When we saw Chris Rock on The Letterman Show Wednesday night, cracking jokes about his Death at a Funeral co-star, Tracy Morgan and Dave himself, we went straight to @RealTracyMorgan for the rebuttal. Granted, Rock was probably just joking around in good fun, but here's the thing: Comedians are sensitive people. Despite their boastful personas and overblown egos, most comics can dish it but just can't take it. But maybe that's a good thing, because if comedians had thicker skins we might not be presenting you with a history of comedian beefs...
JAMIE FOXX VS. HOWARD STERN
Beefy Highlights: When Howard Stern made some snide comments on-air about the bleak future of Gabby Sidibe's acting career, Jamie Foxx took it personally. Later that week, Foxx called out Howard Stern's cast member, Robin Quivers, saying she's got a lot in common with the overweight actress. Not one to accept insults, Stern fired back, saying Jamie Foxx is a closeted homosexual. If only he were a rapper we could add him to our encyclopedia.
DAVID CROSS VS. LARRY THE CABLE GUY
Beefy Highlights: In a 2005 interview with Rolling Stone, David Cross went after Larry the Cable Guy for getting famous off "anti-gay, racist humor." Larry responded in his book, Git-R-Done, complaining Cross had insulted his fans. Still, Cross refused to squash the beef as he later posted a long diatribe against Larry on his blog. But all things considered, we're most surprised over the fact Larry the Cable Guy somehow wrote a book.
DAVID LETTERMAN VS. JAY LENO
Beefy Highlights: The competition for hosting late night talk shows has always been a source of drama in the world of comedians. So it came as no surprise that when Jay Leno replaced Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, David Letterman got more bitter than the overweight chick who cock-blocked us at the bar last night. The feud got so heated there was even a movie made about it. And according to a 2009 interview with GQ (not to mention that whole replacing Conan thing earlier this year), Leno says Letterman still holds a grudge.
JOE ROGAN VS. CARLOS MENCIA
Beefy Highlights: Here's two comedians who genuinely hate each other. Which is understandable, considering how Joe Rogan called out Carlos Mencia for stealing jokes during one of his stand-up routines. Mencia, who happened to be in attendance at the time, came on stage and the two proceeded to bicker like a couple of school girls. South Park would later confirm Rogan's accusation during an episode where Mencia steals Butters' joke about fish sticks.
KATT WILLIAMS VS. STEVE HARVEY
Beefy Highlights: Katt Williams started in with Steve Harvey in 2008, complaining that Harvey snubbed him when the two met in an L.A. record store. But Katt really went after the crown during a performance on New Years Eve, when he performed an entire routine making fun of dude. Harvey later responded on his radio show with five minutes of griping that can pretty much be summed up with, "Kids these days."
DOUG WILLIAMS VS. JAMIE FOXX
Beefy Highlights: During a lackluster roasting of Emmitt Smith in 2003, Doug Williams got ethered by Jamie Foxx in one of the more disrespectful acts of public humiliation we've seen. It was sort of like watching Foxx pick on the new kid at school.
ARSENIO HALL VS. ROSEANNE BARR
Beefy Highlights: The unlikely beef between these two started when Arsenio started cracking fat jokes about Roseanne and her husband Tom Arnold, showing off pictures of the couple in bathing suits. But the beef really started to cook (pun intended) when Roseanne responded, calling Arsenio "America's first black nerd... a triangle-headed Eddie Murphy lookalike."
NORM MACDONALD VS. CHRIS KATTAN
Beefy Highlights: This one is by far the biggest cat fight on the list. The drama started when Norm MacDonald called Chris Kattan "gay" during a 1997 interview with Rolling Stone. Kattan responded by saying Norm was an "asshole." We're surprised this fight didn't lead to any hair pulling or scratching. But it did lead to Chris Kattan's unexplained absence during an episode of SNL that MacDonald hosted a year later.
ANDY KAUFMAN VS. MICHAEL RICHARDS
Beefy Highlights: Andy Kaufman made a few apperances on the '80s sketch comedy show, Fridays. But during one sketch with Michael Richards, in which two married couples go out to dinner and take turns sneaking away from the table to smoke pot, Kaufman broke character on live TV, saying he felt stupid pretending to be stoned. Richards improvised by dumping cue cards on Kaufman's lap, who then threw water in Richards' face. While the two comedians later claimed this was a gag, we're not sure since nobody ever really knew when Andy Kaufman was serious or not.
JAY LENO VS. CONAN O'BRIEN
Beefy Highlights: Even though this beef was caused mostly by a scheduling debacle made by NBC execs, it didn't seem to matter. Because when Conan O'Brien got ousted from The Tonight Show by Jay Leno, there was no shortage of snide quips made between the two hosts. Much like ninety percent of Game's beefs, we think this one was for ratings.