No Oscars? No downside.
Although Kevin Hart stepped down as host of this previous winter’s Academy Awards, he emerged commercially unscathed after an apology tour for previous homophobic tweets. The comic maintained sponsorships with manufacturers like Mountain Dew and Chase whereas additionally releasing a Netflix particular. Throw in income from a world stadium tour, and Hart raked in $59 million between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019, incomes him the No. 1 spot on Forbes‘ record of the highest-earning stand-up comedians for the second time.
As a bunch, the top-earning comics introduced in $272 million, down $20 million from 2018. One issue behind that drop is that a few of stand-up’s heaviest hitters have laid comparatively low this 12 months, together with Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who got here in at $30 million and $35 million final 12 months, respectively. While Netflix continues to be a key issue—six of the highest ten comics had specials air on the platform throughout our timeframe—the street is one of the best place to money in on comedy.
“Nothing is ever going to beat touring,” Hart advised Forbes final 12 months. “It’s an entity that I own and control,” he added, referring to his income streams.
Coming in at No. 2 on the record is one other wildly profitable stay act: Jerry Seinfeld, whom Forbes has persistently ranked because the highest-paid comic within the trade and who was out-earned by Hart solely as soon as earlier than, in 2016. His $41 million haul is down a contact from final 12 months’s $57.5 million as he didn’t ship a particular for Netflix this 12 months. But he’ll proceed to earn huge paydays sooner or later due to a residency at The Beacon in Manhattan and funds from Hulu for Seinfeld streaming rights.
Jim Gaffigan rounds out the highest three, having earned $30 million previously 12 months. While touring continues to be the largest chunk of his enterprise, he took his probabilities on the open streaming market along with his 2018 particular, Noble Ape. His latest particular, Quality Time, is Amazon’s first push into unique stand-up specials. Gaffigan sat down with Forbes to debate how he plans to navigate an more and more complicated media panorama.
“In the entertainment industry, every house is made of ice, and it’s melting,” he mentioned. “So you better be building a new house.”
New to the record is Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who is available in at No. four with $28 million. Television hosts normally seem on a separate Forbes record (see: Ellen DeGeneres, who trounced Hart and Seinfeld this 12 months with an $80.5 million haul). Unlike Ellen, although, Noah earned the majority of his revenue this 12 months by way of stand-up, making him eligible for our record. Despite the calls for of internet hosting a late-night present, Noah made greater than 70 stops internationally and had his second Netflix particular final fall. In addition, his 2016 ebook, Born a Crime, continues to be ranked No. 1 on the New York Times’ bestseller record for paperback nonfiction.
Amy Schumer, who final appeared within the high ten in 2017, is the one girl to make the record (once more). Despite having to chop her tour quick due to a pregnancy-related well being difficulty, her tour made financial institution: According to knowledge from Pollstar, her exhibits grossed a mean of practically half 1,000,000 per metropolis. Throw in her Netflix particular Growing, and Schumer introduced in an estimated $21 million previously 12 months.
Although some issues don’t change—Seinfeld’s not going wherever—anticipate subsequent 12 months’s record to look very totally different. Chappelle has a Netflix particular popping out subsequent month, probably placing him again towards the highest of the pack. Ali Wong, who traded stand-up for rom-com this 12 months together with her Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe, is again on the street, and her tour has already raked in additional than $eight million. And Hannah Gadsby just isn’t quitting comedy in spite of everything. She’ll return to Netflix subsequent 12 months, and her U.S. tour this summer season has introduced in a mean of greater than $200,000 per cease.
All earnings estimates are from June 1, 2018, by way of June 1, 2019. Figures are pretax; charges for brokers, managers and attorneys aren’t deducted. Earnings estimates are based mostly on knowledge from Pollstar Pro in addition to interviews with trade insiders.
The World’s Highest-Paid Comedians Of 2018
10. Aziz Ansari
Earnings: $13 million
9. Jeff Dunham
Earnings: $15 million
eight. Terry Fator
Earnings: $17 million
7. Amy Schumer
Earnings: $21 million
6. Gabriel Iglesias
Earnings: $22 million
5. Sebastian Maniscalco
Earnings: $26 million
four. Trevor Noah
Earnings: $28 million
three. Jim Gaffigan
Earnings: $30 million
2. Jerry Seinfeld
Earnings: $41 million
1. Kevin Hart
Earnings: $59 million
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