Glasgow's First Annual Pun Contest Comes to the 02 ABC

Glasgow's First Annual Pun Contest Comes to the 02 ABC
It's a punderful life!

Theatre-maker and pun lover Gary McNair is bringing Glasgow's first annual pun contest to the O2 ABC on Sunday 29 June at 7pm.

"Champipunship" will see 8 contestants use quick thinking and word play in an attempt to be crowned the undisputed "Champipun of the Word".

As well as the sparkling wit on display, pun-themed music will be provided by local artists in the guise of Sigur Bros, Mumford & Sons 'n' Roses, Van Morrissey and Elaine Paige Against the Machine, amongst others.

The event is a fundraiser for Gary's forthcoming fringe show Donald Robertson is Not a Stand Up Comedian, which has been selected as part of the Traverse Theatre's festival line up this August.

Gary McNair says: "Taking work to the Edinburgh Fringe is always an incredible and worthwhile experience, especially when you are lucky enough to be selected among the other brilliant work to be showcased at the Traverse. However, the process can be expensive.

'Donald Robertson is Not a Stand Up Comedian ' will cost more than £10,000 to stage and will be completely self-funded. I know there are people out there who would want to support my work, so I decided to create an event that would give them some entertainment in return."

As Donald Robertson is Not a Stand Up Comedian is a coming of age story that deconstructs the darker side of comedy, a pun contest seemed like the perfect fundraiser, Gary says.

"I'm a fan of all kinds of humour. I strive to make work that is both funny and challenging and I think that comedy is at its best when it challenges something in society, but there is also a huge place in my heart for a simple, well-constructed one-liner that causes a proper chuckle. I can't wait to hear what the competitors can come up with. With this fundraiser, or "punraiser", if you will, we hope to generate a lot of laughs as well as cash."

Tickets are £10 and are available online and in person from the O2 ABC box office or go to:
Age restriction 14+

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