If this list is any indication, comedians need a certain amount of controversy surrounding their stand-up if they want to be at all famous. No one talks about the socially sensitive guys, and that’s not going to sell any tickets. Of course, there’s a very thin line between a controversial joke and a joke gone too far, but a good comedian know how to straddle it accordingly; Daniel Tosh is not one of those comedians.
It seems there are no limits to what Tosh will poke fun at, whether on his Comedy Central series Tosh.0 or during stand-up routines. Rape? Fair game. People’s appearances? Of course. Dead babies? Sure. For instance, on one specific, recent occasion, Tosh was performing a stand-up routine that included a joke about rape, and when a female audience member yelled out that he wasn’t being funny, Tosh responded with, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…” Defenders of his comedy claim that people are just being too sensitive, and critics of his comedy claim that he doesn't know how to take criticism.
Whatever the case, though, his controversial jokes have definitely gotten the spotlight to shine on him. Whether or not it’s a good light remains to be seen.