Last night, Team Brokelyn joined up with Punderdome at Halyards bar to present a special sneak preview of the hottest card game of the summer: the Punderdome home game. We drank some gin and rummy cocktails, had some laughs, heard from our expert punel featuring John Pollack (author of The Pun Also Rises), Alex Petri (a punner and Washington Post columnist) and Jerzy Gwiazdowski (reigning O. Henry “Punniest of Show” champ) and got to try out the game before it’s on shelves.
Consider it cards against banality in a world where you want to harness the magic the gathering of friends can create. But don’t steal this game (you’ll end up in the pokey, mon! In solitaire confinement, no less): If you’ve got your hearts set on it, you can pre-order it online now or wait for it to come out on June 21 — and Brokelyn will have more copies to give away this summer so stay tuned! The competition might not phase 10 of your friends, but for the rest it will be war (u no what I mean?) and it’s good for anyone older than cribb age. We gathered a sampling of some of the puns made last night, so if you felt like an asshole for not attending, you can go fish for some ideas of how it works here. Now after all these card game puns I’m going to throw myself off a bridge in Cairo, but hopefully the Egyptian rats crew team will rescue me.
The game works by the dealer pulling two category cards together; players get 90 seconds to think of a pun connecting the two. Here’s a sampling (some of them you have to read out loud to get):
CAMPING and CELEBRITIES
Why did Kim Kardashian go camping?
I forgot to pack food for our trip! Hope Britney spears some fish.
The highlight of our 007-themed camping trip was Roger’s s’mores.
Where’s Justin’s vacation home?
COCKTAILS and BATHING
Highball glasses are Head & Shoulders above the rest.
For felines, it’s either liquor be licked.
Everytime I soap up in the shower, I get a real slippery nipple.
Drain that drink!
CLEANING and METALS
A, U — clean your room!
My least favorite chore is ironing.
CELINE DION and GOING TO THE BATHROOM
My fart will go on.
PRESIDENTS and WEATHER
I’m not totally against a female president in 2016; so far, the White House has been Reagen men.
CARBS and PHOTOGRAPHY
“I’m blinding by the flashing lights of the pastarazzi.” – Britney Spears
Say “grilled cheese!”
If you’re traveling with too much camera equipment, baguette up!
FOOD and BEAUTY
When I eat too much sugar, my lipstick together
The food pyramid is the foundation of our diet.
I applied the powder to my cheek with a pancake.
DANCING and JEWELRY
Watch me whip
Watch me nae nae
It’s just a little ring around the rosie.
The bass at the club was so loud, it pierced my ears.
Our least favorite choreo in ballet was the b-agate-elles (Ed note: I don’t get this one but it seems smart so we’re keeping it!)
HOLIDAYS and CRYING
Tax season: when you’re always looking for the de-duct-ibles.
I was brought to tears by the MTA: No L, No L!
New Tears Day :(
What did the circus performer cry on his birthday? Tears of a clown.
CANDY and COMMUTING
When bubblegum goes to work, it takes the chew chew train.
When I’m in a rush, I really Skittle-daddle.
My dentist told me: “I Amtraking your sugar intake.”
The MTA can really be a sucker sometimes.
Parting is such sweet taro.
The MTA is always playing Twix on us.
I heard they’re saying 100 Grand on the L train.
FIGHTING and THE BEATLES
“All you need is glove,” said the boxer.
You say goodbye, I say K.O.
WRITING and ANATOMY
His body of work required no appendix.
The bookshelf was quite cowardly; it lacked spine.
In church, they make you use a special pen: a pew Bic.
The penis mightier than the sword.
Got your own puns? Add them to the comments!
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