at The Toff in Town


What do the Oscar Wilde, Snoop Dogg, BuzzFeed writers and your grandpa have in common? The love of puns!

Last year’s Pundemonium was tense, but now that’s past … ahem … it’s time to present another. This time, we invite six of our punniest friends to The Toff in Town to unleash their most gasp-inducing, groan-generating and perhaps even mind-altering feats of linguistic linguine.

Come along to hear brilliant displays of wit, whimsy and wisecrack as we scale the heights of the lowest form of humour. Two teams of pun-o-holics will battle it out in fast and loose rounds, hosted by punmaster Richard Higgins. Who will truly pwn the pun?

Perhaps it’ll even be you: enthusiastic pun-ters will have their moment to shine, too. Because you’re word it.

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Portrait of Richard Higgins

Richard Higgins

Richard Higgins is a comedy writer and performer. He is one half of comedy duo The Listies, with Matt Kelly. The most recent show they made was called 'Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark' to the dismay of English teachers throughout Australia.

Portrait of David Astle

David Astle

David Astle is a full-time word nerd. You may know his loud shirts from SBS’s Letters and Numbers. Or his black-and-white boxes in Friday’s Age. He’s also the author of Wordburger (How to be a champion puzzler in 20 quick bites), plus Riddledom, Puzzled and Cluetopia. His favourite word is ‘acrobat’.

Portrait of Jessica Knight

Jessica Knight

Jessica Knight is a Melbourne based feminist, writer, poet and artist. She won a Creative Partnerships grant in 2014. She is the author of a book of poetry called Tongue Between Teeth. Her writing has been published in The Victorian Writer, and her artwork was shown in 2014 in a group exhibition at D11 Docklands, called Paper Dolls

Portrait of Elizabeth Flux

Elizabeth Flux

Elizabeth Flux is a freelance writer and editor whose fiction and nonfiction work is widely published. She is an editor for Melbourne City of Literature’s Reading Victoria series. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, was a judge for the Scribe Prize, was the winner of the inaugural Feminartsy Fiction Prize, and her short story ‘One’s Company’ was selected for Best Australian Stories 2017.

Portrait of Michael Rowland

Michael Rowland

Michael Rowland is the co-presenter of ABC TV’s News Breakfast. He is a former ABC Washington correspondent, covering stories ranging from the 2008 presidential election to the eruption of the global financial crisis and returned to the US to cover the 2012 and 2016 elections. Michael has also reported from Indonesia, Cuba, Turkey and India. He spent five years covering federal politics and has also reported on state politics around the nation. He also has extensive experience covering business and economics. Michael is President of the Melbourne Press Club.

Portrait of Jane Clifton

Jane Clifton

Jane Clifton is an actor, singer, author and genuine show-business all-rounder.

Portrait of Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper. He has won the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nation’s Media Peace Award. He is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen.


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