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Printable Mad Libs
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Mad Libs Ideas & History

Printable Mad Libs Games
Printable Mad Libs

Mad Libs Ideas & History

Start with a story full of blanks. Throw in Mad Libs to fill the spaces and voila! You have game that will keep folks laughing. The game was invented in the United States by Leonard Stern and Roger Price and since the Mad Libs books were first printed in 1958, more than 110 million copies have been sold.

Stern was head writer and comedy director for the old "Steve Allen Show" on TV. The game's premise was used to introduce guests on the show, with the audience filling in the blanks. After popular actor Bob Hope was introduced as "our guest NOUN, Bob Hope," sales of the book series skyrocketed. ''

Eventually, the game ended in the hands of Penguin Random House, which continues to publish the books, though the original partners have long since died.

Here's how it works!  Start with one of the stories, which in dotted with blanks. For instance:

" (Blank )" he said (blank) , as he jumped into his convertible. and drove off with his (blank)  wife. 

Under the blanks are directives such as noun, verb, adverb, adjective, etc. that give the players clues as to what kind of word they should supply, although they are at liberty within that definition to pick just about anything. And they do. When the story is complete with its random Mad Libs, you'll find yourselves rolling on the floor with mirth. 

More than 30 books are available, with topics ranging from movies and TV shows to holidays and animals, etc. etc.  With story titles such as "Excuses for Tardiness" to "Bull Fighting" to "Eat. Drink and Be Sick" (There are dozens)  you can imagine where they will take a roomful of lively guests. 

Try it. You'll have the (blank) time of your life, guaranteed!


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