Forbes has released its Top 10 list of the highest-paid comedians of 2017.
Using a variety of data sources, and from its own research and reporting, the business publication has determined that these funny folks made a combined $374.5 million (before any taxes or management fees, from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017); now it’s time to see whose sense of humor ended up earning some serious cash.
10. Sebastian Maniscalco
INCOME: $15 million
The only newcomer to the list, Maniscalco managed to make the list because of his extensive tour schedule and his roll as Johnny the groundhog in "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature."
9. Jeff Dunham
INCOME: $15.5 million
The ventriloquist, pictured here with his sidekick puppet Peanut, made the top ten thanks to a busy tour schedule in which he performed over 100 shows.
8. Terry Fator
INCOME: $18.5 million
Fator, who calls himself "The Voice of Entertainment," remained on the list of thanks to his residency at The Mirage hotel and casino in Las Vegas where he performed over 225 shows.
7. Jim Gaffigan
INCOME: $30.5 million
Forbes reports that Gaffigan made over one-third of his income from his Netflix stand-up special, "Cinco."
6. Kevin Hart
INCOME: $32.5 million
Forbes states that Hart's unique fan base allows him to command millions for film roles, including "Jumanji" and "Captain Underpants," and endorsement deals with brands like Nike and Tommy John.
5. Amy Schumer
INCOME: $37.5 million
Forbes reports that Rockville Centre-born Amy Schumer remains the only female comic to make the highest-paid list, thanks to endorsement deals, her book "The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo" and her Netflix stand-up, "The Leather Special."
4. Dave Chappelle
INCOME: $47 million
Chappelle made the list thanks to a deal with Netflix for three comedy specials. In addition to the eight-figure paychecks, the first two specials became Netflix's most watched stand-up specials ever.
3. Louis C.K
INCOME: $52 million
Forbes estimated that roughly a little over half of Louis C.K.'s income came from his two Netflix specials.
2. Chris Rock
INCOME: $57 million
Forbes states that Rock's comeback is thanks to a multitude of revenue streams, including his No Apologies tour, four films, a television show, an HBO special and a book.
1. Jerry Seinfeld
INCOME: $69 million
Massapequa-born Seinfeld still tours, and he also hosts the web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," but a significant portion of his earnings come from his namesake sitcom; the show has been out of production since 1999, but still earns millions annually in syndication.