Jerry Seinfeld Tops Highest-Paid Comedians List

Jerry Seinfeld still reigns supreme in the land of funny people, at least in terms of financial earnings for the year.

According to Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid comedians, Seinfeld pulled in $36 million between June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015. Hulu’s recent acquisition of the streaming rights to “Seinfeld” for $160 million certainly provided a jolt to Seinfeld’s earnings, in addition to the money he makes from standup tours and his Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Kevin Hart came in second on the list with $28.5 million for the year. His movies, including “Think Like a Man Too,” “Get Hard,” and “The Wedding Ringer,” plus his sellout arena tour, helped propel him from fifth place, which was his position when Forbes last ranked comedians’ earnings in 2013.

Terry Fator and Jeff Dunham both ended up high on the list due to their time in Las Vegas. Fator earned $21.5 million and Dunham nabbed $19 million last year, thanks in large part to their Vegas residencies.

Russell Peters tied Dunham with $19 million. His role as a judge on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” added to his coffers.

Buoyed by his “Parks and Recreation” fame as fan-favorite Tom Haverford, Aziz Ansari pulled in $9.5 million. His seven-figure advance for his book “Modern Romance” also helped improve his ranking.

The bottom five on Forbes’ list include Louis C.K. at $9 million, Gabriel Iglesias at $8.5 million, John Bishop at $8 million and Dave Chapelle with $7.5 million.

Reflecting the the comedy industry as a whole, women are notably absent from Forbes’ list, which is comprised of comics whose primary source of income comes from ticket sales, measuring earnings before subtracting management fees and taxes.

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