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The DC Improv and Dupont Underground team up to bring you live comedy underneath Dupont Circle! Watch or participate in the DMV's very own pun competition. Two ways to compete ...

July 25


The DC Improv is teaming up with Dupont Underground, a great cultural nonprofit that is transforming the old trolley station under Dupont Circle into one of Washington's coolest performance spaces. Check out this show, just a few blocks north from the Improv. (Please note that all ticketing is handled by Dupont Underground. Tickets go on sale June 30 at

All puns intended! Come enjoy the DMV's very own pun competition. The night features two contests -- one where contestants write the puns in advance, and one where puns are made up on the spot. Win either contest and you can go home with some prizes. This event is produced by Laura Powell, the host of #ManicPunday on Twitter and a veteran of the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship.

Pun Battle (up to 10 spots)

Listen to Pun Battle examples on our podcast. Write a “pun soliloquy” –- a two-minute, pun-packed speech riffing on a single theme. (You choose your own theme; watch the videos for some examples.) Up to 10 people get to present their masterpiece, and judges will pick a winner based on quality of punditry, delivery and overall impression made. If you're interested in competing, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Limited spots are available.

The Punger Games (up to 24 spots)

The night ends with a quick-draw tournament, in which up to 24 puntestants face off in punder and lightening rounds. Competitors have to come up with puns on a dime, making 'cents' of a given theme. The last punster standing in each round moves on to the next quarter... or semi ... or final. Anyone in attendance can compete. You can sign up on site when you arrive.

About the Prodcuers

Dupont Underground 

"The Dupont Underground is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization committed to developing a multidisciplinary platform for creative expression. ​We are transforming a public work – the subterranean streetcar station in Dupont Circle – into a new public infrastructure to support creative exchange, contemporary arts practice, and an ongoing conversation about the city." Check them out online.

Laura Powell 

Laura Powell is the producer of Beltway Pundits. The veteran travel journalist first displayed her proclivity for punditry as a writer/producer for CNN, where her scripts for feature stories were regularly met with eye rolls. From such humble origins, Laura has gone on to compete in the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, where she notched a Top Ten finish. She is also the creator of #ManicPunday on Twitter and Pundit-in-Chief for