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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. Which of these comedians is NOT Jewish?
 Roseanne Barr
 Jerry Seinfeld
 Bob Newhart
 Jon Stewart

 

Question 3. What year did Seinfeld premiere?
 1991
 1994
 1989
 1992
 None of the above

 

Question 4. Fanny Brice rose to stardom despite being unable to
 Sing
 Dance
 Speak Yiddish
 Act

 

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. 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 7. Who was the creator and producer of The Goldbergs?
 Mel Brooks
 Gertrude Berg
 Bill Goldberg
 Hava Aaronson

 

Question 8. What was Mel Brooks's first box office success?
 Robin Hood, Men in Tights
 Blazing Saddles
 History of the World, Part I
 Young Frankenstein
 To Be, or Not to Be

 

Question 9. 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 10. "Hanukkah Harry," "Jewess Jeans," and "Jew, Not a Jew," are sketches from what TV show?
 Caesar's Hour
 Your Show of Shows
 National Lampoon Radio Hour
 Saturday Night Live
 Uncle Andy's Funhouse