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Jewish Humor Quiz

Jews have long used humor as a tool for self-ridicule, fighting anti-Semitism, and even passing down traditions. And in the past few decades Jewish humor has become significant in mainstream popular culture. How much do you know about Jewish humor?



Question 1. A comedy trend of the '90s called "sick humor" owes its inspiration to whom?
 Stephen Colbert
 Lenny Bruce
 Mel Brooks
 Mort Stahl
 Jon Stewart

 

Question 2. What contemporary Jewish comedian made the video "The Great Schlep?"
 Adam Sandler
 Seth Rogen
 Jackie Mason
 Sarah Silverman

 

Question 3. What is a shlemiel?
 A luckless fool
 A deliberately funny person
 A beggar
 A matchmaker

 

Question 4. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
 Moe
 Larry
 Curly
 Shemp

 

Question 5. How did the magazine National Lampoon set a new comedic standard?
 By softening up some of the more harsh and vulgur aspects of Jewish humor
 By being the first Jewish humor magazine to be published
 By printing both comedic jokes and stories, as well as original Yiddish folk tales
 By using mockery exemplified by sarcasm and ironic detachment

 

Question 6. Who was the only person with a speaking part in Mel Brooks' film Silent Movie?
 Mel Brooks
 Jerry Seinfeld
 Woody Allen
 Barbra Streisand
 Marcel Marceau

 

Question 7. Which of these themes is commonly addressed in Jewish humor?
 Anti-Semitism
 Poverty
 The immigrant experience
 Neurotics on New York's Upper West Side
 All of these

 

Question 8. The Marx brothers--Julius, Adolph, and Leonard--were renamed
 Gummo, Zeppo, and Jimbo
 Athos, Porthos, and Aramis
 Greg, Peter, and Bobby
 Moe, Larry, and Curly
 Groucho, Harpo, and Chico

 

Question 9. Which of these early entertainers performed in blackface as a vital part of his or her act?
 Al Jolson
 Fanny Brice
 George Burns
 Groucho Marx

 

Question 10. Which of these is an example of Jewish humor in the Middle Ages?
 The few deliberately funny passages of the Shulhan Arukh
 The "laughing cure" used to ward off the Black Plague
 Purim plays known as shpiels
 All of these