i dug this thred but never posted cuz it somehow seemed too easy (it might be more efficient to name celebs we Don't hate ). so how bout this VarianT: name some personalities who strike you as exceptionally supercool & fascinating, esp. if they're not universally lauded as such. in other words, maybe lotta people either hate or ignore them, but you dig & respect both their work and their talkshow banter (which indicates they'd make great dinner-party company) of course, feel free to refute these choices too, cuz where would the fun be otherwise
the ones i was able to think of can be sorted into a few general categories:
sublime, widely-despised goofballs: tom green, david arquette, pauly shore, adam sandler, chris elliott, gilbert gottfried, bobcat goldthwait, rob schneider, ben stiller, andy dick, tom arnold jon stewart too, except he doesn't seem to want for wide acceptance as much as the others mentioned
underappreciated, underestimated femme wits: jennifer tilly, bonnie hunt, farrah, sandra b, kathy griffin, janeane garafalo (though the last two occasionally lapse into party-line feminist bitterness); note this ain't quite the same thing as overpowering, supernatural sex appeal, but the play of their minds is such an unpredictable delight they'd make Perfect galpals
austere/sleazy, style-god character actors: jean reno, terence stamp, michael ironside, james remar, david patrick kelly, jeremy irons, hugo weaving, jason mewes, ps hoffman
w/celebs like these, who needs cruise or roberts? who's next?