The UK Pun Championships
A total sell out for the past 4 years, The UK Pun Championships returns to De Montfort Hall on Punday (er, Monday) 12th February. Celebrating the great British pun with contestants from across the UK. “A pantomime atmosphere.” (Chortle)
The competition is a major part of Leicester Comedy Festival and links with the crazy phenomenon which is #UKPunDay (which attracted over 30 million impressions on twitter in 2017).
The live show follows the format of a rap battle and takes place in a boxing ring surrounded by the audience who sit in the round. Topics are picked randomly on the night and competitors then take it in turns to pun about that particular topic. Audiences vote for their favourite pun (by way of woops & cheers) and the winner goes through to the next round. After a full evening of pun based comedy, 2 finalists then fight it out until a winner is crowned.
The 2018 contestants are:
Colin Leggo Iain MacDonald
EL Baldiniho Samantha Baines
Julian Lee Tim Andrews
Adele Cliff Robert Thomas
For info on past winners, current contestants and video clips see the UK Pun Championship website