Punderdome®: NYC’s (and America’s) Comedy PUN Compuntition!

Punderdome®: NYC’s (and America’s) Comedy PUN Compuntition!


“NYC's hilarious cult-favorite pun competition ... both an endearingly homemade and impressively high-caliber show.” – The New York Times

Part of NYC’S comedy landscape since 2011, the PUNDERDOME® is the wild & crazy pun compuntition created by a “Rodney Dangerfield impersonator” and his alleged daughter (Fred and comedian Jo Firestone). The alleged dad will be hosting tonight’s virtual show.

Twelve pun-masters will punticipate in a spontaneous pun-making tournament – including several Punderdome® Champs AS WELL AS punsters who earn a spot by winning a Facebook Pun Contest (PUNtest) leading up to the show. The night’s events will also include “Can You Beat a ‘Dome Champ?” where a challenger gets a decided advantage in punning one-on-one with a ‘Dome Champ of their choosing.

Since our first live show, pun-masters have been determined by the “Human Clap-O-Meter” who “accurately and scientifically” assessed levels of audience applause. In the virtual arena, the Human Clap will necessarily need to be modified, however, it will remain conceptually recognizable: “We the people” will still decide! Surveys will take the place of hearing ability (or lack thereof) – no longer will the Human Clap be called out, demeaned and forced to endure short and long-term emotional distress!

GQ Magazine shouted the Punderdome® as one of the “5 Funniest Nights in America,” and quoted comedian Chris Gethard on why it’s great: “The crowd. You’d think you were at the Roman Colosseum. They’re passionate, to a level that feels dangerous. And to reiterate, this is a pun competition.”

10% of donations/tickets will go to Coalition For The Homeless.

Link to streaming event will be sent with ticket confirmation.


“The lowly pun has long been considered the bottom-feeding bristle worm of the comedy world ….. That has changed with the arrival of Punderdome, a now monthly event that has turned punning into a high-functioning competition that is equal parts stand-up, beat poetry ….” - The New York Post

“Can you imagine a more potent cure for the weekday blues? Here was concentrated, unabashed silliness that I longed to bottle and smuggle out in my purse.” - The New Yorker

“The 5 Best Things To Do In NYC Tonight” - CBS New York

photo credit: Martin Lei

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