Many of the famous comedians that we know and love have transitioned from standup to mainstream comedy at some point in their career. There seems to be a pattern in the life of a famous comedians as many start out either writing for comedy shows such as Saturday Night Live or doing standup in comedy clubs. Eventually, if they manage to land a role in a movie or get a big break, they shot themselves into stardom and suddenly everyone knows who they are.
The comedians that made our list would make any business executive envious of their earrings. This list contains comedians who are at the beginning of their careers and continue to gain fame as well as comedians who have been working in the industry for decades.
Many of the comedians who earn the most are not just performers but also the minds behind successful shows like South Park and The Simpsons. Television is a way many people enjoy escaping from the real world and love losing themselves in hilarious series. Some of these well known and innovative comedy shows include 30 Rock, The Late Show, and Saturday Night Live.
Comedians are some of the most talented and hard working people in Hollywood as they have the difficult task of making audiences laugh. They have to walk a thin line with their jokes and make sure they don’t disappoint or offend too many people. There have been many cases when people have criticized comedians for making jokes too soon after a tragedy. However, most of them manage to make us laugh without raising too many eyebrows.
So, have you ever been curious about how much your favorite comedians are worth? Get ready to see the how many zeros are at the end of these funny stars’ bank accounts.
Amy Schumer | $16 million
She may have only made it big in the past couple of years, but Amy Schumer has been making people laugh since the early 2000s. She made a big splash with her hit movie Trainwreck in which she was the star. She also stars in her own comedy show on Comedy Central entitled ‘Inside Amy Schumer’. Amy’s career shows no signs of stopping and her current net worth of $16 million will likely keep growing.
Kristen Wiig | $16 million
We all know Kristen from her hilarious movies such as Sausage Party and Bridesmaids as well as from her time on the sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live. Through her many acting and comedy gigs she has earned a net worth of $16 million. Kristen got her start in comedy after acting in an improv group and sending an audition tape to SNL. Since her SNL days she has become a movie star and has worked with actors like Will Ferrell and Jon Hamm.
Amy Poehler | $18 million
Another SNL alumnus, Amy Poehler also acted in multiple improv groups including Chicago’s Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. She made it on SNL before her friend and comedy partner Tina Fey. In addition to her improv and sketch comedy credentials, Poehler has had acting roles in films and shows like Mean Girls, Sisters, and Arrested Development. Through all of her work she has earned a respectable net worth of $18 million.
Louis CK | $25 million
It seems that everyone on the planet has heard of Louis CK. While he may have only risen to stardom in recent years, CK has been performing standup since the 1980s when he began doing open mic nights. CK now has multiple comedy specials and has appeared in films such as American Hustle. He also has his own show called Louie. CK has earned every penny of his net worth of $25 million and it looks like his career is only going up.
Jack Black | $30 million
We could not have completed our list of wealthy comedians without mentioning Jack Black. The funny man got his break out role in the movie School of Rock which was so successful that it spawned a Broadway musical version. Jack has also starred in films like Goosebumps and Kung Fu Panda. Black earned his $30 million net worth through a combination of his acting roles and through being the lead vocalist of his musical group Tenacious D.
Chelsea Handler | $35 million
Chelsea Handler got her start on television on a hidden camera reality show called Girls Behaving Badly. She continued to get spots on television until she landed her own show called The Chelsea Handler Show. While that did not last, she now has her own talk show which has been on the air for 7 years and has contributed to her net worth as she earns $12.5 per year from the show. Handler’s net worth is likely to grow as she recently signed a docu-series deal with Netflix with a price tag of $10 million.
Kathy Griffin | $20 million
Kathy Griffin recently caused a lot of controversy over a very contentious picture that was released involved the president, which resulted in her losing a hosting job and multiple endorsements. But before her career took a turn for the worse, she made herself very well-known for poking fun at herself on her show My Life on the D-List. Kathy has many credits from having roles in both film and television which earned her a net worth of $20 million.
Robin Williams |* 130 million
Robin Williams, who unfortunately passed away in 2014, was one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood. He got his big break in the 1970s when he starred in Mork and Mindy. He gained more fame through his amazing performances in movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poet’s Society, and voicing the character of the Genie in the Disney movie Aladdin. Williams had an estimated net worth of $130 million before his death but it is reported that he was almost bankrupt due two going through two divorces.
Jim Carrey | $150 million
Jim Carrey is one of the most famous comedians and is best known for his roles in films such as The Truman Show, Ace Ventura, Batman Forever and Liar Liar. Carrey first got his start on the sketch comedy show In Living Color and his career blossomed from there. Carrey’s wacky antics and unique comedy style have earned him a respectable net worth of $150 million. Carrey is Canadian and the country even issued a postage stamp with his face on it.
Adam McKay | $40 million
You may have never heard of Adam McKay since he is usually behind the camera unlike some of the other stars on this list. McKay is a director and is behind such hilarious films as Anchorman, Step Brothers and The Big Short. With films like that under his belt, he definitely deserves his $40 million. McKay actually auditioned to be a cast member of SNL was rejected, we guess he got the last laugh.
David Spade | $40 million
David Spade has one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood as he has been in the business for decades. He made it onto SNL as a cast member through his friend and comedian Dennis Miller. He starred in notable films such as Tommy Boy, Grown Ups, and he was the voice of Emperor Kuzco in The Emperor’s New Groove. It is no wonder that he has amassed a net worth of $40 million over his long spanning career.
Stephen Colbert | $45 million
Most people know Stephen Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report but the late night host got his start in improv in the group ImprovOlympic. He also briefly worked as a writer for SNL and auditioned but got rejected. Nowadays, Colbert is making a comfortable living with a salary of $15 million a year hosing The Late Show where he discusses political issues with his added touch of comedy. Colbert’s $45 million net worth is sure to keep growing.
Billy Crystal | $45 million
Billy Crystal is basically a Hollywood legend as he has starred in blockbuster hits such as When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, and is the voice of the one-eyed monster Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc. In addition, Crystal is an author, a Broadway actor and he has hosted the Oscars eight times. Through all of his credentials, it is not surprising that Crystal has gained a net worth of $45 million.
Whoopi Goldberg | $45 million
Whoopi Goldberg has been in the business for many years and got her start on television and broadway. She eventually found her way to working in comedy and branched out into more solemn roles like in the movie adaptation of The Colour Purple. She acted in comedic roles in movies such as Sister act and voiced one of the hyenas in the Lion King. She is currently a guest host on the talk show The View and is adding to her net worth of $45 million.
Melissa McCarthy |$50 million
Melissa McCarthy made us laugh until we cried with her comedic role in the epic movie Bridesmaids. Since then, it seems that Melissa McCarthy is everywhere with roles in movies such as This Is 40, the remake of Ghostbusters, and The Boss. She got her breakout role playing Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls but has now made her way to the big screen. We expect McCarthy’s net worth of $50 million to grow.
Tracy Morgan | $50 million
Tracy Morgan rose to fame after appearing as a cast member on SNL from 1996 to 2003. He teamed up again with SNL alumni Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey when he starred in the show 30 Rock. Tracy has made us laugh for decades and he deserves his net worth of $50 million. Morgan was severely injured in a car accident which took him away from comedy for quite a while but thankfully the funny man is back and better than ever.
Jeff Dunham |$120 million
Jeff Dunham is a unique comedian on our list as he performs his routine using the help of ventriloquist puppets. He is best known for his ventriloquist routine with his puppet Ahmed with his famous line “I kill you.” The skit shot the comedian to fame and a YouTube video of his performance was gained 150 million views. Dunham has earned most of his $120 million through his comedy tour where he makes audiences laugh with the help of his puppets.
Tina Fey | $45 million
Tina Fey pursued her love for acting in college where she majored in drama. She performed improv with The Second City and during that time she submitted some of the scripts she wrote to SNL. She was hired as a writer and eventually became a cast member. Though Tina may be known for her hilarious acting performances, she also wrote so movie classics such as Mean Girls, Admission, and Sisters. Fey worked very hard to earn her net worth of $45 million
Chris Rock | $70 million
It seems like in order to be a successful comedian, you need to be on SNL. Chris rock was an SNL cast member in the early 1990s. After Rock was let go from the show, he continued in his comedy career by making guest appearances on the sketch comedy show In Living Color and launching his successful stand up career. Rock also made it to the big screen and is famous for voicing a character in the Madagascar movies. It is not surprising that his net worth is $70 million.
Eddie Murphy | $85 million
Yet another Saturday Night Live alumnus, Murphy got his start on the sketch comedy show. He made it to the big screen and starred in films like Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cop, and was famously the voice of donkey in Shrek. Murphy showed us how versatile his is as an actor when he acted in serious roles in movies like Dreamgirls and Mr. Church. Murphy has had a long and successful career that has earned him a net worth of $85 million.
Will Ferrell | $80 million
Will Ferrell has made us laugh in comedy after comedy. Will Ferrell tried to take a crack at a career in stand up comedy but with little success. He joined the improv group The Groundlings where he developed his acting skills. He joined the cast of SNL in 1995 and began his highly successful acting career. Ferrell has starred in a long list of such classic comedies as Elf, Zoolander, Step Brothers, Old School, Talladega Nights, and Anchorman. He has really earned every cent of his $80 million.
Kevin James | $80 million
Kevin James is best known for his role of the sitcom The King of Queens. The show launched James’ career and he began to land movie roles in films such as ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry’, Zookeeper, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. In addition to starring in front of the screen, James is a screenwriter and a producer which has added to his net worth of $80 million.
Jon Stewart | $80 million
Jon Stewart began doing standup comedy in the late 1980s but he did not get his big break until he appeared on David Letterman’s late night talk show. Later that year he started his own show called The Jon Stewart Show. Stewart was the star of The Daily Show for seventeen years. His show made him a household name and heavily contributed to his net worth of $80 million. Stewart is also a published author and is working on new upcoming projects.
Ricky Gervais |$80 million
Ricky Gervais is a British comedian and gained fame through his television series The Office that he wrote and was aired on the BBC before it was remade in the United States. Gervais has also appeared on The Simpsons, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Louis CK’s show Louie. Gervais is well-known in America for hosting the Golden Globes three times. He made quite the impression on audiences with his controversial jokes that poked fun at celebrities. Gervais’ $80 million is well earned.
Conan O’Brien | $85 million
Many be surprised to know that they late night talk show host is basically a genius as he was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Harvard University and he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history and literature. He took his writing talents to television as he was a writer for SNL and The Simpsons. He eventually got his own show and replaced Late Night host David Letterman until he very publicly switched networks. All of Conan’s hard work has led to his net worth of $85 million.
Bob Saget | $100 million
Bob Saget gained prominence after he starred in the show Full House and kept his career going through hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos, guest starring in Entourage, and voicing the character of Ted Mosby on the hit series How I met Your Mother. Saget earned himself a respectable $100 million from all of his comedic work and he has now reprised his role on the remake of Full House aptly named Fuller House.
Mel Brooks | $85 million
If anyone wants to discuss famous American comedians, they can not leave out the legendary Mel Brooks. Brooks’ career has spanned over half a century and became best known for his ‘2000 year-old man’ act and the television show Get Smart. He is the man behind many classic films like The Producers, Spaceballs, and Young Frankenstein. Brooks has received acclaim for his work and is the winner of a Tony, Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy award. Brooks is very deserving of his $100 million.
Sacha Baron Cohen | $110 million
Baron Cohen is the genius behind many controversial characters like Borat, Ali G, Admiral General Aladeen, and Bruno. The comedian is not afraid of risking his life and reputation the shoot a funny scene undercover and has kept us laughing for years as a result. The country of Kazakhstan even threatened to sue Baron Cohen over the hit film Borat. His sometimes outrageous antics has earned him is $100 million net worth and we hope he never gives up comedy.
Martin Lawrence | $110 million
Lawrence got his start in comedy after performing at the famous comedy club in New York City, The Improv. Lawrence went on to star in such beloved comedy films as Bad Boys, House Party, and Big Momma’s house. While Lawrence has managed to avoid controversies in Hollywood, he has also managed to acquire a net worth of $100 million. Bad Boys 3 is due to be released in early 2018 and Martin Lawrence will star in the film.
Kevin Hart | $120 million
Kevin Hart got his breakout role in the sitcom Undeclared which was created by producer and director Judd Apatow. The show led to Hart landing roles in movies like Scary Movie 3, Paper Soldiers, and Little Fockers. Hart is also known for his hilarious standup routine and his most recent show that he stars in entitled ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’. All of this combined has led to his huge net worth of $120 million.
Steve Harvey | $140 million
Although he might be best known for saying the wrong name at the Miss Universe Pageant, Steve Harvey is an accomplished television host, comedian, and actor. His vast net worth of $140 million comes from his many shows including his own talk show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud, and Little Big Shots. With that many shows, it’s no wonder the man has earned millions. If that is not enough, Harvey is also an author and has won multiple awards including a Daytime Emmy.
Ray Romano | $130 million
Ray Romano gained fame with his long running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Romano got his start doing standup comedy but eventually transitioned into the world of TV and film. He got his own show after he appeared on David Letterman’s late night talk show. Romano also voiced a character in the Ice Age movies and appeared in Vinyl and Get Shorty. He also appeared in the shows Men of a Certain Age and Parenthood. Through all of his work, Romano has earned a net worth of $130 million.
Rowan Atkinson | $112 million
Rowan Atkinson is the man behind the famous character Mr. Bean and he is known for his physical comedy. This role earned the actor much of his net worth of $112 million but he has thankfully given us more comedic gold with his roles in The Lion King and Love Actually. The British comedian has also made appearances on the live stage as he has appeared in the comedy show The Nerd and the musical Oliver!.
Steve Martin | $110 million
Steve Martin has been in the comedy business for decades and began his career while he was in college. He performed stand up at clubs in Los Angeles and he eventually dropped out of school to pursue his acting career. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Carson and quickly became a star. He has been in multiple hit films including Father of the Bride, The Pink Panther, and Cheaper by the Dozen. He also had the honor of hosting SNL 15 times. It is not surprising that Martin has a net worth of $110 million.
Dan Aykroyd | $135 million
Another Canadian Comedian, Dan Aykroyd got his start as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and starred as notable character such as the father in the Conehead family and one of the Blues Brothers. He later appeared in the movie version of The Blues Brothers and many other films including Driving Miss Daisy and Ghostbusters. Aykroyd has added to his net worth of $135 through his businesses which include a music venue chain called The House of Blues and Crystal Head Vodka.
Drew Carey | $165 million
Drew Carey started his career as a standup comedian before he began getting supporting roles on television shows. He eventually starred in his own show called The Drew Carey Show which ran for an impressive nine years. Carey went on to host the improv show Whose Line is it Anyway and replaced Bob Barker on The Price is Right and Barker retired. Much of Craey’s net worth of $165 million came from The Drew Carey Show as he was earning $750,000 per episode.
Seth MacFarlane | $200 million
Seth MacFarlane is famously the creator of the animated comedy show Family Guy. However, MacFarlane was originally an animator and animated multiple shows including Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo. Since his success with his own shows Family Guy and American Dad, MacFarlane has gone onto produce, act and direct and voiced the character of Ted in the movies Ted and Ted 2. It’s no surprise that he has gained a net worth of $200 million.
Ellen Degeneres | $360million
Ellen has come a long way since her start as a stand up comedian. She gained recognition in the 1990s after she starred in her own sitcom called Ellen. We all know how the rest of the story goes. Ellen got her own talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003 and quickly gained even more fame. She has hosted the Oscars, the Emmys and the Grammys which has contribtued to her astonishing net worth of $360 million.
Jay Leno | $350million
Jay Leno got his start in standup and eventually gained so much notoriety that he began to substitute for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. He ultimately replaced Caron in 1992 and was the host of The Tonight Show until 2009. Much of Leno’s $35o million net worth comes from The Tonight Show as he was earning around $30 million a year as the host. Leno is enjoying his retirement and makes the odd appearance such as in the movie Ted and The Muppets.
Adam Sandler| $360million
Adam Sandler got his first acting role on The Cosby Show and was recommended as a cast member for SNL by Dennis Miller. Sandler was featured on the show and was known for performing his original songs until he was fired from the show in 1995. Since his SNL days, Sandler has starred in films such as Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, Big Daddy, The Wedding Singer, and many others. He has his production company called Happy Madison Productions. Through his successful career, Sandler has earned a net worth of $360 million.
David Letterman | $400million
Letterman has been hosting late night for 33 years so his net worth of $400 million seems like a pretty payment for his long career. Letterman has since retired from hosting The Late Show and is enjoying his time off camera and out of the spotlight. Throughout his career, Letterman also earned some of his income through producing shows with his production company Worldwide Pants such as Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker| $400million
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the geniuses behind the hit animated show South Park. The two who have been friends since college are known for speaking their minds through their show and staying exactly how they feel more often than not in an inappropriate way. The show started in 1997 and they are still producing new episodes. Parker and Stone have also contributed to their net worth of $400 million through the creation of their hit Broadway show The Book of Mormon.
Matt Groening| $500million
Matt Groening has earned every penny of his $500 million net worth as he is the man behind the long-running animated series The Simpsons. He has received 12 Emmys for his hilarious show and even got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Simpsons is still running and is currently in season 28 of the show. Groening is also the creator of another famous show Futurama. His net worth will likely continue to grow as he is still making new episodes of The Simpsons.
Larry David| $800million
With a ridiculous net worth of $800 million, Larry David should be sitting on a yacht somewhere rolling in money. David is the brain behind the highly successful shows Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Much of his earnings comes from the that both of his shows are syndicated and networks are constantly playing reruns. Before the success of his shows, David was working odd jobs to earn a living. Lucky for him he never has to work another day in his life.