The O. Henry House Museum in Brush Square is the home of the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. The Museum is undergoing a complete restoration in 2021, Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax money at work. We are adding a mist fire suppression system and new HVAC units to preserve the original artifacts on display. The floors are being engineered to withstand the heavy foot traffic the little museum receives. All windows and doors are being fully restored. The building will undergo lead abatement and be painted in accordance with historic paint colors. New tree plantings, lighting, and security cameras will provide extra protection along with new fiber cabling and electricity. We are looking forward to welcoming the punsters back to Brush Square as soon as we can.


Our Official Definition of a pun: the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning.


We hope the contestants and those who vote for their favorite will keep this definition in mind. 

Official Rules:

~ 2021PunOff.com will be available for public viewing and voting by 11:00AM CDT October23,2021
~ Every contestant needs to submit a video of their Punniest of Show routine by 10/15/2021 at 11:59PM CTD.
~ Submitted videos which play longer than the maximum 120 seconds (2:00 minutes) will be disqualified and eliminated from the competition. This includes any self introduction.
~ You will be provided with a link to upload your video.
~ First, second, and third place winners will be chosen by the public vote and announced after voting closes on October 30th at 11:59PM CDT. 
~ In the event of a tie the production team will choose a winner.
~ Contestants will observe YouTube community standards and avoid slander, obscenity and hate speech as defined by YouTube. Overt racism, or other abuse will not be permitted.
~ Videos should be submitted in landscape (horizontal) orientation.
~ Please do not submit videos recorded at other pun competitions. You may reuse a script or concept you created and previously performed. 

Note:  A few spots will be reserved for previous winners but they must reply by Oct 1st, 2021 to
hold their slot.  Tip: If you have access to a microphone it would likely improve the audio quality over the one built
into a phone or camera