Punslinger Competitor Lottery (I’ve competed before at the Bay Area Pun-Off - if not selected for lottery, this ticket acts as general admission)
First Time Competitor (I’ve never competed before and I want to compete! Also a lottery. If not selected, acts as general admission)
Prepared Puntificator (I wish to perform a prepared piece)
Worldwide Puns launched the Bay Area Pun-Off in January 2016, when forty willing and witty friends crammed into a living room in Oakland, CA for an experiment that shameless pun enthusiast Jonah Spear gleefully dubbed, “Get Thee to a Punnery, The First Ever Bay Area Pun-Off!”
As a vibrant pun-slinging community sprang to life in San Francisco, “BAPO,” as it came to be called by regulars, enjoyed good press from Wired Magazine, The Guardian, and several other local outlets. We also formed loving and moewtually beneficial relationships with local orgs doing great work like SPUR and Litquake.
Now, back from the live-show hiatus (actually, our audiences love us) and bolstered by the feeling of camaraderie, community, and joy at this event, BAPO has rebranded, streamlined, and, relaunched, expanding up and down the west coast, creating new partnerships with venues in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
The pun-off is an all ages show that may still have some adult content like racy topics or grown-up words - and we’re an inclusive and warm show which means we aim for comedy that doesn’t punch down. Underneath the comedy event appearance of Worldwide Puns shows, we’re really a community project aimed at connection, celebration, and joy - a radical act in today’s often dark seeming world. We’re reworking what competition looks like and indulging in some serious and silly punnery in the process.
Support acts are subject to change without refund.
Proof of Vaccination: NOT required for entry.
Proof of Negative Test: NOT required for entry.
Masks: Staff and patrons are not required to wear masks though many do. Touring artists often request that patrons in close proximity wear masks. We recomend bringing a mask if you are able. We remain respectful to artists, staff, and patron's comfort level and safety.
--COVID Warning: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. You assume all risks, hazards, and dangers arising from or relating in any way to the risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other communicable disease or illness, whether occurring before, during, or after the event, however, caused or contracted, and voluntarily waive all claims and potential claims against the Event Organizers, and their affiliated companies relating to such risks. You expressly agree to comply with all laws and the rules of the Event Organizers when attending the event.
**The health screening protocols above are subject to change per show at the artist’s request. Any show specific changes will be updated via email prior to the show. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.**
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