Stand-up comedy is one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world, with comedians able to command large audiences and reach millions of people through live television broadcasts. Part of their appeal is that they generally are not constrained by the normal guidelines and rules of other types of comedy, which can lead to many of them being much more shocking than comedians in sitcoms and sketch shows. Many stand-ups are so controversial that they have managed to attract hate campaigns and offend significant groups of people.
Jimmy Carr has found a worldwide audience for his stand-up despite being primarily focused in the United Kingdom. His remarks often skate around the fringes of decency and are often considered in bad taste, especially when he is talking about the likes of the disabled or royalty and he can be incredibly crass when dealing with hecklers.
A self-styled anarchist, Doug Stanhope has created upset amongst his audience many a time and has made a name for himself by deliberately antagonizing religious groups. In fact, he once set up a campaign to raise $125,000 for a woman who had lost her home thanks to a natural disaster as she had said live on TV that she didn’t believe in God simply to annoy the religious community around her.