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. Who was the only person with a speaking part in Mel Brooks' film Silent Movie?
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. Which of these comedians is NOT Jewish?
Question 5. Woody Allen's Oscar-winning film Annie Hall focuses on what subject?
Dating between Jews and non-Jews
Civil unrest in America
Jewish comedy in the shtetls
Question 6. 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 7. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
Question 8. A comedy trend of the '90s called "sick humor" owes its inspiration to whom?
Question 9. 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 10. What were the names of the Three Stooges?
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
Moe, Curly, Shemp
Jerry, Kramer, George
Groucho, Harpo, Chico
Peter, Paul, Mary