I spent the late morning working on The Downtown Writers Jam when I came across a Wall Street Journal article about an event called Pundamonium, the pun slam, which is put on by Modern Antics. Instead of doing my work, I spent the next 30 minutes watching videos and doing “research.” Here’s how the Pundamonium home page describes the event.
One by one, 10 contestants have two minutes each to make puns based on prompts they have received ahead of time. Each contestant is immediately judged by five members of the audience, who have been selected before the show to be judges. They rank each punner on a scale of 1 to 10, often with hilariously long decimals and other commentary.
Then they do it again, only this time contestants get their prompts on stage and only have 30 second to think and another two minutes to make puns.
The top four contestants go head to head in a final pun-off.
Pundamonium is in 4 cities right now: