The 25 Most Controversial Comedians of All Time

21. Andrew Dice Clay

Andrew Dice Clay has such a history of explicit and profane material that he was banned from MTV in 1989 for reciting what he called “adult nursery rhymes” during the VMAs. Considering that the routine involved a poem that began, “Little Bo Peep fucked her sheep,” this isn't surprising.

The ban was lifted in 2011, but Clay hasn’t stopped being any less crude—apart from an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1990 when he broke down in tears in response to accusations of misogyny.

In 1990, Clay had hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, famously prompting cast member Nora Dunn and the scheduled musical guest, Sinead O’Connor, to boycott the episode because of his participation.

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