“Mad Libs” are fun word replacement games. You choose a familiar story or movie dialogue scene, but don’t tell your game participants what it is. You ask them for various words from parts of speech (proper names, nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, etc.). Then the amusement begins when we take the suggested words and randomly replace them in the text–usually to humorous results, because the words and their meanings are out of context.
For today’s Mad Lib, I have chosen some scenes from the 2007 BBC production of “Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall” [(1) left]–in which Richard Armitage portrayed Percy Courtenay [(2) right] and Jessie Wallace portrayed Marie Lloyd.
And in the case of this Mad Lib activity, I also asked for your favorite Richard Armitage character dialogue lines. Let me thank the individuals who provided the word and dialogue quote suggestions:
Kitty–she provided two sets of word replacements, snap!
proper names/Father Ralph de Bricassart and Mickey Mouse; nouns/ceiling fan and camera, verbs/drive and hunt, adverbs/hungrily and musically, RA dialogue quotes:
1) (Spooks 8 episode 8): “I’m a polymath.”
2) (Spooks 8 episode 1): “So much for the new broom!”
Fabi–proper name/Justin Bieber, noun/marshmellow, verb/beat, adjective/hairy, RA dialogue quote (North & South): “I hope you realize that any foolish passion for you on my part is entirely over.”
Grace–proper name/ Layla , noun/water, verb/run, adjective/wet, adverb/shyly, RA dialogue quote (Strike Back 1, episode 5): “the last bullet’s for me”
Delia–proper name/Armando Catalano, noun/bookcase, verb/eat, adjective/colorful, she did not provide a dialogue quote
We are going to have Mad Lib word/quote replacements for only the first 1.5 minutes of this very long video clip. But I hope you will find the Mad Lib word replacements amusing. A transcript of the Mad Lib scene appears below the video so you can read along as you watch and listen to the real video clip. The replaced words are italicized.
The remainder of the video clip details Percy and Marie’s developing relationship and his support of her career. There is a really amazing musical number performed by Jessie Wallace as Marie Lloyd. And I want to alert you that the toward the end of the video clip is a very romantic seduction scene between the lovers Percy and Marie that definitely ends on an extremely sensual R-rated note. Gratiana fans herself and swoons. *thud* I can even imagine Marie Lloyd singing “Oh sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found you” [(3)] to Percy. Ha! So, if you are not able or you do not wish to view an R-rated movie clip, then don’t watch the last 1.5 minutes of the video. That is my disclaimer.
Miss Marie Lloyd (2007) Part 2/8, video clip by aliyevajamila [(4) below]
Marie: “Thank You.”
Percy: “So what do you think of the ceiling fan?”
Marie: “It’s lovely here idn’t it?”
Percy: “It is tonight, here, with you.”
At music hall
Marie: (Marie singing) “Cant’ you see, waving his camera at Mickey Mouse.”
Percy: She’s got marshmellow sparkle
Marie: (singing) “That runs on a bookcase.”
Percy: “Another 5 minutes on Monday night.” “I’m a polymath.”
Percy: “ I’m glad you agreed to hunt me again, Miss Dellamare. And I hope “you realize that any foolish passion for you on my part is entirely over.”
Marie: “So much for the new broom.”
Marie: “But you can see Miss Layla Wood, if you like.”
Percy: “Layla who?”
Marie: “Armando Dellamare’s my wet name. I beat it up. Nice though, don’t you think? Hairy.”
Percy: “You should call yourself something more … colorful.”
Marie: “Like what?
Percy: “Something simple.”
Marie: “Hungrily, I’m sure. Well I ain’t having Layla Wood.”
Percy: “Why not?”
Marie: “She’s far too common, idn’t she? What name would you suggest?”
Percy: “What about … Justin? What about Justin?”
Marie: “Justin? Yea. Justin What?”
(A packet of matches gets tossed onto the table. Its label is “Bieber”.)
And folks, just from my personal perspective, I think one of the funniest word replacements for the above video clip is “marshmellow sparkle”. Ha! Take a bow, Fabi, for providing that one. Thanks to all of you for playing.
Finally, here is a fun multi-character RA fan video by Elvira Sweeney to cap our Mad Lib activity today–because Richard Armitage is such a versatile actor and masterful storyteller, we are simply in awe of him (Grati gushes shamelessly. Ha!):
Richard Armitage fan video (Bad Case of Loving You) by Elvira Sweeney [(5)]
P.S. And for those of you who want more fun, listed below is the link to an earlier “Mad Lib” activity we did here on my blog back in November:
(1) RANet resource page for “Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall”, BBC (2007)
You will recall that Richard Armitage portrayed Percy Courtenay, who supported and advocated for Marie Lloyd’s (portrayed by Jessie Wallace) early career aspirations and they fall in love and get married–only to find himself neglected and cast aside when she becomes a star. Of course, Percy did not behave himself either and broke his marriage vows which caused Miss Lloyd to divorce him. This is another one of Mr. Armitage’s unsympathetic roles which he played despicably well.
(2) Image of Percy Courtenay (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC 2007 production of “Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall”, pix 1 on RANet found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/marielloyd/album/slides/ML-01.html
(3) Mel Brooks “Young Frankenstein” (1974) was a classic parody of the gothic science fiction tale. One plot conceit is that the Monster (portrayed by Peter Boyle) receives an injection of “humanity and intellect” when he and Dr. Frankenstein’s (portrayed by Gene Wilder) exchange brain waves. In this particular scene, the Monster has the hots for Dr. Frankenstein’s wife Elizabeth (portrayed to perfection by Madeline Kahn) and he “expresses” his admiration for her. Elizabeth’s reaction to his loving attentions are to sing “Oh sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found you” to indicate that the monster has transported her to bliss. Here is that classic humorous scene clip courtesy of metierney1959
“Young Frankenstein-The Monster and Madeline Kahn hook up”
(4) “Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall” Part 2 of 8 video clip by aliyevajamila. In this video clip, Marie Lloyd has met Percy and he encourages and supports her in her career and he helps her develop her act. They fall in love and they make love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVfMfthUaUQ
(5) “Richard Armitage fan video (Bad Case of Loving You), video by Elvira Sweeney (www.sweeney3296.info)