A comedian is one who entertains through comedy such as jokes and other forms of humor. This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting a fool, as in slapstick or employing prop comedy. A comedian who addresses an audience directly is called a stand up comic. Any comedians have parlayed their stand up routines into big careers which have led to big bank accounts.
I think he probably made more last year than two or even three times the entire budget of his television show. It is apparently a very lucrative career at the top although I have to admit that I have never heard of a couple of these guys. Jerry Seinfeld still reigns supreme in the land of funny people at least in terms of financial earnings for the year. The list of the world’s highest paid comedians Seinfeld pulled in $36 million. Here is the list of top 10 highest paid comedians in 2016.
- Jerry Seinfeld
Net Worth: $36 million
Jerry Seinfeld is on the top position when it comes to highest paid comedian. He has gained lot praise through his online show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Seinfeld would build several dollars a year simply off of his past shows. Life has been good for the family friendly comedian, so good in fact that Jerry is one of the richest actors on the planet. His net worth is $36 million.
2. Kevin Hart
Net Worth: $28.5 million
Stand is the 2nd position with the net worth of 28.5 million. This guy steals the heart every time you watch him performing. His charismatic stage appearance is his x-factor for his immense success. They way he appears the way he speaks are all under his entertainment package.
3. Terry Fator
Net Worth: $21 million
In the past year Fator has performed more than 200 shows more than any other comedian on our list thanks to his five year contract with Las Vegas’ Mirage Hotel reportedly worth $21 million. Reality show victors rarely find career longevity after cameras cut but ventriloquist Terry Fator has been an exception since he and his puppets won America’s Got Talent in 2007.
4. Jeff Dunham
Net Worth: $19 million
Jeff Dunham born 18 April 1962 is an American ventriloquist, producer, and stand up comedian who have also appeared on numerous television shows. His style has been described as a dressed down more digestible version of Don Rickles with multiple personality disorder. Dunham has been called America’s favorite comedian and according to the concert industry publication Pollstar he is the top grossing standup act in North America and is among the most successful acts in Europe as well.
5. Russell Peters
Net Worth: $19 million
Russell Peters was born 29 September 1970 a Canadian comedian and actor. Peters also became a hip hop Junkie in his youth. By the 1990s he was a well connected DJ in the Toronto scene. On 28 September 2013 Peters was awarded the 2013 Trailblazer award by the association of South Asians in media marketing and entertainment (SAMMA) for his contributions to the world of comedy. He is among the first South Asians to achieve international success in the field.
6. Aziz Ansari
Net Worth: $9.5 million
Aziz Ansair was born 23 February 1983 an American actor and comedian. Ansari began his career performing standup comedy in New York City during the summer of 2000 while attending New York University. The parks and recreation actor earned $9.5 million through stints on stage and on screen. His book modern romance was released this year which added to his fortune.
7. Louis C.K.
Net Worth: $9 million
Louis C.K. has been making him big bucks since its debut on FX in 2010 and he continues to earn even more from it. To crown his TV show earning Louis has a lucrative deal with Netflix which pulls him quite a number of online fans. His net worth is $9 million. C.K. has released 9 comedy albums in his career and often directs and edits their comedy specials.
8. Gabriel Iglesias
Net Worth: $8.5 million
Gabriel Iglesias born 15 July 1976 is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and voice actor. Iglesias has hosted/co-hosted six episodes of Equals Three more than any other guest. He also employs voices, sound effects and storytelling in his act and his other trademark signatures include his Hawaiian shirts and a nice guy veneer. His net worth is $8.5 million. He is also one of the highest paid comedians as well.
9. John Bishop
Net Worth: $8 million
John Bishop was born 30 November 1966 an English comedian and actor who is a Pharmaceutical Rep prior to becoming a standup comedian. Funny man John also has sons Luke and Daniel with wife Melanie. All eyes seem to be locked only on Joe right now thanks to his super handsome features. The tweet a rather dashing snap of the birthday boy who has wavy long brown hair and killer cheekbones. It was enough to arouse interest from John 3.25 million followers who rushed to give their opinion. His net worth is 8 million.
10. Dave Chappelle
Net Worth: $7.5 million
Dave Chappelle was born 24 August 1973 an American comedian screenwriter, producer and actor. The show continues to run in popular late night syndication and on television networks around the world. He lives with his family in Yellow Springs Ohio and continues to perform stand up. He attracted the attention of TV network executives and developed numerous pilots but none were picked up for series. His net worth is $7.5 million.