The Greatest American Heroes (greatestamericanheroes.com) and the O. Henry Pun-Off represent all the weirdness Austin has to offer. While not as old as the Pun-Off, the Greatest American Heroes have been playing TV theme songs in Austin since 2001. If you think about it, 13 years (or 13 seasons) is longer than most TV shows last. No one has ever challenged their self-christened title of “Austin’s Favorite TV Theme Song Band.”
Q: It seems to me, over the years of observing the Punniest of Show that the judges are “looser” with giving out higher scores as the contest goes on. In other words, the first 10 contestants rarely get top scores compared to the last 10 or so contestants, i.e. 22 to 32. What do you think is the best slot for a contestant?
A: It is often presumed that the early scores tend to be lower but I don’t think anyone has ever really done the math to prove this. (Here’s a project where we could probably use the services of a computer whiz.) Traditionally we’ve always joked about the early contestants being somewhat sacrificial “cannon fodder” but that’s because its scary to be first up. Continue reading
Let the fools rush in. The registration form is live on the “Registration Form 2014″ page under the “About Pun-Off 2014″ menu.
The race is on. Punsters, you may start fooling your puns for May 10th. May the best wit win.
P. S. As of 12:24 CDT we have 32 contestants for Punniest of Show. As of 12:30 CDT we have 32 Punslingers registered. Please continue to register for the stand-by list as we often have drop-outs and cancellations. You may also still register to indicate that you want to come for the free Friday, May 9 reception and P.O.T.Y. dinner (tickets on sail at the event) Congratulations contestants!
The P.U.N.Y. (Punsters United Nearly Yearly) elves are finally organizing the 37th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships.
The Pun-Off will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 409 E. Fifth Street, Austin, Texas in the back yard of the O. Henry Museum also known as Brush Square Park. For all you long time Punsters, please note the 10th is the second weekend, not the third weekend. This year we moved up the Pun-Off to avoid UT commencement (17th) which fills up all the hotel rooms.
Persons who want to compete as 2014 Punniest of Show and/or PunSlingers contestant should mark their calendar for Noon, April 1st, to rush in when the registration form will be opened.
more announcements for 2014 Pun-off coming!!
For general information about the O. Henry Pun-Off event, call 512-472-1903512-472-1903 between noon and five p.m., Wednesday thru Sunday or leave a voice message.
You may also want to acknowledge our presents on Facebook where you’ll find several Pun-Off sites dedicated to facilitating both pun chatter & contestant practice. www.facebook.com/PUNYPAGE and www.facebook.com/groups/punoff/
Thanks Andy Balinsky, successful Pun-Off contestant and loyal volunteer who oversees contestant registration every year, we have a mindmap that shows Punslinger contestant match-ups by round as well as topics. Well done!