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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.

Featuring

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. Richard was co-convener of the alternative comedy an... Read more

David Astle

Alias DA on Friday’s puzzle page in the Age, David Astle is a lifelong wordsmith, writer, columnist and ABC broadcaster. His latest book – Rewording The Brain – explores the neural benefits of crosswords. You can catch him on Evenings most weeknights, or flapping a dictionary on SB... Read more

Jessica Knight

Jessica Knight is a writer based in Melbourne.

Elizabeth Flux

Elizabeth Flux is an award-winning writer and editor whose fiction and nonfiction work has been widely published. She is a judge for the 2019 Award for and Unpublished Manuscript for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and is an editor for Melbourne City of Literature’s ‘Reading Victoria... Read more

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 rep... Read more

Jane Clifton

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

Well-travelled, urbane and witty, Jane is a solver of cryptic crosswords and is in constant demand as MC, performer and trivia quiz mistress (not to mention marriage celebrant).

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen is an award-winning journalist, biographer, poet and screenwriter. He is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper and editor-in-chief of Schwartz Media. He is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, On Kate Jennings and The Prosperity Gospel. His first collect... Read more

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The Toff in Town

Level 2, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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