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.
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