PUNDERDOME®: NYC’s (and the Globe’s) Comedy PUN Show! 1/7
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“NYC's hilarious cult-favorite pun competition ... both an endearingly homemade and impressively high-caliber show during which astute wordsmiths spin clever and very funny puns to a packed house.” – The New York Times
Founded by a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator and his alleged daughter (Fred and comedian Jo Firestone), the Punderdome’s live monthly show was a fixture on New York’s comedy landscape from May 2011 to March of last year, when the pandemic forced our transition from stage to virtual. As a result, ’Dome punticipants now include Bonafide Pun Champions from NYC and beyond; Champs from Australia, Canada, England and Malaysia, as well as from throughout the US regularly do the ’Dome.
Tonight’s Show will feature our Main Event - the All-Star Tournament of Pun Champions, where punsters deliver two-minute stand-up routines, after only two minutes of preparation. Punderdome Champs “Lingo Quar,” “Daft Pun,” “The Pink Punther,” “Punder Enlightening,” “Words Nightmare,” and “Punce DeLeon,” AS WELL AS Australian Champion “Sir Arthur Pundragon” and O.Henry Pun-Off Multi-Champ “The Quip Monk” will pun it out for ’Dome bragging rights and “As Seen on TV”-type prizes! And, that’s not all …
- We’ll play “Can You Beat a ’Dome Champ?” where a Challenger takes on a Punderdome Champ in a one-on-one pun-off. The Challenger gets 30 minutes prep time and the Champ gets NO time
- The show will kick off with the ’Dome PUN Battle Royale where six punsters enter and one remains
- There will be PPPPs (Previously Prepared Punderdome Parodies/Puntifications)
- At the Virtual Punderdome, winners are not determined by Ph.D.s in linguistics – audience voting decides the outcome
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.”
The New Yorker’s “Battle of Wits: A Report from the Punderdome”: “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.”
Swing American: “The intellect on display is stunning. Hardly a pun is repeated throughout the entire night. What Punderdome ends up achieving is the transformation of the delivery of the lowly pun to one of the greatest displays of human ingenuity contemporary New York has to offer."
10% of donations/tickets will go to Coalition For The Homeless.
photo credit: Martin Lei
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