Any comedian will tell you the struggle to make it big is real. Living on the road out of beatdown motels, performing in front of dozens of drunk and heckling strangers doesn’t exactly rack up the dollar signs. It takes years and years of hard work and a slow rise until a comedian will start seeing their work pay off. Schumer was on the road for years before she saw a penny from her current $16 million net worth. Once she made it though, cash flow from the hit films, bestselling books, and comedy specials began to roll in. Not too shabby for a Long Island girl performing on the road for more than a decade.
We also love our favorite comedians for their incredible characters in performances in film and TV. Saturday Night Live is a playground for the country’s top talent who consistently make us crack up every week. Kristen Wiig entered our comedy vernacular from her hilarious portrayals of a number of outrageous characters on the show from the overzealous surprise party fan Sue, to the oddball sister Dooneese on The Lawrence Welk Show. For years she has had us in stitches on TV and in films such as Bridesmaids and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Comedy also allows us to poke fun at the world around us even as it goes through chaos from all directions. Late Show host Stephen Colbert masterfully tackles the unpredictable news cycle each night on his talk show. He is a skilled writer and performer who built a career on going after the injustices in the world, exposing them, and educating his audience through setups and punchlines. Fans tune in every night to hear his unique take on everything from government to popular culture. His particular spin has cemented his place as one of the top hosts in late night.
In the current comedy landscape there is something for everyone. Perhaps you like the celebrity gossip from veteran comedian and current events commentator Kathy Griffin, or the broad comedy stylings of Will Ferrell. Regardless, these comedians have rose through ranks to make their fortune allowing the world to laugh out loud.