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It’s a punderful life

Monday, August 22, 2022 by Elizabeth Pagano

The O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships is back. This year, the event will (temporarily) be held at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center while Brush Square (where the event is usually held) is under renovation. This year’s logo and theme is a 45 vinyl record. And, by way of informing those who are considering attending but aren’t quite sure what they’re getting into, here’s what the press release says about this year’s festivities:

Championship coordinator David Guggenheim states, “for the record, we’ve been ’round 45 years, and it’s been virtually two since punsters have grooved, live and in person, for the O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships. But the tables have turned, and we’re coming back in style – us, and maybe you, too! First, we’ll get in the groove during Punniest of Show, when contestants will deliver a prepared monologue (in full stereo). The punster who soars to the top of the charts will be declared Punniest of Show! Then, we’ll fade out the afternoon with Punslingers, where contestants will go round and round with each other to see who has the best puns up their sleeve. The winner of the vinyl round will be labeled the World Champion Punslinger!”

The event includes food vendors, live music, and a book and T-shirt sale benefiting the O. Henry Museum. Find more information and register to compete here. Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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