45th Annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships

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2022 Registration is now closed! We hope to see you on Oct. 8th!

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.

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 45 jears! it’s hard to imagine one more refined. For Texans, anyway.

Attend the 2022
O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships!

Punsters United Nearly Yearly (P.U.N.Y.) Social
  • Date: Friday, October 7, 2022, 6 - 9 pm

  • Place: Outside - Mexican American Cultural Center (Map)

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

Punniest of Show Competition
  • Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022, approx. 12pm-2pm

  • Place: Outside - Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) (Map)

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

PunSlingers Competition
  • Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022, approx. 2:30pm-6pm

  • Place: Outside - Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) (Map)

  • 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 performed by The Jerrells, 11am-12pm

  • Auction - bid on unique, valuable items from 2pm-2:30pm

  • Used book sale - bargain prices for any reader, 11am-4pm