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Away with Words : An Irreverent Tour Through the World of Pun Competitions

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 16mm | 208g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062495607
  • 9780062495600
  • 16,041

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Relentlessly hilarious, mercilessly self-aware, and consistently compassionate,Away with Words isn't just a chronicle of competitive punning but alsoa story about discovering where you belong and claiming your destiny. -- Josh Gondelman, coauthor of You Blew It People often dismiss puns and punsters out of hand, but Joe Berkowitz reveals the best for who they really are - quirky, creative and often truly brilliant. -- John Pollack, former Presidential Speechwriter for Bill Clinton and author of The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics If competitive pun-makers can be heroes, Away with Words tells the taleof a hero's journey. -- Jo Firestone, cocreator of Punderdome 3000 I love Joe Berkowitz's writing. He combines a down-to-earth, sometimes skeptical eye with a fantastic sense of humor and a true joy in creativity. He's a cool dude because he's also a nerd par excellence. Of course he became obsessed with puns. Get into his wordy weird brain and enjoy yourself -- Sara Benincasa, author of Real Artists Have Day Jobs This funny little book results from Berkowitz's yearlong dive into the subculture of pun competitions. Of most fun is Berkowitz sharing in detail his own nerve-wracking performance at the World Championships, as well those of his competitors. Recommended for passionate readers of books about words and wordplay. -- Library Journal [Away with Words is] low wit in its highest form...Mr.Berkowitz is sensitive throughout to the evanescence and contingency of punning and to the fleeting chemistry of a live pun-on-pun matchup crackling with energy. -- Wall Street Journalshow more

Back cover copy

In this immersive ride into the subversive world of pun competitions, we meet punsters weird and wonderful, and Joe is our tour guide. His search to discover just who is making all this wordplay, and why, leads him to the professional comedians 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 Brooklyn punsters, he finally heads to Austin to compete in the World Championships. Of course, in befriending these comic misfits he ends up learning that once you start thinking in puns, you discover them everywhere--and once you embrace words with multiple meanings, you become a more authentic version of yourself.show more

About Joe Berkowitz

Joe Berkowitz Joe Berkowitz is an editor and staff writer at Fast Company, covering entertainment and pop culture. He is the coauthor of You Blew It. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and an ideal tuxedo cat.show more

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