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Puntastic Champion Crowned at Leicester Comedy Festival

Kev Mud has been crowned this year’ s UK Pun Champion, following a battle of wits at the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Celebrating the great British pun with contestants from all across the UK, The UK Pun Championships returned last night (Monday, February 12) at De Montfort Hall, where Kev Mud, was crowned winner.

Leicester Time: Puntastic Champion Crowned at Leicester Comedy Festival
Picture: David Wilson Clarke / Crosscut Media

Joining Kev in the ring were: returning contestant Daniel Edison as well as new contenders Kat Dellar, Adam Dorr, Bennet Kavanagh, Kev Mud, Mary Cross, Pauline Eyre and Rabiah Coon. The event was hosted by Jason Byrne.

The newly crowned champion Kev Mud was delighted with the win and said: I feel really proud to be UK Pun Champion for 2024, I don’t usually write puns and I’ve only been going for just over a year, but comedy has given me the chance to make a lot of people laugh, and what’s better than that?’ Also, I live in a caravan and I couldn’t turn down a night of free heating.”

Some of the puns that helped Kev Mud take the crown were:

  • “I can’t go to the toilet without taking candles. I’m a party pooper.” –
  • “I was at a kid’s party and they said, “there’s an ice cream man outside’ but by the time I got out there he had melted”. 
  • “What do Pompeii and Kim Kardashian have in common? Nobody would have heard of them if it wasn’t for their massive ash! 
Leicester Time: Puntastic Champion Crowned at Leicester Comedy Festival
David Wilson Clarke / Crosscut Media

Since its introduction in 2014, The UK Pun Championships has become a huge part of Leicester Comedy Festival – Europe’s largest comedy gala and now in its 31st year.  A celebration of the great British pun, contestants enter from across the UK to compete in a battle that takes place in a real boxing ring, surrounded by a boisterous live audience.  

Host Jason Byrne picked topics at random on the night and competitors then took it in turns to pun about that particular subject.  The audience voted for their preferred pun by wooping and cheering and the favourite then went through to the next round.  Ultimately, the two finalists battled it out until the overall winner was crowned.

The 2023 winner Lee Brace attended the show to handover the Championship Belt to Kev Mud.