A history of comedian controversy

Comedians getting into trouble for things they say onstage is nothing new. These comedians have found themselves in hot water for their controversial material.
Lenny Bruce
With undercover cops in the audience, Bruce was arrested in 1964 in New York City for using obscenities during a show. The trial lasted six months, and Bruce was found guilty and sentenced to four months in a workhouse.
George Carlin
In 1972, Carlin was arrested for performing his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" routine at Summerstage in Milwaukee. The case was dismissed. Later, his routine was broadcast on the radio and the case between the FCC and the radio station went to the Supreme Court, deciding the material was indecent but not obscene.
Dane Cook
Cook joked about the shooting during "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora a week after the event took place. He apologized the next day on Twitter.
Gilbert Godfried
Three weeks after 9/11, Godfried made a joke about the hijacking at the "Roast of Hugh Hefner" and in 2011 made jokes about the tsunami in Japan, losing his job as the voice of the AFLAC duck.
Tracy Morgan
In 2011 Morgan made homophobic remarks about if his son were to be gay. He apologized, and the incident was lampooned on "30 Rock."
Michael Richards
During a 2006 show, Richards heckled a black audience member by referencing lynching and repeatedly using the N-word. He apologized on "The Late Show With David Letterman," retired from stand-up, and poked fun at the incident on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Daniel Tosh
According to a blogger, Tosh made rape jokes during a set and toward a heckler in July. He said he was misquoted and taken out of context but apologized on Twitter.

Scott Bolohan is a RedEye special contributor.

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