Join the fun on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Downtown Hilton.
Moved indoors to the Downtown Hilton
Due to the possibility of rain over the weekend, the Downtown Hilton has graciously provided indoor space for the championship.
“Lend us and ear and we’ll give you more corn,” was how those who attended the first O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships were welcomed in 1977. Shucks! Now, 42 years later the Pun-Off continues to a-maize people with wacky wordplay and home groan wit from powerful punsters who are out standing in their field.
The 42nd Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Downtown Hilton, located at 500 E. Fourth Street, Austin, Texas, next to Brush Square, from 11 AM – 6 PM. The event will be held on the 6thfloor. Join the Parks Department at the Downtown Hilton, for the highest celebration of the lowest form of humor—the pun—on a day filled with live music, a used-book sale, food trucks, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the book sale and donations support the Brush Square Museums Foundation for educational and restoration projects of the O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson museums. Enjoy wacky wordplay from competitive punsters!
For media interviews or puns, contact David Gugenheim, Pun-Off Producer at 1-512-974-1398 or 1-512-974-3832
For information about the O. Henry Pun-Off event call 512-974-1398. Please note that registrations to compete is closed, but the waiting list is still open. To get onto the waiting list, sign in at the registration table on the 6th floor between 10 AM and 11 AM.
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