3. Bill Hicks
Bill Hicks was described as “the most dangerous comedian in the world,” and it’s not without good reason. During a performance in Scotland, Hicks forced an audience of 300 to tears with a stand-up routine that criticized everything from politics to abortion, and told members of the media that they should “kill themselves” because they’re “Satan’s spawn.”
This is all the kind of stuff that Hicks’ career was based off of. He defined his dark stand-up as “cynical humanism,” and there was rarely a bit that didn't focus on religion, sex, drugs, politics, or the media in a manner that some people today would still find extremely offensive.
One of his most controversial quotes: “You ever notice that everyone who believes in creationism looks really unevolved? Eyes real close together, big furry hands and feet. 'I believe God created me in one day.' Yeah, looks like he rushed it.” Can you imagine how many heads would explode at Fox News?