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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. True or false: Humor is one of the hallmarks of Yiddish literature.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. What is a shlemiel?
 A luckless fool
 A deliberately funny person
 A beggar
 A matchmaker

 

Question 3. Where was Lenny Bruce's "Jewish and Goyish" routine first published?
 MAD Magazine
 Playboy
 The New Yorker
 The New York Times

 

Question 4. Which of these TV characters is Jewish?
 Ross on Friends
 Fran on The Nanny
 Jerry on Seinfeld
 All of these

 

Question 5. True or false: Fanny Brice, an early star of the Ziegfield Follies, only performed in Yiddish.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. 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 7. What was the Borscht Belt?
 A Jewish comedy school in Russia
 An informal gang of Jewish comedians
 A famed restaurant theatre
 An area with several summertime resorts outside New York City

 

Question 8. Who was the creator and producer of The Goldbergs?
 Mel Brooks
 Gertrude Berg
 Bill Goldberg
 Hava Aaronson

 

Question 9. 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 10. According to Joan Rivers, what would've been the best way for her to deal with her husband's suicide?
 To talk about it onstage
 To withdraw from acting for good
 To write
 To say kaddish