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For those who enjoyed "The Comedians" here are some more comics that may bring a smile. Please read the 'interesting information' for some good quotes.

A multiple-choice quiz by Rehaberpro. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Rehaberpro
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
324,002
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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1. I was a clown when all was said and done. Some of my many comic characters were Clem Kaddlehopper, the Mean Widdle Kid, and Freddie the Freeloader. I started in traveling medicine shows, then as a comedian I rose to fame in films, radio, television. What was my name? Hint

Red Buttons
Redd Foxx
Red Foley
Red Skelton

2. I was a singer, dancer. comedian, actor, and song writer. I loved my wife Ida and my five daughters. I was a star on Broadway for many years and I brought my musical "Whoopie" to the screen in 1930. This led to my long-running radio show and television. They called me 'Banjo Eyes' but what was my stage name? Hint

Eddie Cantor
George Cohen
George Jessell
Al Jolson

3. I was a vaudeville juggler who came to comedy. My disdain for children, dogs, and women was part of my persona, along with my passion for the demon rum. A couple of my screen triumphs were "The Bank Dick" and "My Little Chickadee". My red nose was said to stop traffic while they waited for it to turn green. What was my stage name? Hint

W.C.Fields
Marshall Fields
Tootie Fields
Elysian Fields

4. At Milwaukee's Summerfest celebration in July 1972, police came on stage to arrest me as my "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television" routine was considered by them to be obscene. At the trial, the charge was dismissed with the judge stating that the routine was 'indecent' but not obscene. I called it the Trial of the Milwaukee Seven. What was my name? Hint

Lenny Bruce
George Carlin
Rodney Dangerfield
Redd Foxx

5. I was a portly man with a dead-pan type of humor. I started out doing strip clubs but was replaced by a 21 year old woman. Finally I was an overnight sensation after twenty years. I popped up on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and most of the variety and talk shows of the day. I starred in a forgettable movie "Microwave Massacre" in 1983. My philosophy of life was that a wet bird never flies at night. Do you remember me? Hint

Jackie Kennedy
Jackie Mason
Jackie Vernon
Jackie Gleason

6. I was one of those people you met in life who was larger than life. Many knew me as a comic but I was also an outstanding actor and a musician, noted for my arrangements of popular standards. I hosted my own variety show on television. I would say "And away we go!' and launch into one of my characters for a fast-paced skit. The word 'honeymooner' was associated with my name. Who was I? Hint

Jackie Gleason
Jackie Vernon
Jackie Mason
Jackie Kennedy

7. Do you know me? Think Mary, Don, Dennis, Rochester, Phil, violin, and Maxwell. Hint

Jack Paar
Jackie Leonard
Jackie Mason
Jack Benny

8. When I came on the stage as a toothless, bedraggled woman in a house dress and a floppy hat, I got your attention. I billed myself as the 'Funniest Woman in the World'. My act was edgy with racism, a frequent theme along with my passion for younger men instead of old geezers. What was my name? Hint

Flip Wilson
Moms Mabley
Phillis Diller
Lucille Ball

9. I was born in Oklahoma and was part Cherokee. I was a rope twirler in vaudeville and started telling jokes along with my rope tricks. I became one of the highest paid stars of the early sound picture industry. Hint

Will Ferrell
Will Rogers
Willy Lumplump
David Harum

10. Probably no other comedian was harassed more than me, for my right to point out the social and moral foibles of my time. Charges of obscenity followed me nearly all my career and played a role to my early death at forty. Dustin Hoffman played me in a film about my life. What was my name? Hint

Mort Sahl
Lenny Bruce
George Carlin
Richard Pryor


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. I was a clown when all was said and done. Some of my many comic characters were Clem Kaddlehopper, the Mean Widdle Kid, and Freddie the Freeloader. I started in traveling medicine shows, then as a comedian I rose to fame in films, radio, television. What was my name?

Answer: Red Skelton

Red Skelton was a sensitive man. He was so moved by the death of his son that he took a year's hiatus from his popular television show. He was known for his generosity, both publicised and anonymous. He had success later in life as a painter, many of his paintings are collector's items.

A friend of my Mother went to school with Red in Vincennes, Indiana. She said that Red used to roll his eyelids over match sticks and then surprise the teacher while the class laughed. Here are jokes and insights into Red's character.

"A fellow told me he was going to hang-glider school. He said, 'I've been going for three months.' I said, 'How many successful jumps do you need to make before you graduate?' He said, 'All of them.'"

"The time has come to say good night,
I hope I've made a friend.
And so we'll say "May God bless you,"
Until we meet again."

"There are three ages of man: youth, middle age, and "Gee, you look good."

"If some day you're not feeling well, you should remember some little thing I have said or done and if it brings a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart then my purpose as a clown has been fulfilled."
2. I was a singer, dancer. comedian, actor, and song writer. I loved my wife Ida and my five daughters. I was a star on Broadway for many years and I brought my musical "Whoopie" to the screen in 1930. This led to my long-running radio show and television. They called me 'Banjo Eyes' but what was my stage name?

Answer: Eddie Cantor

Cantor was successful in several media. He lost a fortune in the 1929 stock market crash. His response was to write two humorous books about the calamity. Sometimes his wife and daughter did not always appreciate the jokes he made about them on his radio and television endeavors. Here are some of Cantor's
jibes:

"A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers."

"It takes twenty years to become an overnight success."

"He hasn't an enemy in the world - but all his friends hate him."
3. I was a vaudeville juggler who came to comedy. My disdain for children, dogs, and women was part of my persona, along with my passion for the demon rum. A couple of my screen triumphs were "The Bank Dick" and "My Little Chickadee". My red nose was said to stop traffic while they waited for it to turn green. What was my stage name?

Answer: W.C.Fields

Fields did not drink when he was a juggler as it interfered with his performance. When alcohol started to become a problem, Fields just incorporated it into his act. Sometimes he suffered DTs in later years. He was fond of finding unusual names for his characters in films such as Larson E. Whipshade and Egbert Souse. Likewise, he wrote or co-wrote many of his movie scripts but used such names as Charles Bogle, Otis Criblecoblis, and Mahatma Kane Jeeves. There are many quotes from which to chose; here are a few.

"Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch."

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people."

"I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday."
4. At Milwaukee's Summerfest celebration in July 1972, police came on stage to arrest me as my "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television" routine was considered by them to be obscene. At the trial, the charge was dismissed with the judge stating that the routine was 'indecent' but not obscene. I called it the Trial of the Milwaukee Seven. What was my name?

Answer: George Carlin

Those seven words made Carlin a star with his edgy black humor. In spite of poor health he continued to do both live performances and HBO specials. There were hardly any foibles of mankind that did not get skewered by his razor wit.

"You guys in back! Knock off the horse-play! Hey, I said you guys playing with that horse, knock it off!"

"Tonight's forecast: Dark. Continued dark throughout most of the evening, with some widely-scattered light towards morning."

"There are 400,000 words in the English language, and there are seven you can't say on television. What a ratio that is! 399,993 to 7. They must really be baaaad. They must be OUTRAGEOUS to be separated from a group that large. "All of you words over here, you seven....baaaad words." That's what they told us, right? ...You know the seven, don't ya?"
5. I was a portly man with a dead-pan type of humor. I started out doing strip clubs but was replaced by a 21 year old woman. Finally I was an overnight sensation after twenty years. I popped up on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and most of the variety and talk shows of the day. I starred in a forgettable movie "Microwave Massacre" in 1983. My philosophy of life was that a wet bird never flies at night. Do you remember me?

Answer: Jackie Vernon

Vernon was a popular guest on television. The enigmatic 'wet bird' was a symbol of Vernon's persona.

To Johnny Carson: "Thank you for exposing me on television."

"It's hard to believe to look at me now but I used to be a dull guy."

Vernon pretending to show slides of his vacation:
"click) Here I am, tossing coins at the toll booth.
(click) Here I am, under the car, looking for the coins.
(click) Here I am, picking up a hitchhiker.
(click) Here I am, hitchhiking.
(click) Here's the hitchhiker picking me up with my own car. Luckily, she didn't recognize me."
6. I was one of those people you met in life who was larger than life. Many knew me as a comic but I was also an outstanding actor and a musician, noted for my arrangements of popular standards. I hosted my own variety show on television. I would say "And away we go!' and launch into one of my characters for a fast-paced skit. The word 'honeymooner' was associated with my name. Who was I?

Answer: Jackie Gleason

Gleason was a heavy drinker but it never seemed to bother his performance. He spent money as rapidly as he earned it. As a serious actor he was nominated for an Oscar for a supporting role in "The Hustler" (1961) and he received excellent reviews for his role in Rod Sterling's "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1962). His "how sweet it is" has become part of the language.
Here some other witticisms.

"The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it."

"I'm no alcoholic. I'm a drunkard. There's a difference. A drunkard doesn't have to go to meetings."
7. Do you know me? Think Mary, Don, Dennis, Rochester, Phil, violin, and Maxwell.

Answer: Jack Benny

Benny was a legend. Mary Livingstone was his foil on the radio and his wife in real life; Don Wilson was his radio announcer; Dennis Day was the singer on his program; Rochester was his valet; Phil Harris was his band leader; his violin was the brunt of jokes; and Maxwell was the name of his car. His dry humor, his false airs, and his frugality were the core of his radio and television shows.

Do you remember these quips?

"My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never."

"I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either."

Thug: "Look, bud, I said 'Your money or your life.'"
Jack Benny: "I'm thinking it over."
8. When I came on the stage as a toothless, bedraggled woman in a house dress and a floppy hat, I got your attention. I billed myself as the 'Funniest Woman in the World'. My act was edgy with racism, a frequent theme along with my passion for younger men instead of old geezers. What was my name?

Answer: Moms Mabley

True success came late to Jackie 'Moms' Mabley. After being raped as a teenager, resulting in two children given in adoption, she ran away and joined a minstrel show. She appeared in several stage productions with all black casts and in seven sound era films. She released twenty comedy albums.

Here are a few of her stories:

"I said to my old husband, "I'm gonna take you out into the country for a picnic. Do you like the country?" He said, "Sure I do. When I was a little boy, I used to live in the country." I said, "When you was a little boy everybody lived in the country."

I was walking down 126th Street on my way to work. Met a fella. He said, "Moms, I hate this, I really hate this, but, Moms, gimme some money! I ain't got no home. I ain't got no family, no children, no wife! My mother, my father are dead! Moms, gimme some money! I ain't got nowhere to eat, I ain't got nowhere to sleep. I ain't got nothin', Moms. But this gun...

Merv Griffin asked her "What kind of man you like, Moms? Young and cleancut?" Moms replied "Dahlin'. Moms don't care if they cut or not just so they clean!"
9. I was born in Oklahoma and was part Cherokee. I was a rope twirler in vaudeville and started telling jokes along with my rope tricks. I became one of the highest paid stars of the early sound picture industry.

Answer: Will Rogers

Will Rogers was a cultural icon in the 1920s and 1930s. He influenced many people with his shy and wise comments about the world around him through his appearences, films, and newspaper column. Here are some of Rogers' comments which seem as fresh as when Rogers said them.

Our foreign policy is an open book - a checkbook.
I belong to no organized party, I'm a Democrat.
Lettin' the cat out of the bag is a lot easier than puttin' it back in.
People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.
The income tax has made more liars out of Americans than golf.
If stupidity got us in this mess, why can't it get us out?
10. Probably no other comedian was harassed more than me, for my right to point out the social and moral foibles of my time. Charges of obscenity followed me nearly all my career and played a role to my early death at forty. Dustin Hoffman played me in a film about my life. What was my name?

Answer: Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce died at forty in the bathroom of his Hollywood home due to a drug overdose. His frequent arrests had morphed his edgy comedy act into mostly a rant about the injustices he was he was suffering. Thirty seven years after his death the state of New York granted a pardon for his obscenity convictions. Many of Bruce's best lines can not be reproduced here but here are some edgy ones:

"A lot of people say to me, 'Why did you kill Christ?' I dunno, it was one of those parties, got out of hand, you know."

"Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it."

"I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up."
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