Quiz | National Humour Month

By Alan G. Luke

Author Erma Bombeck once stated: “When humour goes, so goes civilization.” Be that as it may, April is National Humour Month. In honour of this annual observance, quiz yourself on comedians throughout the years.

1. Which stellar comedian hosted the Academy Awards ceremony on 14 occasions?

a) George Burns

b) Bob Hope

c) Johnny Carson

d) Billy Crystal

2. Which one of the following stand-up comedians did not have a TV sitcom?

a) Red Foxx

b) Robin Williams

c) George Carlin

d) Freddie Prinze

3. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope starred in a series of seven adventure comedy “Road” pictures. The last one was released in 1962. In what year was the first, “Road to

Singapore”, released?

a) 1940

b) 1945

c) 1950

d) 1955

4. Which one of the following comedy teams released the most feature films?

a) Laurel & Hardy

b) Abbott & Costello

c) Martin & Lewis

d) Cheech & Chong

5. Which one of the Three Stooges slapstick artists was not a Howard brother?

a) Curly

b) Larry

c) Moe

d) Shemp

6. Which one of the following characters did W.C. Fields not use as a film pseudonym?

a) Augustus Winterbottom

b) Eustace McGargle

c) Waldo Wigglesworth

d) Elmer Prettywillie

7. Sons of Jewish immigrants, the Marx Brothers were a successful comedy act. Groucho wore his trademark greasepaint mustache and used a stooped walk. What was his actual given name?

a) Jonathan

b) Julius

c) James

d) Jake

8. Which comedian/actor was a writer for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967-69)?

a) Robert Klein

b) Rodney Dangerfield

c) Steve Martin

d) Martin Mull

9.  What humorist made the assertion that “humour is mankind’s greatest blessing”?

a) Mark Twain

b) Stephen Leacock

c) Dave Barry

d) Will Rogers

10.  Robert Downey Jr. portrayed Charlie Chaplin in “Chaplin” (1992) while Dustin Hoffman portrayed Lenny Bruce in “Lenny” (1974). Who portrayed Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon” (1999)?

a) Phil Hartman

b) Chevy Chase

c) Jim Carrey

d) Judge Reinhold

11.  Marilyn Munroe had a walk-on role in the Marx Brothers film, “Love Happy” (1949). Lucille Ball played a small supporting role as Daisy Simms, a gangster’s girlfriend, in which Three Stooges short?

a) Three Little Pigskins (1934)

b) Three Little Beers (1935)

c) Three Little Sew & Sews (1939)

d) Three Little Twirps (1943)

12.  Which Monty Python alumnist starred and co-wrote the British-American comedy film, “Yellowbeard” (1983) with a stellar ensemble cast?

a) Eric Idle    

b) Graham Chapman

c) John Cleese  

d) Michael Palin

13.  What seven-time Emmy Award-winning ‘60s sitcom did Mel Brooks create with Buck Henry”?

a) Hogan’s Heroes    

b) Get Smart

c)  F Troop    

d) Green Acres

14.  Diane Keaton starred in seven Woody Allen comedy films. In which feature film did she win an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role?

a) Sleeper (1973)

b) Love and Death (1975)

c) Annie Hall (1977)     

d) Manhattan (1979)

15.  Canadian Bacon is a 1995 film satirizing Canada-America relations. Which comedic Canuck starred as Sheriff Bud Boomer in this Michael Moore film?

a) Dan Aykroyd

b) Eugene Levy

c) Martin Short

d) John Candy



Answers to Quiz: 

1b, 2c, 3a, 4b, 5b, 6c, 7b, 8c, 9a, 10c, 11a, 12b, 13b, 14c, 15d