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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. Will & Grace was the first TV show that
 Was a comedy series featuring a gay male lead
 Featured an interfaith marriage
 Had a Jewish female lead predominantly free of negative stereotyping
 Both A & B
 Both A & C

 

Question 2. Where was Lenny Bruce's "Jewish and Goyish" routine first published?
 MAD Magazine
 Playboy
 The New Yorker
 The New York Times

 

Question 3. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
 Moe
 Larry
 Curly
 Shemp

 

Question 4. What is a shlemiel?
 A luckless fool
 A deliberately funny person
 A beggar
 A matchmaker

 

Question 5. Which of these is the first biblical character to laugh?
 Adam
 Eve
 Abraham
 Sarah

 

Question 6. Which Jewish writer produced classics of bittersweet humor?
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Sholem Aleichem
 I.L. Peretz
 All of these

 

Question 7. Many of which characters' sketches on Sesame Street are adaptations of traditional Jewish jokes?
 Ernie and Bert
 Big Bird and Snuffy
 Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
 Big Bird and Count von Count
 Cookie Monster and Elmo

 

Question 8. According to Joan Rivers, what would've been the best way for her to deal with her husband's suicide?
 To talk about it onstage
 To withdraw from acting for good
 To write
 To say kaddish

 

Question 9. Woody Allen's Oscar-winning film Annie Hall focuses on what subject?
 Dating between Jews and non-Jews
 Poverty
 Civil unrest in America
 Jewish comedy in the shtetls

 

Question 10. A comedy trend of the '90s called "sick humor" owes its inspiration to whom?
 Stephen Colbert
 Lenny Bruce
 Mel Brooks
 Mort Stahl
 Jon Stewart