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47th Annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships

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The 47th Annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships will enter a new stage of WORD DOMINATION on May 11, 2024. We will be (at last!) returning to our home location of Brush Square Park, right behind the O. Henry Museum in Downtown Austin! This is a FREE public event that takes place outdoors, weather permitting,
 

The Grand Daddy of all pun competitions is in Austin, Texas, naturally. Is it the best? Yes. Is it the oldest? Definitely. Is it the funniest? Easily.

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There are a lot of great pun competitions all over the US. Probably all over the world. But the O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships have been around for 46 jears! it’s hard to imagine one more refined. For Texans, anyway.

2023 Pun-Off Champions!

Punsters United Nearly Yearly (P.U.N.Y.) Social
  • Date: Friday, May 10, 2024, 6 - 9 pm

  • Place: Brush Square Courtyard (beside O. Henry Museum)

  • Contestant games & pun practice rounds. Punster of the Year Award.

Punniest of Show Competition
  • Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024, approx. 11:30am-1:30pm

  • Place: Brush Square Park (outdoors weather permitting)

  • 32 contestants perform prepared 90 second pun routines for judges.

PunSlingers Competition
  • Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024, approx. 2:00pm-5:30pm

  • Place: Brush Square Park (outdoors weather permitting)

  • 32 Contestants make spontaneous puns on a topic in five seconds against an opponent. Contestants advance through rounds until one PunSlinger wins it all!

And there's more!
  • Live Music by the band Kathleen Turner Overdrive starting at 10:30 am.

  • Auction - bid on unique, valuable items from 11 am-4:00pm.

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