For a moment not so many people paid attention to the value of comedians aside the humour therapy they gave to society but today, their job makes them huge bucks compared to other professions in the world.
This year, Forbes has released a list breaking down the world’s funniest leading men (and women). Thanks to a few blockbusters, comedy tours and a decent social media following, these fellas make up the top five highest paid comedians around the globe in 2015.
1. Jerry Seinfeld: $36 million
Seinfeld had an enormous payday this year when Hulu bought the rights to his little show about nothing for a whopping $160 million.
2. Kevin Hart: $28.5 million
Hart made more than ever this year thanks to his arena his tour. Not to mention starring roles in hit films such as Think Like a Man Too, Get Hard and The Wedding Ringer.
3. Terry Fator: $21.5 million
Fator landed a lucrative residency at the Mirage Hotel in Vegas after his big “America’s Got Talent” win, reportedly bringing in $20 million a year.
4 (tie). Jeff Dunham: $19 million
Like Fator, Dunham has found luck in Vegas with a residency at Planet Hollywood.
4 (tie). Russell Peters: $19 million
Peters makes his salary as a judge on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” which propelled him to a $19 million payday.
6. Aziz Ansari: $9.5 million
Like Hart, Ansari has taken his fame from the stage to the screen. You may recall he played Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation.” He also penned a book, Modern Romance, which advanced him in the seven-figures.