Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pun Contest Is Funny And Filthy

AUSTIN, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Creating the perfect pun can get downright dirty.

The 31st Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships are coming to Austin, Texas, on Saturday (May 17), with more than 30 clever contestants testing each others wordy wits to win the “Punster of the Year” prize.

While the pun-off is mostly good clean “pun,” producer Gary Hallock says the chatty contest can get dirty and wordy.

Hallock recalls competitors punning on the topic of body parts, and says, “One was saying, ‘I feel like a boob,’ and the other said, ‘Tit for tat, I wish I had a nipple for every time I’ve heard that.’ They were technical terms, but it can make it hard to bill it as a family event!”

Despite the scandalous word-slinging – including a punner using bird puns like ‘cock’ and ‘duck down’ to tackle the Monica Lewinsky scandal – Hallock says kids are welcome.

He says, “If your kids get the double entendres, they’re more sophisticated than you think.”

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