All posts tagged Ben Ziek

Ben Ziek has won Punslingers three times (2010, 2011, and 2013) and Punniest of Show once (2013). He has also taken second or third in both events multiple times.

He is the first to win both awards in one year since 1997.

Punniest of Show 2017: Ben Ziek

Ben Ziek scores 38 points in Punniest of Show at the 2017 O. Henry Pun-Off by punning on meats.

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Punslingers 2016 Full Results

Ben Ziek defeated Tim Donnelly in the finals of Punslingers at the 2016 O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. In the semi-finals round, Donnelly beat Toby Miceli-Gwiazdowski while Ziek knocked off Jerry Yan.

Here are the total results, including the topic of each competition in paranthesis.

Round One

Chris Sneyd defeated Mallory Culbert (Fast Food)
Ben Ziek defeated Hannah Nelson (Farming & Ranching)
Annica Eagle defeated Cameron Russell (Space Travel)
Peter Rubin defeated Kevin Binswanger (Waterborne Vehicles)
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Punniest of Show 2015: Ben Ziek (Winner)

Ben Ziek, the punning version of Tiger Woods, wins Punniest of Show at the 2015 O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. His skit about alcohol scored a perfect 40 points.

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Punslingers 2015, Championship Round

In quite possibly the longest final round in Punslingers hostory, Ben Ziek and Jerzy Gwaizdowski face off in the category of Numerical References.

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Punslingers 2015, Round Four

The semifinal Round Four of Punslingers at the 2015 O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships was the shortest round of all five.

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Results from the 2015 O. Henry Pun-Off

Even in the face of inclement weather, Saturday saw perhaps the largest crowd for an O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships in history. The audience was treated (or subjected) to an epic eight hours of competition.

The video from the competition is being uploaded to YouTube as I type this. Right now, the gating factor is horrible U-verse upload speeds, so it may be a few days until everything is uploaded.

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Punniest of Show 2014 Second Place: Ben Ziek

Last year’s Punniest of Show Ben Ziek came through with another solid performance this year. He was part of a three way tie at the top with 39 points.

Crowd applause broke the tie and placed him second.

Here is his tree-themed performance.

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Punslingers 2014 Winners

In a fierce competition that ran well into the evening, Matt Pollock unseated Ben Ziek to win Punslingers in the 2014 O.Henry Pun-Off.

In a tie for third were Dav Wallace and Chad Wellington, who were taken out by the two finalists. Look for full results later today.… Read the rest...

Punniest of Show 2014 Winners

I’ll have full results later today, and video over the next day or two, but here are the winners of the Punniest of Show at the 2014 O.Henry Pun-Off.

1st – Alex Petri
2nd – Ben Ziek
3rd – Andy Balinsky

All three scored an impressive 39 points (out of a possible 40), and the ordered was determined by audience applause.

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Interview: Ben Ziek

Some major events happened in May of 1997:

  • Donald Trump and Marla Maples announced their separation
  • Eddie Murphy is arrested with transsexual hooker Atisone Seiuli
  • Deep Blue beats Garry Kasparov in a six-game chess match
  • Susan Lucci loses the Daytime Emmy Award for the 17th time

And, Steve Brooks wins both Punslingers and Punniest of Show.

That rarest of pun accomplishments was repeated this year as Ben Ziek wins the two awards at the same O. Henry Pun-Off.

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Punslingers Round Four, 1st Half (Video)

Due to batteries going kaput, I only caught the first of the two competitions in Round Four of Punslingers. It was between Ben Ziek and Dav Wallace, and the topic was Celebrity Questions.

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Punslingers (2013 Pun-Off) Results

The second half of the annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships is Punslingers, a head-to-head battle of puns in a single elimination format. Thirty-two competitors are narrowed down to one with varying topics.

Here are the results, with the topics in parentheses.

Round One

Mark Eells defeats Scott Seay (Space Travel)
Ben Zeik defeats Brian Agler (Toys)
Jerzy Gwiazdowski defeats Satya Manz (Candy, no Desserts)
Gracie Deegan defeats Andrew Johnson (Metal)
Andy Balinsky defeats Sean De Tore (Photography)
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Punniest of Show 1st Place: Ben Ziek

Multi-winner in both Punniest of Show and Punslinger Ben Ziek puns on spices to score 39 points. This was a tie for first place, but he won in a poll of the audience.

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Punniest of Show Third Place: Benjamin Ziek

Regular pun-off competitor Ben Ziek took third place in Punniest of Show with his cheese-themed skit.

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Interview: Ben Ziek

Benjamin Ziek is good at coming up with puns quickly. Very quickly. In his rookie Pun Off in 2009, he came in 2nd in Punslingers. Then he won in 2010.

He defended his title in 2011.

This is our second interview with Ben. We first interviewed him a year ago, after his 2010 Punslingers win.

Brian: Anything new in the personal life? Have you managed to sell a TV game show yet?

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Benjamin Ziek, Punniest of Show Competitor

Benjamin Ziek, two time winner of Punslingers, also did very well in Punniest of Show this year. His game-themed skit scored 35 points, good enough for fourth in the competition.

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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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...

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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