FORBES has done some digging to find out who tops their list of Highest-Paid Comedians for 2016. Kevin Hart has earned the spot of the top paid comedian and taken the title that was previously held by Jerry Seinfeld after making $87.5 Million.
According to FORBES: “Since 2006, Jerry Seinfeld has seemed the insurmountable King of Comedy. His combined pretax earnings over the last 10 years top $900 million, and year after year he has claimed the top spot on our list of the world’s highest-paid comedians.”
This is the first time since FORBES has been making the list of Highest-Paid Comedians, someone other than Seinfeld has been in the number one. In exactly one year, FORBES tracked Kevin Hart’s earnings and made over $30 million more than Seinfeld.
Kevin Hart’s income in 2016 earned him the sixth spot on the Celebrity 100, FORBES’ annual list of celebrity money-makers. FORBES stated,” The reason for Hart’s dominance is simple: He tours like no other comedian. In the 12-month period, Hart played over 100 shows with an average gross of over $1 million at each stop. And these shows aren’t at dingy comedy clubs; Hart played stadiums and arenas, including Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center. Because the stand-up comedian’s set requires little more than a stool, water bottle and microphone, he takes home a larger cut of that gross than most rock stars would.”
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