Throw another one in the pile!
Comedian Eddie Griffin is the latest comic to make headlines for comments that weren't part of a joke. He released a statement on his Facebook page that referred to a woman that threw a drink on him at his show last week as a "dy** b*tch," according to TMZ. This isn't the first time a comedian has gotten in hot water for comments that went well beyond a bad set-up and punchline. From racist and sexist rants to homophobic remarks, check out our rundown of 6 comedians who went way over the top!
1. Michael Richards
Best known for his role as Kramer on Seinfeld, Michael got himself blacklisted from Hollywood after a racist tirade while performing at a comedy club in 2006. Unable to deal with an African-American man talking during his set, Michael lost it and called the guy the 'N' word MULTIPLE times on stage. Although he apologized afterwards, Michael has only appeared in three episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm since then that were basically gifted to him by Seinfeld creator Larry David. Check out the incident for yourself. (WARNING: NSFW!)
2. Daniel Tosh
What's funnier than a rape joke? How about calling someone out in your audience who was offended by rape jokes and saying, "Wouldn't it be funny if she were raped by five guys, like, right now?" That's exactly what Daniel did during one of his shows last week in response to a heckler and his remarks immediately circulated on the web, prompting debates on what really is too far in comedy. Although he apologized, his justification of the joke was longer than the apology itself.
3. Adam Carolla
It looks like getting fired on Celebrity Apprentice wasn't enough career damage for Adam. He took it even further while promoting his latest book last month by claiming that "dudes are funnier than chicks," most female comedians simply aren't funny and that the majority of women in writer's room for TV shows were there to fill a quota. The response got him into plenty of hot water from people of both genders, but he did find an unlikely supporter in female comedian Lisa Lampanelli.
4. Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa has made a career out of shocking and often offensive humor that pokes fun at racial stereotypes. Unfortunately, there was no set-up or punchline with her bigoted remarks at fellow Celebrity Apprentice contestant Dayana Mendoza during a radio interview last April. "I actually would love to see [her] giving birth. She’s a sp**! She’s going to do it f****** soon, anyway. She’ll be knocked up before the end of the week.” Lisa received plenty of backlash over the remarks, but has refused to apologize.
5. Tracy Morgan
It's always the ones you least expect. Tracy's highly likeable persona took some major heat in June 2011 after a homophobic rant during a performance in Nashville. He not only said he would kill his own son if he was gay, but then claimed that, "I don't "f*cking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a f*cking d**k up their ass ... they can take a f*cking joke." There were rumors that Tina Fey would fire him from his role on 30 Rock, but Tracy apologized and Tina instead chose to hilariously weave the incident into one of the show's episodes.
6. Eddie Griffin
Fortunately and unfortunately, this is the most press Eddie has gotten in a LONG time. Best known for acting in hilarious skits on Chappelle's Show and roles in flicks like Scary Movie 3, Eddie lost it during his stand-up performance last week. A woman who was offended at his jokes threw a drink on him and Eddie, perhaps appropriately, poured a bottle of water on her in retaliation. But his Facebook rant afterwards went way out of line when he called the woman a "dy** b*tch." Eddie has yet to comment on his remarks.
What do you think of these comics who took things too far?
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