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Kevin Hart Named World’s Highest-Paid Comedian, Amy Schumer Becomes First Woman to Crack List

Variety logo Variety 28/09/2016 Will Thorne
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Kevin Hart has been crowned as the world’s highest-paid comedian by Forbes, ending Jerry Seinfeld’s nine-year reign.

According to Forbes’ list, Hart earned a whopping $87.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016 thanks to stadium tours, and both big and small-screen appearances, pushing Seinfeld into second with $43.5 million.

Amy Schumer also made history as the first ever woman to crack Forbes’ list, coming in at fourth with $17 million.

While much of Schumer’s earnings came from her stand-up tour with Aziz Ansari, her award-winning Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer,” $8 million book deal for “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,” and commercial work helped her sandwich in between ventriloquists Terry Fator in third with $21 million and Jeff Dunham in fifth with $13.5 million.

In the past year Hart has starred in several comedies, including “Central Intelligence” and “The Secret Life of Pets,” and has done commercial work for H&M, Hyundai, and Foot Locker.

Hart’s earnings also placed him sixth on Forbes’ “Celebrity 100” list. His “Central Intelligence” costar Dwayne Johnson was named the world’s highest-paid actor, pulling in $64 million in 2016, by Forbes last month.

Here are the 10 highest-earning comics:

1. Kevin Hart — $87.5 million

2. Jerry Seinfeld — $43.5 million

2. Terry Fator — $21 million

4. Amy Schumer — $17 million

5. Jeff Dunham — $13.5 million

6. Dave Chappelle — $13 million

7. Jim Gaffigan — $12.5 million

8. Gabriel Iglesias — $9.5 million

9. Russell Peters — $9 million

10. John Bishop — $7 million

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