The 25 Most Controversial Comedians of All Time

9. Roseanne Barr

For the sake of comedy, Roseanne Barr will get dirty. The former sitcom star has invited controversy her entire career, most memorably in 1990 when she performed a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Padres game in San Diego. During the performance, she deliberately sang in a loud, grating tone, and afterwards, she made a point to mimic baseball players by spitting on the ground and grabbing at her crotch.

Off the diamond, she’s called Israel a “Nazi state,” and—though she does support same-sex marriage—has used a variety homophobic words, mostly in the early '90s, as insults. Makes the fact that she ran for president under the Peace and Freedom Party more than a little ironic, doesn’t it?

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