Worldwide Puns

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Format

PART I: PUNTIFICATORS

Prepared Pun Puntificators will open the evening with Original punning on a topic of their choosing - Please keep it to 2 minutes maximum. This is a non-judged portion of the evening.

 

PART II: PUNSLINGERS

Punslingers will battle fellow punsters in rounds of freestyle punning on a given category following a full audience warm-up. Last person standing gets an official handmade trophy, in addition to bragging rights (if you can call 'em that...). For the glory!

First round: Round Robin in one category with all pre-registered Punslingers. If there's room in the line-up the judge will call for on-the-spot slingers to join. This group will be reduced in number and split into two smaller groups.

Second Round(s): Two groups, each with their own category, will be further reduced in number.

Final Round: The final category is decided by the audience in a tip battle at the bar. The finalists battle it out until we have our winner!

punslinger Rules

Wait! What is a pun?!

The humorous use of a word or words in such a way as to suggest different meanings or applications

- OR - the use of words that have the same or nearly the same sound but different meanings.

 

RULE ONE:  Each contestant will have five beats to deliver a pun on the topic. If you haven’t started to deliver by that time you will be out. You then have 30 seconds to deliver. Extra-long set-ups are not usually necessary to get to the pun. Going over the time gets you a Yellow card (see below).

 

RULE TWO: Yellow card, Red card

Many a fine sport involves the use of yellow cards (a warning) and red cards (player sent off) including soccer, badminton, canoe polo, fencing, bandy, and now competitive punning.

 

First round - 1 Yellow card, then Red = you are out

Second round - 1 Yellow card, then Red = you are out

Final round - Sudden Death round, Red card = you are out

Unless time permits! Then we will keep 1 Yellow in the final.

 

*Your cards reset every round.

 

HOW TO GET CARDED

- You deliver something that's wordplay but not a pun (you'll then have 5 beats to immediately try again. Best have one ready in your back pocket, slingers!)

- You pun on a word already used that round (5 beats to try again)

- You go off topic (5 beats to try again)

- You go over the 30 second time limit

*A NOTE ON TOPICS/CATEGORIES: The judges reserve the right to further define or narrow the category during any round of play. If you push the boundaries of the category, be forewarned - push too far and you will make the judge add restrictions to the category. It’s okay to test the boundary - the first time will pass without a yellow card.  

  

 

RULE THREE: The "Hillary" Rule

You must use the majority of the syllables in the word in the pun.

2 syllable word = use both

3 or more syllables = use the majority

It's HILLARYous when you use as many syllables as you can.

 

OFFICIAL SOMETIMES-ENFORCED (WHEN THE PUNNING IS JUST SO DAMN GOOD THAT THIS HAS TO BE HARDER OR ELSE WE'LL NEVER GO HOME) EXTRA-ADVANCED RULES:

- Made up names: Clearly you made up that proper noun in order to force the pun.

- The "Kenny Cloggins" Rule of Forced Rhymes: You can't get away with just substituting the first letter (or adding a letter to the beginning) of the word that you’re purporting to pun on (for example, the category is shoes and you say "My favorite musician is Kenny CLOGgins").

- The "Reese's" Rule: Watch the derivatives, abbreviations and acronyms. Examples - once "Reese's Pieces" has been used, "Reese's" is out. Once "HR" has been used, "Human Resources" is out. Once "happy" has been used, "happiness" is out.

 

*Disclaimer: Judging puns is a very silly idea.