Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Texas Pun Championship Will Be Tons Of ‘Pun’

AUSTIN, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The pun-loving folks in Austin, Texas, will be having a “pun time” this Saturday (May 19), when the 30th Annual O. Henry Pun-off World Championship gets “punderway.”

The event will feature more than 30 punsters from around the U.S. who will test each other’s wits in “pun battles” in front of 2000 spectators for “pun, not profit.”

Festival organizer Valerie Bennett says contestants will face off in two different challenges called “High Lies, Low Puns” and “Punniest-In-Show” to see who is “punny” and who gets “pun-ished.”

The first round gives competitors five seconds to come up with puns on a variety of topics that range from food and sports, to body parts and politics.

Bennett says this pun battle round gets intense, with battles sometimes lasting up to 15 minutes between contestants before they “pun out of steam.”

Says Bennett: “You have to be pretty well-versed to make it through this round. The puns have to be original, witty, and definitely make sense.”

The other round of the competition, “Punniest-In- Show,” requires contestants to freestyle a 90-second original piece that they’ve prepared ahead of time and they can even wear costumes, bring props, and play music if it ties in with their punning theme.

The top punster will win a trophy shaped like a horse’s rear end and bragging right for “punning out on top.”

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