Comedians have a tough job, I mean making people laugh, but like really laugh, isn’t easy. People want their eyes to water, their guts to feel like they’re turning into plates of steel, and their faces to awkwardly spasm with no control. Now, that’s how you know you’ve delivered a joke that’s out of this world. And the comedians on this list have done this a time or two. From Robin Williams to Amy Poehler to Jerry Seinfeld to Tina Fey, these are just some of the world’s greatest comedians. And many of them are laughing their way to the bank – buh dum tss. Without further ado, we’ve compiled a list of just how much comedians really earn, we hope you’re ready to see these figures!
Amy Schumer – $16 million
Firstly, let’s congratulate Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer for tying the knot on February 13, 2018! Second, Schumer was a bit of comedian before she took the stage in 2007 on season five of Last Comic Standing. The 36 year old is well known as the creator, co-producer, co-writer and star of Inside Amy Schumer, a sketch comedy series. We’re fairly certain that $16 million net worth of hers is going to continue to grow.
Kristen Wiig – $16 million
Many of the comedians on this list you’ll come to notice got their start, or gained popularity, while on SNL – Gilly is no exception either! Currently Kristen Wiig seems more focused on her film career, to date she’s appeared in Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters, and The Spoils of Babylon.
Amy Poehler – $18 Million
What more could we tell you about Amy Poehler that you don’t already know? The 18-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee has a cool $18 million in the bank, a number we’re sure will grow over time. Oh, and the Parks and Recreation star earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.
Jon Stewart – $80 Million
Who hasn’t watched The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? We’re sure not many can say “no” here, there are 17 seasons to binge! Just before the comedian left The Daily Show and signed a deal in 2015 with HBO, he auctioned off suits he wore while filming to charity. Now that’s impressive. Stewart is currently worth a slick $80 million and there’s no doubt that number will rise.
Tracy Morgan – $50 Million
Saturday Night Live introduced us to the hilarious Tracy Morgan, and thank goodness for that. And let’s not forget his work on 30 Rock either. This Emmy nominated comedian and actor is known for his crazy characters and wild behavior whether it’s on-stage or on-screen. I mean, he is worth $50 million so it’s all paying off.
Melissa McCarthy – $50 Million
After working in stand up in New York, Melissa McCarthy decided to pack a bag and head to Los Angeles. In LA, she joined the comedy troupe The Groundlings and not long after did she land the legendary role as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls. Recently she earned an Emmy for her role on Mike & Molly and has gone on to star in films like Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy. McCarthy and her $50 million are doing more than fine.
Jay Leno – $350 Million
As far as comedic geniuses go, Jay Leno is at the top of the list. Leno’s work on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno meant he was taking home a sizable $30 million per year. Way more than any of us could even contemplation I’m sure! We’re sure Leno is enjoying retired life as he’s sitting pretty with $350 million.
Rebel Wilson – $2.5 Million
Australian comedian Rebel Wilson actually attended law school before becoming a comedian. Why did the 37 year old do this? As a back up if comedy didn’t pan out. Makes sense. Although we’re sure Wilson will remain in Hollywood for quite some time. Especially when she’s appeared in the likes of Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids.
Ellen DeGeneres – $360 Million
1978 is when Ellen DeGeneres kicked off her career as a stand up comedian, and now’s one of the greatest daytime talk show hosts in the world. At 60, she’s also quite the actress, writer, and producer. DeGeneres’ numerous charity works earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
Tina Fey – $65 Million
20 years. That’s how long Tina Fey has been making us laugh until we cry. Whether it’s because of SNL or 30 Rock or Baby Mama, Fey is the queen of comedy. Currently she’s the creator of the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and if you’re not watching it, what are you waiting for? Oh yeah, she’s also the author of a New York Times best seller, Bossypants. Just what will she do next? Earn another $65 million? The possibilities are endless.
Steve Harvey – $120 Million
We all know Steve Harvey as the host of Family Feud, a show for which he earns $30 million a year. Even though Harvey is worth a cool $120 million now, once upon a time he was homeless and even living out of his car. Together with his wife, Marjorie, the duo run a charity foundation.
Bill Murray – $140 Million
Yet another comedian who started out on Saturday Night Live. But hey, Bill Murray has come a long way since then, apart from being worth $140 million, he’s starred in some of the greatest films out there. Ahem, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day, anyone? Moreover in 2016, Murray earned the ‘Mark Twain Prize for American Humor’.
Stephen Colbert – $45 Million
Whether you consider him the King of sarcastic political humor or not, one thing is sure, Stephen Colbert is wickedly funny. From The Daily Show to The Colbert Report to The Late Show, Colbert is hilarious in any setting and has $45 million to his name.
Johnny Carson – $300 Million
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Johnny Carson is the original King of comedy. Carson isn’t just known for his late night television show, but also for his tremendous charity contributions. I mean, he did donate $165 million to many charity organizations, most of which helped the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. When Carson passed away in 2005, his net worth was $300 million.
Billy Crystal – $45 Million
From Saturday Night Live to hosting the Academy Awards to cementing his status as a film star (When Harry Met Sally…, duh), 69 year old Billy Crystal has been killing it as a comedian since 1975. He’s earned $45 million along the way.
Adam Sandler – $360 Million
There are just so many Adam Sandler films we could watch on repeat, 50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer, The Water Boy, Big Daddy, and so on. Now Sandler is more than just a comedian and actor, he’s also a screenwriter, film producer, and musician (“The Chanukah Song”, anyone?). With $350 million to his name, Sandler is doing more than fine.
Jeff Dunham – $60 Million
Either you love Jeff Dunham’s ventriloquist dummy or it completely creeps you out, either way you can’t deny he’s struck gold. And guys, he even holds the Guinness world record, and not for what you think, but for THE most tickets purchased for a stand-up tour. Nicely done!
Dave Chappelle – $45 Million
When Esquire magazine dubs you the “comic genius of America”, you’re a pretty big deal. Moreover Chappelle is an award winning comedian, actor, writer, and producer, but you knew that already. Granted Chappelle’s Show, his sketch comedy series, isn’t on air anymore, but there is a late-night syndication.
Rowan Atkinson – $130 Million
The one and the same, folks! Rowan Atkinson IS Mr. Bean, the awkward, clumsy, goofy man we all know and love. At 62, the English actor, comedian, and screenwriter has more than earned $130 million.
Conan O’Brien – $85 Million
You know the saying “Started from the bottom, now we here”? Sure you do, well Conan O’Brian is no exception. He began as a mere writer for Saturday Night Live and now he’s regarded as one of the best late night show hosts of all time. From Late Night to The Tonight Show to Conan, his “awkward, self-deprecating humor” has gotten him far!
Jeff Foxworthy – $100 Million
“You might be a redneck” if you have $100 million and still live in a trailer. (We’re kidding, Jeff Foxworthy definitely doesn’t live in a trailer but you get the point. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour member and host of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? has earned a sick $100 million and isn’t about to slow down at any point.
Eddie Murphy – $75 Million
Saturday Night Live is how and where Eddie Murphy launched his career. Although to most of us he’ll always be Donkey in Shrek, the animal whisperer in Dr. Doolittle, and the kind obese man in The Nutty Professor. With $75 million and a number of awards, Murphy is set for life.
Ricky Gervais – $80 Million
Obviously you know that the British actor and comedian is beyond hilarious, however did you know that he actually started out as a pop star? Yeah, no, you read that correctly. A pop star! Gladly the gig didn’t work out and Gervais set his sights on comedy, which has gone on to earn him $80 million and bless us with The Office.
Chelsea Handler – $35 Million
Loud-mouthed and sassy is definitely one way to describe Chelsea Handler. Seriously though, the 42 year old says and does all, and that’s why we love her. From 2007 to 2014, she was the host of Chelsea Lately and in 2016 she released a documentary series, Chelsea Does. Now she’s got her own show on Netflix titled Chelsea.
Martin Lawrence – $110 Million
Before becoming a comedian, Martin Lawrence actually pursued a career as a profession boxer until an injury forced him to rethink his career choice. We guess it’s a good thing otherwise Blue Streak and Bad Boys would have never been the same. Besides, his career choice has earned him $110 million so far.
Drew Carey – $165 Million
After finishing his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Drew Carey set his sights on stand-up comedy. Eventually his popularity grew, especially when he starred in his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show. Then he went on to host the U.S. version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and recently took over for Bob Barker on The Price Is Right.
Bill Cosby – $400 Million
Granted Bill Cosby is no one’s favorite grandpa anymore but he’s still got $400 million in the bank. Before his recent legal troubles, Cosby paved the way for African-American comedians and even built his very own TV empire. With three Emmys for I Spy and numerous awards and familiarity with The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby is a name we’ll never forget.
Jerry Seinfeld – $870 Million
Maybe you’ve never watched Seinfeld or you’re a die-hard fan, the point is, you know the show regardless. The 63 year old comedian not only co-wrote but he starred in the series, which was so darn good that it was named after him. Now that’s incredible. Currently he’s the creator and host of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Plus, he’s got $870 million to his name!
Eric Idle – $40 Million
Do we really need to tell you that Eric Idle is a member of the classic and epic Monty Python? Didn’t think so. Idle has played numerous characters in the sketch comedy group and you’ve surely seen him in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which was made into a hugely successful and Tony-winning Broadway musical Spamalot.
Steve Martin – $130 Million
The 60’s are when Steve Martin gained notice as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Since then he’s turned into one of the greatest actors, comedians, writers, producers, and musicians around. The 72 year old also has earned an Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy award along the way.
Kathy Griffin – $20 Million
We’re sure that Kathy Griffin will never live down the “Donald Trump joke that was taken too far” but she was a pretty impressive comedian before becoming an actress. Moreover six years in a row, she was nominated for Best Comedy Album. Eventually she won it in 2014 – which makes her the third female comedian to do so, Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg were the others.
Jack Black – $20 million
48 year old Jack Black is a comedian, actor, writer, producer, musician, and singer – a real-life Jack of all trades! Black has a film holding in comedy films such as Shallow Hal, the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and Tropic Thunder, that $20 million of his is richly deserved.
David Spade – $40 million
The 90’s are when David Spade was brought on to work at SNL and man did that change his whole life. Although most of his skits are loaded with sarcasm and self-deprecation, but hey, to each their own. Spade has a long list of film and TV roles to his name, such as Tommy Boy, Just Shoot Me!, Joe Dirt, Grown Ups, and more.
Whoopi Goldberg – $45 million
With 13 Emmy Awards nominations, Whoopi Goldberg is a force to be reckoned with. She is just one of a handful of entertainers to win an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. Impressive? We’d say so. Goldberg is also the TV talk show host of The View.
Chris Rock – $70 million
First Chris Rock worked as a stand up comedian before landing film roles, eventually SNL came calling and the rest is history. To date he’s earned four Emmys and three Grammy Awards. And don’t forget that $70 million either.
Will Ferrell – $80 million
There’s not much you don’t know about Will Ferrell, now is there? Didn’t think so! The 90’s are when Ferrell hit the stage of SNL and shortly after, his brilliant and hilarious films came onto the big screen.
Kevin James – $80 million
For Kevin James, his breakthrough role came when he was cast as the lead on The King of Queens. Doug Heffernan was a stand up comedian with some television appearances to his belt, until his friend Ray Romano stepped in. James appeared on Everybody Loves Raymond and that’s what got producers attention for The King of Queens.
Bob Saget – $100 million
Let’s see, we all know Bob Saget as Danny Tanner from Full House, the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, and the voice of future Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother. Oh, his 2014 comedy album earned him a Grammy as well.
Sacha Baron Cohen – $110 million
The king of accents? Yeah, we can see how you’d draw that conclusion. The 46 year old is best known as the man behind Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard, and Admiral General Aladeen.
Kevin Hart – $120 million
When first starting out, Kevin Hart won tons of amateur comedy competitions before his big break in 2001. What happened in 2001? He was cast in a recurring role on Undeclared. Despite the show’s one season reign, Hart’s career shot off. Since then, he’s gone on to star in films like Think Like a Man, About Last Night, and Central Intelligence.
Ray Romano – $130 million
Who doesn’t know Ray Romano for his role in Everybody Loves Raymond? The one that earned him an Emmy. There’s not many who can say they’ve never seen him in that role! Romano was also the voice of Manny in the film franchise Ice Age. From 2012 to 2015, Romano he had a recurring role in Parenthood.
Dan Aykroyd – $135 million
Oh man, yes Dan is an original member from Saturday Night Live‘s “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” skit. And we also have to thank him for his and John Belushi’s musical sketch titled The Blues Brothers, which was then later made into a movie. Oh yeah, Ghostbusters, anyone?
Seth MacFarlane – $200 million
Next up is the creator of Family Guy, but you probably already knew that! Seth MacFarlane’s work on Family Guy went on to earn him an Annie Award. Futhermore the $200 million comedian is a two-time recipient of Primetime Emmy Awards.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker – $400 million
Meet the men behind South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker! Stone and Parker have total creative control over the show’s message – and we all know how extreme the show can get. Matt and Trey have done work in film, theater, and video games.
Larry David – $800 million
We’re not at all surprised to learn that Larry David is worth $800 million! The writer, actor, comedian, and producer has created some of the greatest shows on Earth – Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, anyone? He’s unstoppable in all that he does and that’s a fact you can take to the bank.
Louis C.K. – $25 million
Yes, we’re well aware that not many people like Louis C.K. at the moment, and for good reason. However we’ll just say that he started out as a comedian in 1984 – in fact he was the opening act for Jerry Seinfeld! And, uhh, well the rest is history.
Sarah Silverman – $12 Million
When it comes to joking about social taboos and controversial topics, Sarah Silverman doesn’t draw any lines in the sand. From sexism to religion to racism and more, Silverman doesn’t hesitate to poke fun at whatever she wants. To date, her work in television has landed her two Primetime Emmy Awards. She still writes and acts occasionally for SNL.
Aziz Ansari – $18 Million
Upright Citizens Brigade is where Aziz Ansari got his start in comedy, and it didn’t take long for him to deliver stand up comedy gold. With many connections in his pocket, Ansari started the MTV show “Human Giant” in 2005. Although he’s best known for his role in Parks and Recreation.
Fred Armisen – $8 Million
Ahem, Fred Armisen began his career not in comedy or acting, but instead as a drummer for the punk band Trenchmouth. Interesting. Shortly after and he was drumming for the Blue Man Group! Eventually he retired from music in order to focus on TV. From 2002 to 2012, Armisen was a member of the SNL crew and starred in films like Eurotrip.
Jane Lynch – $10 Million
Let’s see, Jane Lynch made her mark in various Christopher Guest’s improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. The 57 year old is also an actress and singer who has gone on to star in Glee, Two and a Half Men, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and more.
Rob Huebel – $1.5 Million
At 27, Rob Huebel began his career with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre before becoming a sketch actor on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Huebel also appeared in TV and film with roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, 30 Rock, The Other Guys, and Horrible Bosses 2.
Jim Gaffigan – $6 Million
Many comedians use their real life experience to deliver jokes, and 51 year old Jim Gaffigan is no exception. He often jokes about food, observations, laziness, and fatherhood. Something most of us can relate to! Moreover Mr. Universe and Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed, two of his comedy specials went on to receive Grammy nominations.
Roseanne Barr – $80 Million
First of all, Barr began her career in stand up but it was her role in Roseanne that propelled her career to stardom. If you haven’t heard yet, Roseanne is actually set to debut as a mini-series in 2018. Barr also moonlights as a writer, a producer, a director, and a talk show host.
Trevor Noah – $13 Million
South African TV and radio host and comedian Trevor Noah has a recognizable face and hilarious jokes. The 33 year old took over for Jon Stewart when he stepped down as host of The Daily Show back in 2015. Plus in September 2017, Comedy Central decided to extend Noah’s contract until 2022.
Larry the Cable Guy – $50 Million
Dan Whitney, AKA Larry the Cable Guy, is the king of “redneck” jokes and his “Git ‘er done” catchphrase. Currently he’s a member of the successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour and also the subsequent TV series, plus he’s putting out chart-topping comedy albums.
Ron White – $30 Million
“They Call Me Tater Salad” and “You Can’t Fix Stupid” are just a few jokes that has earned Ron White $30 million over the years. The 61 year old comedian has made audiences laugh thanks to his Blue Collar Comedy Tours, DVD’s and CD’s.
Betty White – $18 Million
Who doesn’t adore Betty White?! (And if anyone says “I do”, we’re no longer friends, sorry not sorry). The 95 year old indeed has THE longest TV career out of any female entertainer. Impressive? You betcha! White is best known as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls – both of which earned her Emmys. In her 75 years in the industry, White has earned eight Emmys, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Grammy.
Andy Samberg – $16 Million
Young Sandwich was once a member of a comedy music group called The Lonely Island and from 2005 to 2012, he worked with Saturday Night Live. No doubt you know that Samberg is an actor, and currently he stars on the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine (for which he won Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy).
Jim Carrey – $150 million
1990, that’s when Jim Carrey first became recognized a comedian. And it’s all due to his recurring role in the sketch comedy series, In Living Color. Since then he’s starred in some of the greatest comedy films around, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask , Liar Liar , and so much more. We can only imagine that his net worth of $150 million will continue to grow.
Robin Williams – $50 Million
True, it’s a bittersweet feeling to include Robin Williams on this list however as one of greatest, most treasured comedians to ever live, how could we not? Williams left his mark in the comedy world, the film industry, and with many charity organizations, his fan base is endless and global. You are missed!