Laughter is the best medicine. Just as doctors give us medicines, comedians give us laughter. It is the work of the comedian to make us laugh. Just the way we visit a doctor to heal our illness, similarly we go to a comedy show or sit with a comedy serial or movie with the plain aim of having a good laugh. Laughter is a stress buster, laughter makes us forget our worries, and laughter keeps us fit. Just the way a doctor has to learn his trade, so does a comedian have to gear up all the nuances and subtleties of his trick of evoking mirth and merriment. It is easier to move people to tears but is harder to bring out unrestrained and spontaneous laughter.
The need for laughter in our lives has been simply summed up by the greatest comedian of our times, Charlie Chaplin in his oft-repeated quotes.
Here’s a list of the top 10 richest comedians in the world in 2017:
10. Kevin James:
Kevin George Knifing was born on 26th of April 1965. He hails from USA. He has a number of popular sitcoms and comedy films to his credit including the hit sitcom The King of Queens, Hitch, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Grown Ups, Zookeeper etc. He started doing stand-up comedy in 1989.
His present net income is around $80 million.
9. Roseanne Barr:
Born on 3rd of November 1952, comedienne Roseanne Cherrie Barr from USA is also writer, television producer as well as director. She was the presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party in 2012. Before her famous sitcom Roseanne, she used to do stand-up comedy at clubs. She was awarded an Emmy as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Later she aired her own show, The Roseanne Show from 1998 to 2000. Her net worth is $80 million.
8. Ricky Gervais:
Ricky Dene Gervais who was born on 25th of June 1961 is from England. Apart from being a comedian and actor, he is also a director, producer, writer and former singer and manager. He was listed on the Time 100 world’s most influential people’s list in 2010. He is worth about $80 million.
7. Jeff Foxworthy:
Jeffrey Marshall Foxworthy was born on 6th of September 1958 in USA. Besides his prime role as a comedian, he is also a radio personality and voice artist. He has recorded six comedy albums. He started the sitcom “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” in the mid-1990s. His net earnings are approximately $100 million.
6. Bob Saget:
Robert Lane Saget who came into this world on 17th of May 1956 is also an American stand-up comedian, actor, and television host. He gave the voice of the future Ted Mosby on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother from 2005 to 2014. He is worth $100 million.
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5. Ray Romano:
The American comedian Raymond Albert Romano (born on 21st of December, 1957) is also a screen writer. He needs no other introduction than his role in Everybody Loves Raymond. He was awarded an Emmy for this. His net worth is $120 million.
4. Drew Carey:
Andrew Allison Carey was born on 23rd of May, 1958. He also happens to be from USA. Apart from his role as a comedian, he is also involved as a sports executive and game show host. He earned fame from his sitcom, “The Drew Carey Show”. His net worth is $165 million.
3. Jay Leno:
James Douglas Muir Leno was born on 28th of April, 1950. He is also a popular television host. In 2014, he was included in the Television Hall of Fame. His net worth is $350 million.
2. Bill Cosby:
William Henry Cosby, Jr. was born on 12th of July, 1937. He is a popular American stand-up comedian and author. He created the comedy television series Fat Albert and Cosby Kids. He has a huge fan following even at this age of 78 years. His net worth is $380 million.
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1. Jerry Seinfeld:
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld was born on 29th of April, 1954. Seinfeld has a huge fan following. His humor is primarily focused on observed human behavior and personal relationships. Seinfeld topped the Forbes list of highest paid comedians for the year 2015. His net income is $800 million.
The above list of the richest comedians in the world in 2017 based on their net income indicates that laughter business is a healthy one and so it is lucrative too. It needs special skills to make people laugh and so the richest comedians and entertainers are also very popular up in the ladder because of this. It is notable that except for one, all of the above comedians are Americans and again only one of them is a woman.