While today might feel like any other Monday, it is in fact, UK PunDay 2021.
The event, started by the Leicester Comedy Festival, returns for its seventh year – and you can get involved.
Created following the cult success of the UK Pun Championships, UK PunDay is Britain’s first and only national day celebrating puns.
Pun fans around the country are encouraged to share their best, and worst, puns on social media, using hashtag #UKPunDay.
Usually, the UK Pun Championships would take place on this day, but due to current restrictions, it has been postponed. Don’t worry though, it will return later this year along with the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition.
This year the annual rap battle will be replaced by a live UK Pun Off bringing all the one-liner fun straight to your front room.
The last four winners of the UK Pun Championships, Adele Cliff (2020), Colin Leggo (2019), Robert Thomas (2018) and Lovdev Barparga (2017), will be joined by Iain MacDonald (semi-finalist 2017) and Julian Lee (finalist 2017 and 2018) to battle it out for pun supremacy and try to take home the trophy of the first annual UK Pun Off tournament.
It’s up to the online audience to decide the winner and choose their favourite puns in the process.
The event will take place from 7pm until 8pm tonight. As it is a live event, it will not be available to watch after the advertised start time.
Entry costs £5 per household, and tickets can be bought via the Leicester Comedy Festival website here.
All Leicester Comedy Festival events this year are viewable thanks to a new deal with NextUp Comedy, the Festival’s official streaming partner.