Monday, May 15, 2006

Awful Pun Championship To Be Held On ‘Pun-Day’ (May 20)

AUSTIN, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The pun-loving folks in Austin, Texas, will be having a “pun time” on Saturday (May 20), when the 29th Annual World Championship of Awful Pun Telling gets “punderway.”

The event’s official title is the O. Henry Pun-Off, and more than 30 punsters from around the U.S. will compete in front of 2000 people for “pun, not profit.”

Festival organizer Valerie Bennett, who is also the curator of the O. Henry Museum, says contestants face off in two different challenges.

One gives competitors five seconds to come up with a pun on a variety of topics including “politics,” “food” and “body parts.”

The other requires contestants to freestyle a 90-second original piece that they’ve prepared ahead of time.

Although puns can’t be reused and hemming and hawing is strictly forbidden, Bennett says some punsters can last as long as 20 minutes before “punning out of steam.”

The top punster wins a trophy shaped like the rear end of a horse and the satisfaction of “punning out on top.”

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