Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Highest Paid Comedians in The World in 2016 and 2017. Humour plays an important role in everyone’s life. It is often observed that making people laugh is more difficult than making them one cry. The efforts of understanding the psychic of the audience to draw laughter are a job that comedians are known to master well. The heart tickling comedy and satire of the stand-up comedians ease out the tension in any gathering. That is the reason why they are offered whopping salary and love from the followers in the world. We can say comedy is no more a joke but a serious business and fun job in the world.
Table of Contents
- (10) Dave Chappelle ($7.5 million)
- (9) John Bishop ($8 million)
- (8) Gabriel Iglesias ($8.5)
- (7) Louis C.K ($9 million)
- (6) Aziz Ansari ($9.5 million)
- (5) Russell Peters ($19 million)
- (4) Jeff Dunham ($19 million)
- (3) Terry Fator ($21.5 million)
- (2) Kevin Hart ($28.5 million)
- (1) Jerry Seinfeld (36 million)
Here is the list of world’s top 10 highest paid comedians in 2016-2017.
(10) Dave Chappelle ($7.5 million)
Dave Chappelle began his career as a film actor in 1993.In 2003, Dave Chapelle turned the table with the launch of sketch comedy television series Chappelle’s Show and became a massive star from just another actor/comedian.Comedy Central ranked him No. 43 among the 100 Top Stand Ups Comedians of All Time. Dave has received many praises for his comic style and has been called one of the greatest comedians of all by Kevin Hart.
(9) John Bishop ($8 million)
John Bishop is a presenter, stand-up comedian and an actor. He starred in many of his own shows like John Bishop’s Britain from 2010 to 2011 and John Bishop’s Only Joking in 2013 and The John Bishop Show from 2015 until date. In 2010, UK Comedy Awards awarded James Bishop, Best Male Comedy Breakthrough Artist award. Currently, Bishop is busy with his touring and has secured BBC spots, which include his Christmas Special show.
Also Read: Richest Comedians In The World
(8) Gabriel Iglesias ($8.5)
People may not think about Gabriel Iglesias, but no one can forget Fluffy. Well known for his stage name Fluffy, Gabriel Iglesias is an American stand-up comedian, producer, voice actor and writer. His show I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy and Hot & Fluffy is among the famous comedy shows in America. Power packed tour schedule with 87 shows and many film appearances are responsible for high earnings.
(7) Louis C.K ($9 million)
Louis CK is once again an American actor, stand-up comedian, writer, director, editor, and producer. CK is known for self-deprecating, observational, dark and adult humour. He has released almost nine comedy albums in his career. His comic career has bestowed with six Emmy awards and won Grammy Award twice for his Best Comedy Album.Louis is quite familiar with both computer and television screens. He has been garnering many lucrative deals and international tours this season pretty familiar with money as well.
(6) Aziz Ansari ($9.5 million)
The major part of the fame he got was due to his comedy shows all around the world. He was highly claimed for his role of Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation in NBC series. Apart from many shows as an actor and comedian, he also released his forth-famous comedy series Live at Madison Square Garden on Netflix in the year 2015. This June, Aziz Ansari releases his first book, Modern Romance: An Investigation, which has already made him an advance in seven figures.
(5) Russell Peters ($19 million)
Canadian based standup comedian from Indian origin started performing stand up from 1989 in Toronto. He has hosted many comedy festivals across the world and is well known for observational comedy, highlighting different accents of racial cultural and ethnic stereotypes. Russell Peter has also judged many comedy shows and as a judge, his salary gives him big bucks on NBC’s Last Comic Standing making him filthy rich.
Also Read: Most Handsome Comedians In The World
(4) Jeff Dunham ($19 million)
Jeff Dunham is America’s favorite comedian, contrapuntist, and producer who have many shows to his name. His album A Very Special Christmas Special is considered as one of the most watched shows on Comedy Central. Dunham finds Las Vegas pretty luck for him. His residency at Planet Hollywood along with his cast of different characters pay him top dollar. Jeff had been one of the consistently top expensive comic for last many years.
(3) Terry Fator ($21.5 million)
Terry Wayne Fator is an American ventriloquist, singer and a stand-up comedian from the state of Texas. Terry won America’s Got Talent second season with his 16 different puppets for his acts.His permanent residency in Las Vegas at Mirage Hotel has been reportedly paying him $20 million per annum, which is a perfect figure to get him on number third highest paid list.
Also Read: Highest Paid Fun Jobs In The World
(2) Kevin Hart ($28.5 million)
Kevin Hart is one of the most famous American stand comedians. Apart from comedy, he is a writer, actor, and producer. His reputation as a comedian has grown with many comedy albums in last few years. In 2015, he was awarded MTV Comic Genius Award. The ability to run international routes with packed arena has bloomed his earnings from record-breaking numbers. In addition, starring roles in super hit films Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer and Think Like a Man Too has added features to his personal dollar machine.
(1) Jerry Seinfeld (36 million)
An American comedian, actor and producer are known to portray a semi-fictional role of himself in sitcom show Seinfeld. This year he ranked million dollars from his Seinfeld syndication when Hulu bought the copyrights to the show for record breaking deal of $160 million. Jerry is famous for observational humour, with a focus on personal relationships and social obligations. Comedy Central recognized him as 12th-greatest stand-up comedian of all time in 2005.Jerry continues to pull a large number of the crowd on his intention tours around Europe and America.
Comedy is not at all easy but the above-mentioned comedians pull the characters and story with the sheer dedication, knowledge and intellect to deliver what their audience would end up liking. These comedians are have been among the top earners for many years and have consistently working in their line of business. With so much hard work and dedication, they are sure to receive laurels, high salaries and loads of laughter’s.