I don’t know about you, but growing up, Mad Libs were one of my favorite school games. Maybe that’s why I like making my own Mad Lib-style versions of famous works (Like Romeo & Juliet Performed by an Actor with Malapropism Problems, Malapropism & Robert Frost, and Malapropisms in Wonderland), but then, of course, I love words – so I like most word games.
As an adult, Mad Libs are the type of somewhat-safe-yet-funny icebreaker games that businesses or family-friendly gatherings can use. The kind that the “cool” coworkers snicker at. Let’s face it, word games don’t get as much respect as say, I don’t know, sports.
Unless you’re Jimmy Fallon and Benedict Cumberbatch.
They took the Mad Lib idea and made it into an acting improv exercise (ok, yes, they had cue cards, but still…). Basically, the Mad Lib became the script for the scene. They made Mad Lib Theater – which is hilarious, by the way!
From watching them fill it out to watching them act it out, this clip has plenty of funny moments. I gotta say, it’s given me an even greater appreciation for these two. You have to watch it (srsly) – although, warning, the audio is a bit NSFW (depending on your work), so you may want to wear your headphones.
Mad Lib Theater
How awesome is that? Like many golden comedy moments, the best part of it is watching the two of them try to keep a straight face while saying completely ridiculous things. And ridiculous things are practically guaranteed with you put a creative wordsmith and a Mad Lib together.
Experienced Mad Libbers know that random, unrelated answers make for the best results, and there is no doubt that Benedict Cumberbatch is an experienced Mad Libber. Either that or drunk (It’s amazing how similar the creative mind and the drunken mind can appear to the uninitiated.).
Come to think of it, I wonder if anyone’s turned Mad Libs into a drinking game…
But I digress…
Long story short: Mad Libs are still awesome (“cool” coworkers aside), Jimmy Fallon and Benedict Cumberbatch found a new way to make Mad Libs even more awesome (Huzzah!), and we should 1. Watch and enjoy their Mad Lib Theater and 2. Follow their example and come up with new and creative ways to use Mad Libs.
Lay on, ____________ !