HOWEVER, we are still looking for some competing PUNSTERS! We will reserve a seat for you -- on stage -- for free! Just send Tom Campbell an email at regulatorbookshop(at)gmail(dot)com explaining why you should be one of the 24 contenders for the title, Durham's PUNSTER OF THE YEAR, and you may be one of the lucky punsters chosen -- and a special seat (up on stage) will be reserved for you!


Sunday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. at Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave

*Please note location and time: this is a ticketed event:

Announcing the 2018 Great Durham Pun Championship!

If you love puns, you're going to want to be at Motorco Music Hall (723 Rigsbee Ave.) on Sunday February 18 at 7:30 p.m., for the start of the fabulous 2018 edition of The Great Durham Pun Championship.

Tickets ($15.00 each) are now on sale through the Motorco website:  Get your tickets soon. The last two pun contests sold out early!

Come on out to enjoy an evening of spirited fast-paced word play at a truly World Class Event!** Friends, family, and innocent bystanders are welcome.

We are looking for a few more punsters as well!  

We have space for 15 more contestants who can stand the heat. You knead to be good, and fast, ‘cause we expect to get a rise out of the wit and wisdom of all of our contestants. It’s all or muffin! Willing to take whisks? Then we want a piece of you! Email us, by Tuesday, January 30th at regulatorbookshop(at)gmail(dot)com and send us proof -- briefly tell us why we should pick you to be a contender.

Here's a quick run-down of the way the contest works:

Pundamonium will reign! We'll start the evening with 24 contestants, and several subjects to pun off  of competitively. A couple of hours later the last pun person standing will be crowned the Pun Master of Durham (a.k.a Punster of the Year, or P.O.T.Y). Order will again be maintained by "Judge" George Gopen, PhD, JD, Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Rhetoric at Duke. With a name like GoPun....

** No less an authority than Mental Floss magazine listed The Great Durham Pun Championship first (!) in the world in an article entitled "3 Epic Pun Contests." Runner-ups were contests in London, England and Austin Texas. See for yourself (and view some great footage from Pun Championships past) at


Event date: 
02/18/2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Ave.
Durham, NC