Veteran American comedian, Kevin Hart, has emerged world’s highest-paid comedian by earning 87.5 million dollars in one year.
The 37-year-old stand-up comedian and actor topped the list of 10 highest-paid comedians released by Forbes Magazine on Tuesday. According to Forbes, the rating is based on Hart’s total earning between June 20 15 and June 2016.
The ranking indicated that Hart pushed Jerry Seinfeld, who seemed the insurmountable King of Comedy by topping the highest-paid list since 2006 to second position with 43.5 million dollars earning.
It noted that Seinfeld combined pretax earnings over the last 10 years top 900 million dollars, and year after year, he claimed the top spot on the list of the world’s highest-paid comedians.
Forbes noted that “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 one million dollars at each stop.
“These shows aren’t at dingy comedy clubs; Hart played stadiums and arenas, including Madison Square Garden and the Staples Centre.
“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.”
Surprisingly, however, Amy Schumer was the only female comedian on the Forbes list ranked fourth with earnings of 17 million dollars.
Forbes noted that “Schumer is the first woman to ever make the highest-paid comedians list.
“This is because women have historically faced difficulty being taken seriously in the funny business.”
Comic John Bishop, was, however, at the bottom of the list with seven million dollars earning.
The World’s 10 highest paid comedians earned a combined 233.5 million dollars between June 1, 2015, and June 1, 2016, before management fees and taxes. Their earnings came from touring, endorsements, films, DVD sales, TV specials and paid appearances.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that Forbes had earlier in August released the list of 20 world’s highest paid actors and the world’s 10 highest paid actress, where veteran Hollywood superstar, Jennifer Lawrence, topped the list of the highest-paid actress, earning 46 million dollars.
Wrestling superstar turned actor, Dwayne Johnson, also known as ‘The Rock’, topped the list of the highest paid actors with 64.5 million dollars earning.