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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. 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

 

Question 2. Who was the Jewish cast member on All in the Family?
 Archie Bunker
 Stephanie Mills
 Meathead
 Edith Bunker

 

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

 

Question 6. Who loosely portrayed Fanny Brice in the film Funny Girl?
 Lily Tomlin
 Edith Ann
 Barbra Streisand
 Meryl Streep
 Goldie Hawn

 

Question 7. Fanny Brice rose to stardom despite being unable to
 Sing
 Dance
 Speak Yiddish
 Act

 

Question 8. Who played the interviewer in the sketch "The Two Thousand Year Old Man?"
 Sid Caesar
 Mel Brooks
 Carl Reiner
 Steve Allen

 

Question 9. Which of these people was not a Marx Brother?
 Zeppo
 Harpo
 Chico
 Frenchy
 Gummo

 

Question 10. What contemporary Jewish comedian made the video "The Great Schlep?"
 Adam Sandler
 Seth Rogen
 Jackie Mason
 Sarah Silverman