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 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 2. True or false: Humor is one of the hallmarks of Yiddish literature.
Question 3. Where was Lenny Bruce's "Jewish and Goyish" routine first published?
The New Yorker
The New York Times
Question 4. Which of these comedians is NOT Jewish?
Question 5. What is a shlemiel?
A luckless fool
A deliberately funny person
Question 6. Who was the Jewish cast member on All in the Family?
Question 7. "Hanukkah Harry," "Jewess Jeans," and "Jew, Not a Jew," are sketches from what TV show?
Your Show of Shows
National Lampoon Radio Hour
Saturday Night Live
Uncle Andy's Funhouse
Question 8. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
Question 9. Which of these is an example of Jewish humor in the Middle Ages?
The few deliberately funny passages of the Shulhan Arukh
The "laughing cure" used to ward off the Black Plague
Purim plays known as shpiels
All of these
Question 10. 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