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?

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Qustion 1. Who loosely portrayed Fanny Brice in the film Funny Girl?

Lily Tomlin Edith Ann Barbra Streisand Meryl Streep Goldie Hawn

Qustion 2. What was Mel Brooks's first box office success?

Robin Hood, Men in Tights Blazing Saddles History of the World, Part I Young Frankenstein To Be, or Not to Be

Qustion 3. Where was Lenny Bruce's "Jewish and Goyish" routine first published?

MAD Magazine Playboy The New Yorker The New York Times

Qustion 4. 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

Qustion 5. What 80's TV show with a Jewish director broke new ground by portraying an interfaith couple raising a Jewish child?

Silver Spoons Diff'rent Strokes Cheers Family Ties All in the Family

Qustion 6. 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

Qustion 7. What was The Goldbergs?

A humorous work of fiction, written first in Yiddish The original name of All in the Family A radio show about a Jewish family, which later became a television show The most popular vaudeville show in history

Qustion 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

Qustion 9. 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

Qustion 10. Which of these early entertainers performed in blackface as a vital part of his or her act?

Al Jolson Fanny Brice George Burns Groucho Marx
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