Meet The World’s Highest-Paid Comedians (2018)

The world’s ten highest-paid comedians made a grand total of $292 million, before taxes and fees, from June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018. This is a whopping $82.5 million lower than last year’s haul due to fewer Netflix deals. Jerry Seinfeld is the highest paid comedian of 2018.The Seinfeld creator earned $57.5 million before taxes and fees claiming the top spot as the world’s highest-paid comedians.

He collected multimillion-dollar dividends from his 2017 Netflix deal and Hulu’s streaming rights to all nine seasons of Seinfeld. The beloved comdian also made $30 million from stand-up comedian.

Kevin Hart took second place with $57 million only $500,000 behind Seinfeld. The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour was the biggest comedy tour of 2018 sold more than 1 million tickets. Hart banked more than $30 million alone from his tour.He also starred in the remake of Jumanji  which grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide.

Gabriel Iglesias, who last made the list in 2015, returns with a career-best haul of $20.5 million, enough for sixth place. The comedian, affectionately known as “Fluffy,” made most of his millions from performing a stunning 136 gigs, but he also inked a three-project deal with Netflix last April for a multi-camera comedy series and two new stand-up specials. He might clinch a higher spot on next year’s list thanks to his Beyond the Fluffy world tour, which starts in February.

The one newcomer is a familiar face. British comedian Ricky Gervais, who claims fifth place with $25 million, made a killing on Humanity, his first stand-up tour in seven years. He received at least $15 million, Forbes estimates, for his Netflix special of the same name. The Office co-creator has signed on for a second Netflix special that has yet to be filmed.

Without a doubt Netflix has changed the comedy economy. Armed with an original programming budget as high as $13 billion Netflix is able to outbid most other networks; the streaming service released nearly 100 stand-up specials this year alone.

Jim Gaffigan (No. 8, $17.5 million) released his latest special, Noble Ape, direct to digital, bypassing Netflix, which released his previous two specials. Hart, who launched his own fledgling streaming service, Laugh Out Loud, believes Netflix isn’t his most important revenue stream.

All earnings estimates are from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018. Figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Earnings estimates are based on data from Pollstar Pro as well as interviews with industry insiders.

The World’s Highest-Paid Comedians Of 2018

10. Sebastian Maniscalco

Earnings: $15 million

9. Jeff Dunham

Earnings: $16.5 million

8. Jim Gaffigan

Earnings: $17.5 million

7. Terry Fator

Earnings: $18 million

6. Gabriel Iglesias

Earnings: $20.5 million

5. Ricky Gervais

Earnings: $25 million

4. Chris Rock

Earnings: $30 million

3. Dave Chappelle

Earnings: $35 million

2. Kevin Hart

Earnings: $57 million

1. Jerry Seinfeld

Earnings: $57.5 million

via Forbes

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