Totaling at a whopping $69 million, Jerry Seinfeld is back on top of the highest-earning comedian on the planet in 2017, according to the top business publication Forbes. Meanwhile, Chris Rock, who earned $57 million, is the second-highest paid comedian in the world, followed by Louis C.K., who earned $52 million and Dave Chappelle, who earned $47 million.
Out of 10 comedy Heavyweights, Amy Schumer, the “Trainwreck” and “Snatched” star, is the only woman on 2017 top-earning comedians list, with a reported $37.5 million in income between June 2016 and June 2017.
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings
Kevin Hart, Jim Gaffigan, Terry Fator, Jeff Dunham, and Sebastian Maniscalco round out the top ten with $32.5 million, $30.5 million, $18.5 million, $15.5 million, and $15 million respectively.
Comedy Heavyweights: Here are the 10 highest-paid comics and their estimated earnings
- Jerry Seinfeld
Estimated annual earning: $69 million
- Chris Rock
Estimated annual earning: $57 million
- Louis C.K.
Estimated annual earning: $52 million
- Dave Chappelle
Estimated annual earning: $47 million
- Amy Schumer
Estimated annual earning: $37.5 million
- Kevin Hart
Estimated annual earning: $32.5 million
- Jim Gaffigan
Estimated annual earning: $30.5 million
- Terry Fator
Estimated annual earning: $18.5 million
- Jeff Dunham
Estimated annual earning: $15.5 million
- Sebastian Maniscalco
Estimated annual earning: $15 million
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