It Pays To Be Funny: The Highest-Paid Comedians Around

It pays to be funny. Some comedians these days make more money than a lot of other celebrities working in different sectors of the entertainment industry. Many successful comedians started off as broke college students trying standup at their local comedy club. With some persistence and a lot of talent, they rose through the ranks to become the masters of comedy that we know them as today. Take a look at just how much these comedians earn for making us laugh.

Ellen DeGeneres Has Set The Bar For Comic Success

Although Ellen may make $75 million annually, she certainly came from humble beginnings. She began her stand-up career performing at bars and coffee shops. After becoming the emcee at a comedy club in New Orleans, her luck began to change. She began touring nationally in the 1980s and was soon named as Showtime’s ‘funniest person’ in 1982. She later took her talents to television, where she starred in the sitcoms Ellen and The Ellen Show.

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In 2003, she debuted her daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show which has been on the air since. Throughout her career, she has won countless awards and even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. in 2017, it was also announced that she would soon be appearing in a stand-up special, something she hadn’t done in over 15 years.