Hap-pun-ness is a worn pun
There’s an old entertainment maxim that says there is no show without pun-ch.
Punning may be the lowest form of wit, but anyone with a penchant for punishment and dad jokes should find the Pun Battle Championships coming to Palmerston North’s Royal Hotel on Saturday hard to resist.
The brilliant brain ‘‘fade’’ of Wellington drag king Hugo Grrrl, the New Zealand Pun Battle Championships have seen pun-slingers shooting from the lip in Auckland, ‘‘Wellingpun’’, Nelson and Christchurch, with ‘‘Pun-edin’’ still to come.
On Saturday night, it’s Pun-erston North’s chance for the city’s best and brightest tricksy tonguesters to turn on some wickedly witty word-play in the first of three sessions.
Grrrl, real name Genevieve Fowler, started the pun-omenon and also emcees, referees and helps judge the bouts.
‘‘The Pun Battle is the best and worst comedy show you’ll ever see, all in one.’’ So, was hap-pun-ness a worn pun? ‘‘As far as comedy goes you get a lot of bang for your buck. The laughter to dollar ratio is pretty bloody good. It’s one of my favourites – there’s so much joy and torture.’’
Pun battles take place in many parts of the world, and Fowler spent two years honing the concept at Wellington’s The Fringe Bar before launching it nationally.
During the first half of the showdown, a maximum of 12 contestants are drawn against each other one-on-one with a topic pulled from a hat.
They battle until someone stalls, reuses a pun or dries.
There were still places left and she invited anyone who enjoyed a twinge of cringe to take a pun-t and enter.
They could win cash for their efforts. The prize package of $1300 would be divvied up across the three city shows, with winners on the night receiving $100, and an MVP (Most Valuable Punner) award for the best line of the night.
Hugo Grrl with Auckland Pun Battle scorekeeper Sarita Das.