Highest Paid Comedians Of All Time

12th November 2021

Highest Paid Comedians Of All Time
Maria Hanlon

Maria Hanlon

Comedians are often ranked as the highest-paid celebrities in the world, making us laugh in return for their wealth. However, which comedians are the highest paid? Can you guess? Well, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 highest-paid comedians of all time for you below.

Top 10 Highest Paid Comedians 

Here is our list of the top ten highest-paid comedians and stand-up comedians in the world:

1. Kevin Hart – $59M 

Kevin Hart is often called the 21 Century’s ‘Comedy King’. The actor and comedian made his fortune from his hugely successful comedy career. Hart is popular for his appearances in ‘I’m a Grown Little Man’ and ‘Seriously Funny’ and earns an impressive $59 million per year.


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2. Jerry Seinfeld – $41M

Jerry Seinfeld co-created the famous TV series ‘Seinfeld’ along with Larry David. The TV series is very highly rated and gained huge popularity when it was released back in 1989.

Larry Seinfeld has starred in several shows since then also including ‘Frankie on Benson’ and ‘The Tonight Show’, adding to this wealth and making him one of the richest comedians in the world.


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3. Jim Gaffigan – $30M

Jim Gaffigan is a well-known actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Gaffigan has many successful comedy specials including ‘Obsessed’, ‘Mr. Universe’, ‘Cinco’ and ‘Quality Time’. He was raised in Indiana and his material usually focuses on fatherhood, food, laziness, and observations.

As of 2021, Jim Gaffigan’s net worth is approximately $30 million, resulting in him being one of the highest-paid comedians ever. 


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4. Trevor Noah – $28M

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, actor, television host, and radio DJ who has a net worth of over $100 million.

After making a name for himself on the international stand-up comedy circuit, Noah made his big break in America when he became the host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ taking the place of Jon Stewart.


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5. Sebastian Maniscalco – $26M

Sebastian Maniscalo is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor who began his career in 1998 performing at open mics, he has since released 5 comedy specials. As well as his comedy work, he has also landed supporting acting roles in critically acclaimed films, ‘Green Book’ (2018) and ‘The Irishman’ (2019). 


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6. Gabriel Iglesias – $22M

Gabriel Iglesias is an American actor, comedian, and writer who has a net worth of $40 million. Iglesias is a renowned stand-up comedian who tours all over America, performing stand-up to sold-out crowds of devoted fans. He’s also released many comedy specials on Netflix lately, where he is also the star of his own sitcom.


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7. Amy Schumer – $21

Amy Schumer is an American stand-up comedian and actress. Schumer began her comedy career in the early 2000s before appearing as a contestant on the fifth season of the NBC reality competition series Last Comic Standing in 2007.

Schumer is also known for being an actress, she’s been in movies such as ‘Snatched’, ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Trainwreck’.


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8. Terry Fator – $17M

Terry Fator is an American ventriloquist, comedian, and singer who can impressively make over 100 ventriloquial impersonations. He normally uses 16 different puppets in his acts and is one of the highest-paid comedians in the world. He gained national recognition for his talent when he won the second season of America’s Got Talent, which helped to boost his fan base.


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9. Jeff Dunham – $15M

Like Terry Fator, Jeff Dunham is also an American comedian and ventriloquist and is one of the highest-paid comedians in the world. Dunham earns anywhere from $15 – 30 million per year.

He achieved the Guinness Book of World Records record for ‘most tickets sold for a stand-up comedy tour’ for his Spark of Insanity tour, performing in 386 venues worldwide.


jeff dunham comedian

10. Aziz Ansari – $13M

Aziz Ismail Ansari is an American actor, producer, writer, director, and comedian from Columbia. He is known for his role on the NBC ‘Park and Recreation’ and ‘Master of None’. He has won several acting and writing awards for his performance in the series. Aziz became the first Indian American and Asian actor to win a Golden Globe for acting in television. 


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Highest Paid British Comedians

You might have noticed that list consisted of mostly American comedians, however there are plenty of UK based comedians who are incredibly well paid for their talent.

Here is our list of highest-paid British Comedians:

Now You Know Everything About The Highest Paid Comedians Of All Time

That’s everything you need to know about the highest-paid comedians in the world. We hope you’ve enjoyed discovering who the top earners in comedy are, and if you’d like more inspiration, check out our blog for our other comedy articles. Happy reading and performing!

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