This year’s highest earning funny man, according to Forbes, is none other than actor and standup comedian Kevin Hart. He stole the spot from Jerry Seinfeld who has been the highest paid comedian since 2006.
Kevin Hart managed between June 2015 and June 2016 to make a total of $87.5 million which is over $30 million more than Seinfeld’s $43.5 million.
With those earnings, Kevin Hart also managed to climb the ranks to sixth place on the Celebrity 100. The Celebrity 100 is FORBES’ annual list of celebrity money-makers.
Forbes puts the total net worth of its 10 highest-paid comedians over the scoring period at over $233.5 million prior to taxes and management fees. In case you wondered how comedians made that type of money, their earnings came from paid appearances, endorsements, tours, DVD sales and films.
On Hart’s end, he was put over the top by intense touring. Forbes says that in the 12-month period, Hart played over 100 shows with an average gross of over $1 million at each stop. These stops were stadiums and arenas and the end of the sets usually saw him walking away with a larger pay than most rock stars.
So now you know Kevin Hart is winning, check out the rest of Forbes top ten list of highest paid comedians below;
No 1: Kevin Hart: $87.5million (£67.3 million)
No 2: Jerry Seinfeld: $43.5million (£22.5 million)
No 3: Terry Fator: $21million (£16.15million)
No 4: Amy Schumer: $17million (£13.1million)
No 5: Jeff Dunham: $13.5million (£10.4million)
No 6: Dave Chappelle: $13million (£10million)
No 7: Jim Gaffigan: $12.5million (£9.6million)
No 8: Gabriel Iglesias: $9.5million (£7.3million)
No 9: Russell Peters: $9million (£6.9 million)
No 10: John Bishop: $7million (£5.4 million)
Asides Hart’s impressive rise, another person on the list also impresses by being the first woman comedian ever to make Forbes top ten list of highest paid comedians is Amy Schumer. She come’s in fourth on the list with $17million.