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Punderdome
A Card Game for Pun Lovers
By (author): Jo Firestone By (author): Fred Firestone
9781101905654 Game English General/trade Jun 21, 2016
$27.00 CAD
Active 3.6 x 5.6 x 2.4 in | 1.33 lb 200 pages Potter Clarkson Potter
GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Word & Word Search
From rising comedy superstar Jo Firestone, Punderdome is a lively judge-based card game in the spirit of Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity.

One part game, one part conversation starter, you don’t need to be a pun master to master Punderdome: the goal is to make bad jokes and have fun in the process. A player (the prompter for that round) draws two prompt cards from the deck, reading the prompts to the rest of the group, who have 90 seconds to create a single, groan-worthy pun that combines the two prompts.

When time is up, pun makers share their pun with the prompter, who awards the prompt cards to the player whose pun they like best. The winner then draws the next pair of prompt cards and the process repeats. Players win by obtaining 10 pairs of cards.

The card game is inspired by the live game show Punderdome 3000, created by our authors, father-daughter duo Jo and Fred Firestone. Since its start in 2011, Punderdome 3000 has become a cult favorite in Brooklyn nightlife.

TALENT TAKEOVER: Named to Vulture’s list of “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015,” Jo Firestone’s star is on the rise. She was just profiled by New York magazine as one of the leading forces in standup, and her visibility and platform are steadily growing due to her guest appearanes on shows like Broad City, her job as a staff writer on The Chris Gethard Show, and her work with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

EASY AND FUN: Like its cousins Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples, Punderdome is a judge-based party game anyone can pick up and master; being “punny” is less important than knowing the people you’re playing with and playing to their tastes.

WIDE APPEAL: The entertainment appeal of puns is universal. From college seminars to dive bars, from Shakespeare scholars to Eminem fans, Punderdome takes on the spirit of its participants.

JO FIRESTONE is a comedian and writer based in Brooklyn. Jo was recently named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s “30 Under 30” and a Comedy Central “Comic to Watch.” She is a regular contributor to The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion, and her radio show, Dr. Gameshow, can be heard every Monday night on New Jersey free form station, WFMU.

FRED FIRESTONE is a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for corporations across the country. His clients include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hewlett-Packard. In addition, he developed and hosted the “SATISFACTION” game show for Ford Motor Company. When he’s not working, he spends his time imitating Rodney Dangerfield and Matt Foley.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Marketing: Promotion on author’s website, Punderdome.com

Extensive promotion during the monthly Punderdome show

Exploring the possibility of partnering with a game distributor on community promotion 

Social promotion on the show’s popular Facebook page 

Extensive pre-pub mailing to game reviewers, bloggers, and pop culture editors 

“Infomercial” video trailer created for online distribution 

Outreach to both the comedy and game communities online 

Wide reaching buzz mailing to author’s long list of influencers 



Publicity:

Print attention and profile pieces in NYC-based publications

National/regional NPR campaign 

Media-driven Punderdome events in NYC/Brooklyn 

National website and blog coverage, targeting sites like BuzzFeed, Mashable, Thought Catalog, Vulture, Vice, etc.

Viral video for bloggers and websites



Feature Website: www.youtube.com/user/punderdome

Author Website: Punderdome.com

Author Social Media: @kingfirestorm

Praise for Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers

“With the right mix of people you’ll be rewarded (or punished, depending on your tolerance for puns) when the mix of “Beatles” and “diner” leads to people singing lines like “I want to hold your ham…” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Sandwich...” the fusion of “dessert” and “fraternity” leads to suggesting college students with a sweet tooth rush Kappa Theta Apple Pie and avoid hazing-nut ice cream.”—A.V. Club

“This punderful game will replace Cards Against Humanity at your next party." --Mashable

"First, there was Apples to Apples, the game of absurd comparisons. Next, there was Cards Against Humanity, the R-rated Apples reboot for basics. And now, there’s Punderdome, a card game created by Fred and Jo Firestone."Brokelyn.

" [The] new Pun-Based Card Game Will Shuffle Your Boredom."Mental Floss

"Now the world’s best/worst pun contest has escaped Brooklyn’s bars and is on the way to your home, courtesy of the Punderdome home game...Inside is everything anyone would ever need to turn their living room into the scene of a no-puns-barred cage match...The game is hilariously groan-inducing fun, and a good one to pull out for a party or night in with the family."SUVUDU Gaming

"This game is a witty way to get families to put cellphones, and other technology away for a bit and interact with each other face-to-face."Cover Lovers Book Review

Praise for the Live Game Show, Punderdome 3000

“But for the contestants in a monthly pun competition at Littlefield, a performance space and bar in Brooklyn, forming puns is a spigot they can’t turn off.”The New York Times

“(The PUNDERDOME®) was unabashed silliness that I longed to bottle and smuggle out in my purse.”The New Yorker

“The lowly pun has long been considered the bottom-feeding bristle worm of the comedy world…. That has changed with the arrival of Punderdome 3000, a now monthly event that has turned punning into a high-functioning competition that is equal parts stand-up, beat poetry …” -- The New York Post

“Father-daughter pair Fred and Jo Firestone have started a family together. To clarify: It’s a figurative family, but indeed, ‘family’ is the right word; the Punderdomers are more loyal and tight-knit than just a ‘community,’ and have more inside jokes than your average ‘clan.’” -- Bustle

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