Once a month at Littlefield, a performance and art space in Brooklyn, there’s a very popular event hosted by comedian Jo Firestone and her father, Fred, called Punderdome 3000. It’s a competition where contestants write puns surrounding a chosen topic in a winner-takes-all tournament. The winners are chosen based on a human Clap-o-Meter, which measures the crowd’s reaction. The live event has proven so successful that its creators have decided to make an at-home card version.
The game play in Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers is similar to Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, only with puns and wordplay. A prompter, or judge, draws two cards from the deck—a noun and an action phrase. After reading the cards to the group, each player has 90 seconds to come up with a single, groan-worthy pun that combines the two cards.
For example: If the prompter draws “carbonated drinks” and “watching movies” cards, then you’d write something like, “Man, watching The Revenant made me soda-pressed!” or “I guess Snake Plissken didn’t Pepsi that with his good eye!” (We apologize for that.) When time is up, the prompter picks the best/worst pun and awards the player with the prompt card. Then the position of prompter rotates to the next player and the competition starts up again. The first player with 10 cards wins the game.
Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers, which will be released in July, will retail for $20, but is available at Amazon now for pre-order for $12.