Andrew Dice Clay
The stage act of this stand-up comedian-turned-actor reaped controversy for being over-laden with obscenities and was considered to be misogynistic by feminists and most thinking people. Andrew 'Dice' Clay nevertheless found the shtick to propel him to stardom after years of performing in small clubs with an appeal to the urban/suburban teenaged white boys, confused about their roles as men in the changing times. Clay, decked in a leather jacket with a dangling cigarette, spoke in Brooklyn slang and used so many nasty words and disgusting references that he was banned from MTV after an appearance on "The 1989 MTV Video Awards." The controversy continued the following year when Clay's booking as the guest host on the final show of the season of "Saturday Night Live" caused cast member Nora Dunn to boycott the show in protest of his remarks about women. Dunn never returned to the cast, but Clay's gig was pretty much up as well. He disappeared for several years, failing to become a TV sitcom star with a cleaned-up act in the mid-1990s, and eventually settled into a lower-profile career as a character actor, garnering acclaim for his roles in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" (2013) and the Martin Scorsese-backed cable drama "Vinyl" (HBO 2016- ).