Bay Area Pun-Off: November 10th, 2018

November 10


07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Haight Street Art Center

215 Haight St

San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102

Some say it’s an affliction; we call it “comedy…”

The Bay Area Pun-Off is a semi-monthly sold-out San Francisco comedy staple: holding together a diverse community of wordplayers and countless unfortunate bystanders (and sitters). Bolstered by groans, eye rolls, and the ever-sought-after double-handed facepalm, we enter our 3rd year with equal parts ironic triumph and gleeful apology.

At the Pun-Off, we are proud to invite you to celebrate the contagious power of the pun, the lowest form of comedy and the highest form of intellect; a prized tool of parents, kindergarten teachers, Facebook trolls, and Witzelsucht patients everywhere!

Doors open at 6:30 pm // Main events start promptly at 7:00pm

AUDIENCE: please get a General Admission ticket.

PERFORMERS/COMPETITORS: Performer tickets are discounted and come with a free drink!

Prepared Puntificators will open the evening with a non-competitive showcase of original punning on a topic of their choosing – Please keep it under 2 minutes.

Please grab a Prepared Puns (Puntificator) ticket.

Punslingers will battle fellow punsters in lightning rounds of freestyle punning on a given category*, following a full audience warm-up. Last punster standing gets an official hand-mei-made trophy, in addition to bragging rights (if you really want to call ’em that…)

Please enter the Punslinger competitor ticket lottery. The lottery will be open for two weeks. Competitors will be drawn from this pool. You’ll then have a window of time to purchase your competitor ticket. Those names not drawn will have the option to purchase an audience ticket. In the case of no-shows on PunOff night, the emcee will draw names to fill the empty spots.

We’ll send out an email to let you when all the names have been chosen so you can buy your ticket.

First timers very welcome – all rules will be explained and you will be well prepped at the event**.

Please grab a First Timer Only Punslinger competitor ticket. There are 3 spots reserved for first timers. Once they’re gone you may enter the Punslinger competitor lottery pool. (If the 3 spots are not filled by first timers, they will go to the general pool).

Finally, remember: At the Pun-Off, jokes don’t have to be funny, they just have to be puns.


The Pun-Off warmly encourages punsters of all backgrounds, identities, persuasions, and inclinations to attend.

People with alternative modes of personal transportation can and will be accommodated, and we encourage a scent free event – please be mindful with your colognes and perfumes.

If the price is a serious obstacle, please contact the organizer to inquire about options. We aim to turn away no puns and we enjoy the company of volunteers.

Please don’t contact the organizer for refunds or exchanges – our Facebook event page is a good place for such endeavors.

*All categories and rules subject to change.

**Seriously, this is the warmest crowd in town.

***This is a very silly event and the judge’s decisions are final.