Terms & Conditions
We hosted our first PUNdemonium Tournament last December, and we learned A LOT! We took feedback from our contestants, and will be implementing as many of their suggestions as we can this year.
DISCLAIMER: This list of rules is a living document as we navigate the year leading up to the championship. Check back regularly for updates. We will not make drastic changes to the qualification requirements unless absolutely necessary.
Qualifying for the Tournament
To qualify for the tournament, you must win an Idaho Pun Slam between January 1, 2022, and December 1, 2022.
NOTE: Our 2021 tournament included all finalists from previous pun slams. Moving forward, only pun slam winners will be invited to the tournament. This is due to event logistics. (It is much easier to organize an event for 11 winners than it is for 22 finalists!)
Winning an Idaho Pun Slam
Each Idaho Pun Slam has 10 contestant spots available at a first come, first served basis. Entry starts at 6pm the night of the event. Anyone 18+ can compete. Contestants do not have to pay admission to the event. At present, contestant spots cannot be reserved ahead of time. (That may change this year.)
The structure of the pun slam is as follows:
Round 1: Arrive at 6pm the night of the Slam to receive your topic. We will provide you with a pen and notepad. You will have an hour to write as many puns as you can on the given topic. You will have 2 minutes on stage to tell as many of your puns as you can. You may read your notes on stage. At the end of your time, audience judges will give you a score of 1-10.
Round 2: At the beginning of the first intermission, you will receive your second topic. You will have the duration of intermission (about 10 minutes) to write as many puns as you can. You will have 2 minutes on stage. You may read your notes on stage. Audience judges will give you a score of 1-10.
Round 3: At the end of Round 2, we will add your scores from the first and second rounds. The top 2 puntestants will face off in a head-to-head slam. Both puntestants will come on stage and draw a topic together. They have 30 seconds to think, and 2 minutes to fire puns back and forth. The audience judges vote for who they think did best. The puntestant with the most votes wins.
Winning an Idaho Pun Slam qualifies you to compete in the PUNdemonium Tournament. Date TBD.
NOTE: Once you win an Idaho Pun Slam in the 2022 Season, you may not win a subsequent in the season. You may still perform puns at the Idaho Pun Slam throughout the year. However, we will not collect scores for you and you cannot compete in Round 3. This is to encourage newcomers to join the fray.
Pun Slam Prizes
The winners and finalists of the Idaho Pun Slam receive a punny prize from the Treasure Chest, and whatever else we decide to put together that month. We hope to offer bigger prizes as our operations grow.
We have one rule for our stage: Hate speech will not be tolerated at Idaho Pun Slam events. Use of derogatory terms for marginalized groups will result in immediate disqualification. Determined at the discretion of the Idaho Pun Slam.
We want our event to be fun and welcoming to everyone! Thank you for helping us ensure the pun slam is a safe place for our community to have fun.