After a hectic day, some laughter feels like an instant vacation. There is nothing more contagious than laughter. In this modern world, comedy TV shows are being telecasted to entertain the masses. Stand-up comedy is a style in which a person performs in front of a live audience. Several people have tried to achieve success through this style, and some have landed roles in movies and even their own sitcoms through this comic style.
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- 10. Kevin James- $80 million
- 9. Ricky Gervais- $82 million
- 8. Roseanne Barr-$90 million
- 7. Jeff Foxworthy- $100 million
- 6. Bob Saget- $105 million
- 5. Ellen DeGeneres- $200 million
- 4. Adam Sandler- $300 million
- 3. Jay Leno- $250 million
- 2. Bill Cosby- $350 million
- 1. Jerry Seinfeld- $850 million
Here is a list of the top 10 richest comedians in the world:
10. Kevin James- $80 million
Kevin James is known for his roles in the sitcom The King of Queens and movies such as Hitch, Barnyard, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper, Here Comes the Boom, and Grown Ups 2. He began his career in stand-up comedy in the year 1989 and gained fame by appearing on talk shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller Live, The Late Late Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. He is ranked as 89th out of 100 of Comedy’ Central’s greatest stand-up comedians. James is married to Steffiana de la Cruz who is also an actress and they have four daughters.
9. Ricky Gervais- $82 million
Gervais is mainly known for his role in the BBC television series The Office. Some of the films which he has been in are Ghost Town, Muppets Most Wanted, and The Invention of Lying. Some of his stand-up comedy shows are Animals, Politics, Fame, and Science. In the year 2010, Ricky Gervais was named as one of the world’s most influential people by Time. A few of the honors which he has are the British Academy Television Award, British Comedy Award, Shorty Award, Broadcasting Pres Guild Award, and Satellite Award.
8. Roseanne Barr-$90 million
This actress, comedian, and director started her career as a stand-up comedian and then gained popularity after the airing of her sitcom Roseanne. The show was very successful and ran for nine seasons. After it ended, she started a talk show, The Roseanne Show which aired for two years, and then she returned to stand-up comedy by going on a world tour. Some of the awards she has received are the American Comedy Award, Emmy Awarad, Golden Globe Award, People’s Choice Award, and TV Land Award.
7. Jeff Foxworthy- $100 million
This actor, stand-up comedian, television and radio personality, and voice artist is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour along with Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and Ron White. His comedy albums include You Might Be a Redneck If…, and Totally Committed. In television, he had a sitcom called The Jeff Foxworthy Show, hosted Are You Smarter than A 5th Grader, and is the host of The American Baking Competition. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour consisted of over 20 shows and lasted for three years. His voice work includes being the voice of Handy in The Smurfs as well as Lindbergh in The Aviators.
6. Bob Saget- $105 million
Bob Saget is famous for his role in the sitcom Full House and hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos. He also has a comedy album called “That’s What I’m Tlakin’ About”, which earned him a nomination for a Grammy award. A few of the films he has starred in are Devices, Full High Moon. Critical Condition, For Goodness Sake, Meet Wally Sparks, and New Love, American Style. His voice was the voice of the future Ted Mosby on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother from the years of 2005 to 2014. He is one amongst the Top 10 Richest Comedians in The World 2017.
5. Ellen DeGeneres- $200 million
Ellen DeGeneres is well known for her sitcom Ellen and her own television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Her career in stand-up comedy started by an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She has starred in the following films: Mr. Wrong, EDtv, and The Love Letter. Her voice is the voice of Nemo in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. She has been the host of several awards such as the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. In total, she has won 13 Emmys and 14 People’s Choice Awards.
4. Adam Sandler- $300 million
Adam Sandler is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Some of his most famous movies are Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer, Mr. Deeds, Hotel Transylvania, and Punch-Drunk Love. His career started with the role of Smitty in The Cosby Show. Some of his donations include $1 million to the Boys and Girls Club as well as $2,100 to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. He is married to Jacqueline Titone and has two daughters Sadie and Sunny.
3. Jay Leno- $250 million
James Douglas Muir Leno is a comedian, actor, and television host. He hosted The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from the years 1992 to 2009. Stand-ins on his show included Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, and Dennis Miller. Some of the recent films he has been in are Igor, Delivery Man, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, and Ted 2. He has won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, People’s Choice Award, and Hasty Pudding Man of the Year, among other awards.
2. Bill Cosby- $350 million
Bill Cosby was first a stand-up comedian beginning his career in clubs in Philadelphia and New York City. His contract with Warner Bros. Records was made possible from his national exposure on The Tonight Show in the year 1963. The Cosby Show is his greatest success which premiered in 1984. It is the highest ranking tv serial. After the ending of the show, he moved on to other projects like the game show You Bet Your Life and The Cosby Mysteries.
1. Jerry Seinfeld- $850 million
This actor, comedian, writer, and producer is well-known for the sitcom Seinfeld which he plays a role of a semi fictional version of himself. Some movies he has been in are Pros & Cons, Comedian, Bee Movie, and Top Five. He was named by Comedy Central in 2005 to be the 12th Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time. On television, he has been on Mad about You, Dilbert, 30 Rock, Louie, and many other serials. In standup comedy, he specializes in the field of observational humor.
This was the list of the Top 10 popular and Richest comedians in the world 2017. They have attained a huge popularity around the world and have been very successful in their profession. It’s always good to follow such stand-up comedy shows as “A day without laughter, is a day wasted”.