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Away with Words: An Irreverent Tour Through the World of Pun Competitions (vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Joe Berkowitz (Tekijä)

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Fast Company reporter Joe Berkowitz investigates the bizarre and hilarious world of pun competitions from the Punderdome 3000 in Brooklyn to the World competition in Austin. When Joe Berkowitz witnessed his first Punderdome competition, it felt wrong in the best way. Something impossible seemed to be happening. The kinds of jokes we learn to repress through social conditioning were not only being aired out in public--they were being applauded. As it turned out, this monthly show was part of a subculture that's been around in one form or another since at least the late '70s. Its pinnacle is the O. Henry Pun Off World Championship, an annual tournament in Austin, Texas. As someone who is terminally self-conscious, Joe was both awed and jealous of these people who confidently killed with the most maligned form of humor. In this immersive ride into the subversive world of pun competitions, we meet punsters weird and wonderful and Berkowitz is our tour guide. Puns may show up in life in subtle ways sometimes, but once you start thinking in puns you discover they're everywhere. Berkowitz's search to discover who makes them the most, and why, leads him to the professional comedian competitors on @Midnight, a TV show with a pun competition built into it, the writing staff of Bob's Burgers, the punniest show on TV, and even a humor research conference. With his new unlikely band of punster brothers, he finally heads to Austin to compete in the World Championship. Of course, in befriending these comic misfits he also ended up learning that when you embrace puns you become a more authentic version of yourself.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:BraveNewBks
Teoksen nimi:Away with Words: An Irreverent Tour Through the World of Pun Competitions
Kirjailijat:Joe Berkowitz (Tekijä)
Info:Harper Perennial (2017), 291 pages
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Arvio (tähdet):****
Avainsanoja:biography-memoir, kindle-books, new-york, nonfiction

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If you're going to read about obsessive word play competitions, I'd recommend Word Freak on Scrabble competitions instead. That's an experience. This book is reasonably well written, but once you know what competitive punning is about, there's not much more to learn. I did enjoy the discussion of the TV shows @Midnight and Bob's Burgers, where the puns were/are actually funny. But what this mainly demonstrates, over and over, is that generating puns in high quantity in short time does not lead to anything all that interesting. ( )
1 ääni ChrisRiesbeck | Jan 11, 2020 |
Some people like puns. Some people hate puns. And some people absolutely LOVE them. AWAY WITH WORDS is about the third group.
Last fall, my daughter and daughter-in-law gave my husband a game called Punderdome. Two words are drawn from a deck and the players have a short time to think of puns utilizing those words. The winners are those who come up with the best ones. Our pun party was very lively and a lot of fun.
Punderdome is also the name for a Brooklyn-based pun competition, one of several such gatherings in the US. Jay Berkowitz is an active participant. AWAY WITH WORDS tells how the competitions are formed, how they operate, and how people prepare to compete in them. It’s a lot more intense than most people would expect.
The participants get to know each other because of their frequent interaction. Many of the punsters work as writers for tv shows, movies, or newspapers or comedians. Some newspapers thrive on utilizing puns in their headlines and stories. At the competitions, a category is announced and the contestants have ninety seconds to come up with as many puns as they can. They then present them to live audiences and are judged by the audience’s response.
The latter half of the book has many examples of winning (and some not so funny) entries.
Since there is so much overlap among the competition and the competitors, the book does become repetitious ( )
1 ääni Judiex | Jan 10, 2019 |
Bill Watterson, in his Calvin and Hobbes strip, gave Calvin magazines on gum chewing to mock the niche magazine industry (An exchange...Hobbes: "I can't believe there's a magazine for gum chewers." Calvin: "Heck, there must be at least a dozen such magazines. ... Each appeals to a different faction. 'Chewing is high gloss, literate and sophisticated. 'Gum Action' goes for the gonzo chewers. 'Chewers Illustrated' aims at the vintage gum collectors, and so on. ... Each one encourages you to think you belong to an elite clique, so advertisers and appeal to your ego and get you to cultivate an image that sets you apart from the crowd. It's the divide and conquer trick." {excited face}. H: "I wonder what happened to the melting pot." C: "There's no money in it.") Obscure? I read Joshua Foer's book Moonwalking with Einstein, in part about extreme memory competitions. Talk about obscure...

And then there's this...about pun competitions.

I am an inveterate punster (yes, I could have said in vertebrate...), so when I saw this, I had to read it. It was painful. I love a well-crafted story leading up to a beautiful groaner of a pun. These competitions are about rapid fire punning to random categories. The champs groan them out and the audience response clap-o-meter determines who wins them. Berkowitz litters his narrative with examples.

Painful.

I'll stick to my Feghoots. ( )
1 ääni Razinha | Mar 8, 2018 |
I really love this kind of microhistory (I think that might be the correct genre?). Basically I love learning about tiny niche hobby communities and the people who inhabit them. And this is the nichest of the niche -- who even knew pun competitions existed? I certainly didn't, despite having lived for several years apparently just a short distance from one of the main sites of such competitions in Brooklyn, NY. And there's another site in Milwaukee? I repeat, who knew?

When I get a chance, I will sit down and rewrite this review to contain a suitable number of puns. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at being punny on the fly. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Aug 8, 2017 |
At the end of the author's year-long exploration of puns and competitive punning, he felt somewhat let down and was ready for a break from wordplay. I kept asking myself why anyone would ever feel anything but let down after spending a year working at pun-making. It's supposed to be fun! ( )
  nmele | Jun 28, 2017 |
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Fast Company reporter Joe Berkowitz investigates the bizarre and hilarious world of pun competitions from the Punderdome 3000 in Brooklyn to the World competition in Austin. When Joe Berkowitz witnessed his first Punderdome competition, it felt wrong in the best way. Something impossible seemed to be happening. The kinds of jokes we learn to repress through social conditioning were not only being aired out in public--they were being applauded. As it turned out, this monthly show was part of a subculture that's been around in one form or another since at least the late '70s. Its pinnacle is the O. Henry Pun Off World Championship, an annual tournament in Austin, Texas. As someone who is terminally self-conscious, Joe was both awed and jealous of these people who confidently killed with the most maligned form of humor. In this immersive ride into the subversive world of pun competitions, we meet punsters weird and wonderful and Berkowitz is our tour guide. Puns may show up in life in subtle ways sometimes, but once you start thinking in puns you discover they're everywhere. Berkowitz's search to discover who makes them the most, and why, leads him to the professional comedian competitors on @Midnight, a TV show with a pun competition built into it, the writing staff of Bob's Burgers, the punniest show on TV, and even a humor research conference. With his new unlikely band of punster brothers, he finally heads to Austin to compete in the World Championship. Of course, in befriending these comic misfits he also ended up learning that when you embrace puns you become a more authentic version of yourself.

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