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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. 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 2. 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 3. Which of these people was not a Marx Brother?
 Zeppo
 Harpo
 Chico
 Frenchy
 Gummo

 

Question 4. A comedy trend of the '90s called "sick humor" owes its inspiration to whom?
 Stephen Colbert
 Lenny Bruce
 Mel Brooks
 Mort Stahl
 Jon Stewart

 

Question 5. Who loosely portrayed Fanny Brice in the film Funny Girl?
 Lily Tomlin
 Edith Ann
 Barbra Streisand
 Meryl Streep
 Goldie Hawn

 

Question 6. Which of these TV characters is Jewish?
 Ross on Friends
 Fran on The Nanny
 Jerry on Seinfeld
 All of these

 

Question 7. Who was the Jewish cast member on All in the Family?
 Archie Bunker
 Stephanie Mills
 Meathead
 Edith Bunker

 

Question 8. Which of these comedians is NOT Jewish?
 Roseanne Barr
 Jerry Seinfeld
 Bob Newhart
 Jon Stewart

 

Question 9. 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 10. Who was the only person with a speaking part in Mel Brooks' film Silent Movie?
 Mel Brooks
 Jerry Seinfeld
 Woody Allen
 Barbra Streisand
 Marcel Marceau