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46th Annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships

Registration opens on this website on April 1st, 2023 at 12pm CDT and closes on April 4th, 2023 at 11:59pm CDT. Contestants will be chosen by a lottery. Best of luck, punsters!

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

PunOff 2022 winners on stage

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.

2022 Pun-Off Champions!

Announcing the 2023
O. Henry Museum
Pun-Off World Championships!

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Punsters United Nearly Yearly (P.U.N.Y.) Social
  • Date: Friday, May 12, 2023, 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 13, 2023, approx. 11:30am-1:30pm

  • Place: Hilton Austin

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

PunSlingers Competition
  • Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023, approx. 2:00pm-5:30pm

  • Place: Hilton Austin

  • 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 from 10:30am-11:15am

  • Auction - bid on unique, valuable items from 12 pm-4:00pm

Our utmost thanks to Hilton Austin for providing our venue for 2023!

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