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. A comedy trend of the '90s called "sick humor" owes its inspiration to whom?
Question 2. What contemporary Jewish comedian made the video "The Great Schlep?"
Question 3. What is a shlemiel?
A luckless fool
A deliberately funny person
Question 4. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
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. Who was the only person with a speaking part in Mel Brooks' film Silent Movie?
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. Which of these early entertainers performed in blackface as a vital part of his or her act?
Question 10. 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