According to Forbes, “The list, which mainly consists of veteran funny men, is missing one important component of the comedy industry, women.”
Kevin Hart has his to his ability to pack out stadiumsto thank for his US$28.8 million only bested by Jerry Seinfeld, who raked in an immense US$36 million while a lucrative Vegas residency put Terry Fator in third at US$21.5 million. Fan favourites Aziz Ansari and Louis CK battled it out for 6th and 7th place, with Aziz just bumping Louis out by a meagre US$500,000.
Forbes says, “The male-dominated field suffers from a lack of comediennes and, as with the rest of the entertainment industry, a pay gap persists.”
The list measures earnings before subtracting management fees and taxes between June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015. Figures are based on data from Nielson, IMDB and other sources, as well as on interviews with agents, managers, lawyers, industry insiders and the stars themselves.
For comics to make the cut, their primary source of income had to come from concert ticket sales – which could partly explain the absence of successful female comedians like Amy Schumer who’ve made their mark on audiences via film and TV, rather than the stand-up circuit. Then again, Schumer also claims she barely made any money from the film Trainwreck.
The full list:
1. Jerry Seinfeld: $36 million
2. Kevin Hart: $28.8 million
3. Terry Fator: $21.5 million
4. Juff Dunham (tie): $19 million
4. Russell Peters (tie): $19 million
6. Aziz Ansari: $9.5 million
7. Louis CK: $9 million
8. Gabriel Iglesias: $8.5 million
9. John Bishop: $8 million
10. Dave Chappelle: $7.5 million
Source – dailylife.com.au