November 10
Pun DMV
Main Room / the DMV's pun competition
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For this event, upon arriving at the venue patrons must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID test result (no more than 72 hours old) to be admitted to the venue. "Proof of full vaccination" can be either a completed vaccination card or a readable photo of your completed card, saved to your phone.

 

About the Show

 

Price: $6

When: Wednesday 7:30

Spotlight: Come out and wordplay! You're invited to watch or compete in Pun DMV, our pun contest. The night is hosted by Dana Fleitman, and it has two events. The winners of either contest get prizes from the Improv (and eternal glory)!

Featuring: Host Dana Fleitman, contestants TBA

 

Want to compete?

If you are interested in participating in the November 10 event, please let us know by completing the Google form at this link.

 

The Freestyle Event

Each competitor chooses a punning theme, then prepares in advance a two-minute speech packed with puns inspired by that theme. On the night of the show, the competitors deliver their speeches on stage. We'll pick a few finalists, based on quality of puns and overall delivery. Then the audience will decide the winner by cheering. If you'd like info on the Freestyle (or Pun DMV Remix) please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Confirmed contestants: Drew Morris, Jesse Rifkin, Marcia Van Camp, Alex Coleman, Aaron Schwartzbaum, JJ Janflone, Mudit Verma, Matthew Baker, Bob Siegel, Brian Sansoni, Wes Sholtes, Shane Gerbert

 

The Tournament Event

The Tournament is an on-the-spot punning tournament featuring up to 20 people. At the start of each match, contestants are given a theme. They then take turns making up puns on the spot. People are eliminated when they're stumped. The last person standing moves on to the next round (or victory)! Anyone in attendance can compete, and you can sign up on site when you arrive.

 

About the Performers

Dana Fleitman (official website) is a D.C. area comedienne who brings laughter to the joyless masses of our nation’s capital through her imaginative over-analysis of everyday life. Clever and sarcastic, Dana will merrily pontificate on groundbreaking and original topics like food, driving, and her pug. Dana is the regular host of the DC Improv's PUN DMV contest and produces and hosts comedy events with Grassroots Comedy DC. She has performed at venues including the Howard Theatre, Arch City Comedy Festival, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and She Devil Comedy Festival. She also produces and hosts themed holiday comedy shows in the District.

Pun DMV

Come out and wordplay! You're invited to watch or compete in Pun DMV. The night usually features two events, based on the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship.

In the Freestyle, each competitor chooses a punning theme, then prepares in advance a brief speech packed with puns inspired by that theme. On the night of the show, the competitors deliver their speeches on stage. We'll pick a few finalists, based on quality of puns and overall delivery. Then the audience will decide the winner by cheering. This event has around 10 competitors and participants are confirmed in advance.

The Tournament is on-the-spot punning battle featuring up to 20 people. At the start of each match, contestants get a theme. They then take turns making up puns on the spot. People are eliminated when they're stumped. The last person standing moves on to the next round (or victory)! Anyone can compete, and you can sign up during the show.