May 21) Please click on the link below to be taken directly to the registration page.

While you’re there, please take a moment to consider also attending our PUNY dinner at the Spaghetti
Warehouse on Friday evening before the

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Interview: Ben Ziek

Benjamin Ziek

Ben had a good afternoon at the 2010 O. Henry Pun-Off. He scored a respectable 29 points in Punniest of Show and took first place in Punslingers.

Originally from New Jersey, Ben lived in Pennsylvania, and finally moved to Southern California in 1999. He’s been working for the past eight years as a night auditor at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel, but previous gigs have included demonstrating toys at a Toys “R” Us and being a pro wrestling ring announcer. … Read the rest...

Interview: Jacob Dodson

Jacob Dodson took second place in Punniest of Show at the 2010 O. Henry Pun-Off by punning on Austin street names. He was also given the mmMVP Award, which is determined by vote of all the contestants.

Twenty-one year old Jacob has been living in Austin for eight years, and just graduated from UT with a degree in English. He’s looking for employment, should anyone need a punster who can write.

Jacob Dodson

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Interview: Justin Golbabai and Kelly Dupen

Justin Golbabai and Kelly Dupen took first place in Punniest of Show at the 2010 O. Henry Pun-Off. Their skit explored the relative merits of meats and vegetables, and was, IMHO, brilliant.

Kelly Dupen

Kelly has lived in Texas for many years, but lived in California, Tennessee and Washington while growing up. She graduated from the University of Dallas, a Catholic liberal arts college in 2006. She majored in art, and is currently working as a freelance illustrator while pursuing an … Read the rest...

Video: O. Henry Pun-Off, Satya Manz

Satya Manz gives an ode to poop for his Punniest of Show entry at the 2010 O. Henry Pun-Off.

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Video: Steve Brooks, “Yoga Lady”

Punster of the Year Steve Brooks performs his song, “Yoga Lady”, to warm up the crowd for the 2010 O. Henry Pun-Off.

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Video: O. Henry Pun-Off, Eirik Ott

Eirik Ott competes in the Punniest of Show portion of the 2010 O. Henry Pun-Off. His entry punned on Harry Potter titles being used for pornographic movies. It was very funny.

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O. Henry Pun-Off 2010: mmMVP Award

The McClughan Memorial Most Viable Punster Award (mmMVP) is given by contestants in each year’s O. Henry Pun-Off to the “most viable punster” in the contest.

For the 2010 Pun-Off, Gary Hallock said:

By a vote of his peers, P.O.S. silver medalist, Jacob Dodson also won the coveted mmMVP trophy. We can’t say he walked away with it because he laughed early due to a case of premature jocularity. The award was accepted in his stayed by event producer, Gary

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O. Henry Pun-Off 2010: Punslingers Results

The Punslingers portion of the 2010 O. Henry Pun-Off consisted of 32 contestants competing head-to-head. Contestants take the stage in pairs, and are given a topic selected randomly from a list of traditional topics. In turn, each player has five seconds to deliver, or begin delivering solid puns. This goes back and forth until one of the two either exceeds the given five seconds or accumulates three non-qualifying attempts.

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Video: Steve Brooks, “What Would Molly Do?”

Steve Brooks performs his tribute to Molly Ivins at the start of the 2010 O. Henry Pun-Off.

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Video: O. Henry Pun-Off 2010, Andy Balinsky

Andy Balinsky’s entry in the O. Henry Pun-Off for 2010.

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Video: Steve Brooks, “I Don’t Brake for BMW’s”

Steve Brooks warms up the crowd at the 2010 O. Henry Pun-Off with his song, “I Don’t Brake for BMW’s.”

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Video: Punniest of Show 3rd Place

Mother-daughter team Judy Dean and June Morris were rained out last year, but they returned with the same routine this year and took third place. Here is their entry.

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Video: Punniest of Show 2nd Place

Jacob Dodson took second place in the Punniest of Show portion of today’s O. Henry Pun-Off. Here is his entry.

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Video: Punniest of Show 1st Place

Justin Golbabi and Kelly Dupeck took first place in the Punniest of Show portion of today's O. Henry Pun-Off. Here is their winning entry.

O. Henry Pun-Off 2010: Punniest of Show Results

Today’s O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships lead off with the Punniest of Show competition, where contestants had ninety seconds to present prepared punnish material. At 90 seconds, a whistle was blown, and if the contestant was still going when the bell was run at 120 seconds, he or she was disqualified.

Each contestant was given scores from one to ten by the six judges. The highest and the lowest scores were thrown out, and the remaining were summed for a … Read the rest...

2010 Punster of the Year: Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks

Punsters United Nearly Yearly (P.U.N.Y.) has announced their Punster of the Year (P.O.T.Y) for 2010, Steve Brooks.

From the announcement:

Steve Brooks came to his first Pun-Off in 1992, and he won it the following year, with his rewrite of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address using the names of Texas towns. Routines like “Tex-Mexistentialism,” “Carstianity,” and “Inhale to the Chief” have added to his trophy collection. He keeps up the wordplay in songs like his New-Age Western “Yoga Lady,” and even in

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Pun-Off Registration: Cold feet, anyone?

Gary Hallock, producer and emcee of the O.Henry Pun-Off, has an update for participants in the Pun-Off competition.

Hello again Pun-Off contestants, (and innocent bystanders too)

I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from participating to the fool list in this year’s O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships, but I am compelled to remind everyone that we have a very fool slate of contestants this year. If there’s some chance that you’ve only entered the contest on a whim and are starting

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