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. True or false: Fanny Brice, an early star of the Ziegfield Follies, only performed in Yiddish.
Question 2. Which of these people was not a Marx Brother?
Question 3. What is a shlemiel?
A luckless fool
A deliberately funny person
Question 4. 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 5. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
Question 6. Which of these early entertainers performed in blackface as a vital part of his or her act?
Question 7. What contemporary Jewish comedian made the video "The Great Schlep?"
Question 8. 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 9. "I do not know whether there are many other instances of a people making fun to such a degree of its own character." Who said this about the Jews?
Question 10. What is Chelm?
An approach to Jewish humor that is particularly cynical
A mythical village populated, according to Jewish folklore, by fools
A nickname that was given to particularly funny people in the shtetl
A short film created by Jerry Seinfeld