Jewish Humor QuizJews 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. What was the Borscht Belt?
A Jewish comedy school in Russia
An informal gang of Jewish comedians
A famed restaurant theatre
An area with several summertime resorts outside New York City
Question 2. 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 say kaddish
Question 3. 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 4. What was Mel Brooks's first box office success?
Robin Hood, Men in Tights
History of the World, Part I
To Be, or Not to Be
Question 5. Which of these people was not a Marx Brother?
Question 6. Where and when did Jewish humor begin as a genre?
In the shtetls, where Yiddish folk tales found humor in the often-difficult everyday lives of the people in 19th-century Eastern Europe
In the desert, while the Jews were wandering for 40 years; they had to find some way to keep themselves entertained
At the turn of the 20th century, as Jewish comedians poked fun at the immigrant experience and the frustrations Jews faced trying to assimilate into American society
As Jewish peddlers travelled on the frontier, they entertained themselves and their customers by telling jokes
In the mid-20th century, as radio shows and comedy skits became more popular
Question 7. Who loosely portrayed Fanny Brice in the film Funny Girl?
Question 8. True or false: Fanny Brice, an early star of the Ziegfield Follies, only performed in Yiddish.
Question 9. Which of these themes is commonly addressed in Jewish humor?
The immigrant experience
Neurotics on New York's Upper West Side
All of these
Question 10. What contemporary Jewish comedian made the video "The Great Schlep?"