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The Wellington Pun Battle: Mini Tournament


Thu 1 Mar 2018, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Fri 2 Mar 2018, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 3 Mar 2018, 8:00pm–9:30pm

Where: The Fringe Bar, 26 Allen Street, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Semi Finals Fringe Addict Ticket: $15.00
  • Semi Finals Full Ticket: $17.00
  • Finals Fringe Addict Ticket: $17.00
  • Finals Full Ticket: $20.00
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Listed by: Hugo Grrrl

Get ready to groan! Wits have been sharpened, wea-puns will be wielded, funny bones may well be broken. Will our pun-dits pun-ble under the pressure? With a whopping total of over $1,500 (!) cash prize money on the line, you could say that the stakes are pun-ishing.

After a sold-out and truly cringe-worthy shows in 2017, the Wellington Pun Battle is back with a Fringe Festival mini-tournament and worse word-play than ever before. Come along and see the smartest alecks and wordiest nerds the Fringe Festival has to offer and battle it out in this intense and hilarious head-to-head pun-off.

Semi-Final #1: Thursday 1st March, 8pm.
Semi-Final #2: Friday 2nd March, 8pm.
Finals: Saturday 3rd March, 8pm.

Hosted by everyone’s favourite friendly neighbourhood transvestite, Mr. Hugo Grrrl.

Expect utter pundemonium as we decide once and for all if the pun is mightier than the sword. Because, as we all know, a good pun is its own re-word.


In the Thursday March 1st heat:
Frank Steven Grieve
Ella Borrie
Travis Cottreau
Ben Suisted
Peter Baillie
Aku Dalmia
Michael Ross
Anrik Drenth
Peter Fernando
Oliver Scripps
Lucy Croft

In the Friday March 2nd heat:
Lucy Roche
David Bowers-Mason
Matt Powell
Aaron Pyke
Susan Williams
Sanjay Parbhu
Thomas Francis Dorreen
Kieran Timms
Jerome Chandrahasen
Anastasia Matteini-Roberts
Advait Kirtikar

And don’t forget to stick around for Kareokie Dokie at 10.30pm on Friday March 2nd—a rough, ruckus, and truly stupid late-night karaoke competition at The Fringe Bar, featuring talent plucked fresh off the hottest festival shows.

Enter now. Why not give it a pun-t! There's $1,500 in prize money to be won. Are you a writer, improvisor, comedian, or are your friends just really sick of your incessant and unsolicited word-play? Come to a place where your genius will be appreciated. First in, first serve. DM Hugo Grrrl to secure your spot.

Graphic design by Pip Clark.

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