“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 the transition from stage to virtual. As a result, ’Dome punticipants now include Bonafide Pun Champions from NYC and beyond; Champs from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, the UK, 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 pun-stand-up routines, after only two minutes of preparation! PUNDERDOME® Champs Lingo Star, Daft Pun, The Pink Punther, Punder Enlightening, Insta Grammar, and The Other Pun, AS WELL AS Australian Champ Sir Arthur Pundragon, Malaysian Champ The Pun Tickler, and UK Champs Punball Wizard and The Pun Lovin’ Criminal 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 composed of 3 Celebrity Punners AND 3 PUN Contest Winners from the Punderdome Facebook Page!
  • 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

Punderdome Reviews:

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 Action Against Hunger.

photo credit: Martin Lei

Link to streaming event will be sent with ticket confirmation.