My Jewish Learning

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. What were the names of the Three Stooges?
 Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
 Moe, Curly, Shemp
 Jerry, Kramer, George
 Groucho, Harpo, Chico
 Peter, Paul, Mary

 

Question 2. Who was the creator and producer of The Goldbergs?
 Mel Brooks
 Gertrude Berg
 Bill Goldberg
 Hava Aaronson

 

Question 3. Which Jewish writer produced classics of bittersweet humor?
 Mendele Mokher Seforim
 Sholem Aleichem
 I.L. Peretz
 All of these

 

Question 4. 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

 

Question 5. What is a shlemiel?
 A luckless fool
 A deliberately funny person
 A beggar
 A matchmaker

 

Question 6. 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 7. 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

 

Question 8. 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

 

Question 9. True or false: Fanny Brice, an early star of the Ziegfield Follies, only performed in Yiddish.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. Which of these people was not one of the original Three Stooges?
 Moe
 Larry
 Curly
 Shemp