Whether we’re talking about “old” or “new” favorites in the comedy world, one thing is certain – all of the comedians on this list are surely laughing their way to the bank. The likes of Rebel Wilson, Robin Williams, Tracy Morgan, and Ricky Gervais started out as just stand up acts, but now they’re international stars. Oh, just one more pun if I may, looking at how much they’ve earned along the way is no laughing matter! (I could never make it as a comedian, as you can clearly see.)
Amy Schumer – $16 million
36 year old Amy Schumer was already something of comedian before she appeared as a contestant on season five of Last Comic Standing in 2007. Although most of us know us best as the creator, co-producer, co-writer and star of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer. Regardless of Schumer does, we’re sure that net worth is on the rise.
Kristen Wiig – $16 million
Let’s start with a side note, I adore Kristen Wiig! Okay, moving on. Like most comedians on this list, Wiig gained popularity with her work on SNL, thanks Gilly. Wiig is also focused on her film career and has starred in Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters, and The Spoils of Babylon.
Amy Poehler – $18 Million
There isn’t much about the amazing Amy Poehler that we could you that you don’t already know. Although we’ll mention that she’s an 18-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee who has earned $18 million so far. A number we’re sure will increase as the years go by.
Jon Stewart – $80 Million
Just about everyone and their mama has watched The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. There are, after all, 17 seasons to enjoy, with or without popcorn is up to you though. While the comedian has left The Daily Show, as he signed a deal with HBO in 2015, he did make a wise choice with his millions – just before he left, Stewart actually auctioned off some of the suits he wore while filming for charity. Overall, Jon Stewart is worth about $80 million, and we won’t surprised if that number continues to rise.
Tracy Morgan – $50 Million
We can thank Saturday Night Live for gracing us with the hilarious Tracy Morgan. Then we can thank 30 Rock for further expanding on the man’s gift. Although we suppose most of the work falls to Morgan’s brilliant portrayal of ridiculous characters and wild behavior. I mean, it has earned him some $50 million. Plus his Emmy nomination just proves, this man needs no charity, he’s set.
Melissa McCarthy – $50 Million
After Melissa McCarthy worked in New York as a stand up comedian, she packed up and moved to Los Angeles. While in LA, she became a member of the iconic comedy troupe The Groundlings. Shortly after and McCarthy scored her breakthrough role as Sookie St. James on hit series Gilmore Girls. Then she lands the lead on Mike & Molly, which earns her an Emmy! And from there, she’s only climbed the success ladder with roles in Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy. With a net worth of $50 million, McCarthy is set for life.
Jay Leno – $350 Million
There isn’t much we can tell you about Jay Leno that you don’t already know. His work on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno earned him a hefty $30 million per year. So just let that sink in. Then remember that Leno is retired and he does so with $350 million in the bank.
Rebel Wilson – $2.5 Million
37 year old Australian comedian Rebel Wilson is more than just an actress, she attended law school. Yah know, as a backup plan if performing didn’t work out. Thanks to her work in Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, Wilson and her sweet $2.5 million are doing just fine.
Ellen DeGeneres – $360 Million
59 year old Ellen DeGeneres started as a stand up comedian back in 1978 and her career has only skyrocketed since then. But we really don’t need to tell you any of that, she practically rules the daytime talk show universe. On top of it all, she’s also an actress, writer, and producer. DeGeneres even earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 thanks to her work in various charity causes.
Tina Fey – $65 Million
For some 20 years now, we’ve been blessed with the hilarity of Tina Fey. From SNL to 30 Rock to Baby Mama, Fey has been making audiences laugh at every turn. Now she’s the creator of the brilliant series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a Netflix original. But she didn’t just stop there, she penned a New York Times best seller, Bossypants. What will the $65 million comedian do next?
Steve Harvey – $120 Million
Today Steve Harvey serves as the successful host of Family Feud, actually that’s a bit of an understatement as the comedian earns $30 million a year. Although we have to mention that Harvey wasn’t always living the rich life, he developed his successful while homeless and living out of his car. One thing about Harvey, he knows how to give back regardless of his own status. He and his wife, Marjorie, run a charity foundation that gives back to those who need it.
Bill Murray – $140 Million
Just like most comedians on this list, Bill Murray started off on Saturday Night Live, and now the comedian’s worth is $140 million. For 40-odd years now, Murray has starred in numerous comedy films, like Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day. And if that wasn’t reason enough to love the guy, in 2016 he earned the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Stephen Colbert – $45 Million
Some call him the King of sarcastic political humor but hey, we’re still learning about the news while laughing like hyenas. First we watched him on The Daily Show, then The Colbert Report, and now The Late Show. Whatever show he’s the host of, all we know is that the guy’s earned his $45 million.
Johnny Carson – $300 Million
Firstly, Johnny Carson is basically the original King of comedy – just ask anyone and they’ll say so. At the time of his death in 2005, Carson was worth a hefty $300 million. However he’s not just known for his skills with late night television, but also his heart of gold. He was known for donating to charity quite often. In fact, he donated $156 million to dozens charity institutions, most of which especially helped the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Billy Crystal – $45 Million
Saturday Night Live, host of the Academy Awards, and a film star (When Harry Met Sally… anyone?), 69 year old Billy Crystal isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Since 1975, his comedic talent has earned him $45 million. Not too shabby.
Adam Sandler – $360 Million
50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer, The Water Boy, Big Daddy, man the list could go on and on. Adam Sandler can really do it all, while he is an actor and comedian, Sandler is also a screenwriter, film producer, and musician. With $350 million in his back pocket, he could donate to charity every day and still be standing tall.
Jeff Dunham – $60 Million
Whether Jeff Dunham’s ventriloquist dummy gig creeps you out or not, he’s definitely earned the big bucks. Yah know, a cool $60 million. Money aside, he actually holds the Guinness world record…for the most tickets bought for a stand-up tour.
Dave Chappelle – $45 Million
You know you’ve made it when Esquire magazine names you the “comic genius of America”. Additionally, he’s an award winning comedian, actor, writer, and producer. While his sketch comedy series, Chappelle’s Show, isn’t on air anymore, you can still its late-night syndication on various networks worldwide.
Rowan Atkinson – $130 Million
When you think about it, the name Rowan Atkinson may not ring any alarm bells. But when we tell you he’s the guy who brought us the clumsy, awkward, hilarious Mr. Bean, suddenly the light bulb strings to life. The 62 year old English actor, comedian, and screenwriter certainly earned his $130 million.
Conan O’Brien – $85 Million
So Conan O’Brien started off as just a writer for Saturday Night Live, but look at him now. He hosted Late Night and The Tonight Show, and now he hosts Conan. That “awkward, self-deprecating humor” has earned him $85 million so far.
Jeff Foxworthy – $100 Million
59 year old Jeff Foxworthy brought us the epic “You might be a redneck” one-liner, which landed him with $100 million in the bank. As a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and host of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Foxworthy isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Eddie Murphy – $75 Million
Once again, Saturday Night Live is where Eddie Murphy got his start. Although most of us associate him with his classic roles, such as Donkey in Shrek, the animal whisperer in Dr. Doolittle, and the kind-hearted obese man in The Nutty Professor. With plenty awards to his name, $75 million in the bank, Murphy is doing more than fine.
Ricky Gervais – $80 Million
Before we talk about how incredibly hilarious Ricky Gervais is, we have to mention this one very important fact: Gervais originally emerged to the spotlight…as a pop stop. Well, he attempted to be one before eventually turning to comedy. Thank goodness, otherwise we never would have been blessed with the epic show The Office.
Chelsea Handler – $35 Million
Loud-mouthed and sassy, a person who doesn’t hold back, oh yeah we’re talking about Chelsea Handler all right. The 42 year old has said it all and without remorse, **we all bow down.** From 2007 to 2014, she hosted Chelsea Lately and just in 2016, released a documentary series, Chelsea Does. Shortly after she kicked off her new talk show on Netflix, Chelsea.
Martin Lawrence – $110 Million
Get this, Martin Lawrence almost pursued a career as a professional boxer until an injury caused him to rethink his decision. Luckily for us, he chose to become a comedian. Otherwise the likes of Blue Streak and Bad Boys never would’ve been as classic. Plus we’re sure he’s loving his career choice as its earned him $110 million.
Drew Carey – $165 Million
After Drew Carey finished his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he went on to establish himself in the field of stand-up comedy. Eventually Carey gained tons of popularity when starring in his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show. As you know, then lead to him hosting the U.S. version Whose Line Is It Anyway? for several years. Nowadays you can catch him on Th ePrice Is Right.
Bill Cosby – $400 Million
Ahem, we’ll just casually mention that Bill Cosby is not everyone’s favorite anything anymore. Not their TV grandpa, comedian, actor, or anything else. However before his recent legal problems, Cosby opened doors for African-American comedians to come, and built his very own TV empire. He went on to earn three Emmys for I Spy, but is still best known – until recently anyways – for his character on the popular series The Cosby Show.
Jerry Seinfeld – $870 Million
Whether you’ve watched Seinfeld or not, you surely know all about the series regardless. The 63 year old comedian co-wrote and starred in the series, one so good it was named after him! Currently Seinfeld is the creator and host of the hilarious web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Oh, guess we should mention that Jerry Seinfeld is ~the~ richest comedian out of any.
Eric Idle – $40 Million
Regardless of his last, Eric Idle is anything but! A member of the classic Monty Python, Idle has kept busy by playing various characters in the sketch comedy group. No doubt you know he adapted the group’s feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, into a widely successful and Tony-winning Broadway musical Spamalot.
Steve Martin – $130 Million
During the 60’s, Steve Martin first gained momentum as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. And from there, it all took for him as he developed into an actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. At 72, he has an Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards all to his name. Fret not, we don’t see retirement in his future anytime soon.
Kathy Griffin – $20 Million
Now here’s a name that’s been making headlines recently – and for all the wrong reasons. Kathy Griffin started off as a stand up comedian before her switch to acting. For six years in a row, she was up for the Grammy for Best Comedy Album and won it in 2014 – making her the third female comedian to do so, Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg being the other two.
Jack Black – $20 million
48 year old Jack Black can do it all – he’s a comedian, actor, writer, producer, musician, and singer. Known for his roles in comedy films like Shallow Hal, the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and Tropic Thunder, Jack has earned his $20 million net worth.
David Spade – $40 million
When the 90’s came around, David Spade was cast on SNL and his career really took off. Most of his stand up style relies on sarcasm and self-deprecation. Spade has appeared on many film and TV shows in his career, like Tommy Boy, Just Shoot Me!, Joe Dirt, Grown Ups, and so much more.
Whoopi Goldberg – $45 million
13 Emmy Awards nominations, Whoopi Goldberg is unstoppable. Especially as she’s one of few entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. Apart from her works in film and television, Goldberg is also a TV talk show host on The View.
Chris Rock – $70 million
At first, Chris Rock was a stand up comedian and had landed a few film roles then he winds up on SNL and BAM! His entire career shoots off to the tune of four Emmys and three Grammy Awards. Oh, and $70 million. So yah know, he did well.
Will Ferrell – $80 million
Now here’s a legend who needs no introduction. Will Ferrell first emerged onto the scene in the 90’s on SNL and thank goodness otherwise we never would have been blessed with his numerous comedy films! And we won’t even list them all cause he’s quite the list to his name. However did you know that Ferrell is considered a part of the “Frat Pack”? The “Frat Pack” is what’s know as the generation of leading Hollywood comedy actors who became popular in the late 90’s and the 2000’s.
Kevin James – $80 million
Just in case you forgot, James’ breakthrough role was on the show The King of Queens, where he played the lead, Doug Heffernan. Before landing the role, he was a stand up comedian and made a few television appearances. Thanks to Ray Romano, he made a few appearances on Everybody Loves Raymond and that’s what helped him get recognized for the role in The King of Queens.
Bob Saget – $100 million
Two things we all know about Bob Saget – he’s Danny Tanner from Full House, was the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, and voiced Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother. His 2014 comedy album even landed him a Grammy.
Sacha Baron Cohen – $110 million
46 year old Sacha Baron Cohen is known for using accents and guises for his many characters. His four well known fictional characters include Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard, and Admiral General Aladeen.
Kevin Hart – $120 million
Legend Kevin Hart started off by winning numerous amateur comedy competitions until his big break in 2001 when he was cast for a recurring role on the series Undeclared. Despite the show being on air for one season, Hart’s career really took off. He starred in many hit films like Think Like a Man, About Last Night, and Central Intelligence to name a few.
Ray Romano – $130 million
Just about everyone knows Ray Romano from his work on Everybody Loves Raymond – he even received an Emmy Award for his role. And yes, he ~is~ the voice of Manny in the Ice Age film franchise. From 2012 to 2015, Romano also had a recurring role in the TV series Parenthood.
Dan Aykroyd – $135 million
You guessed it, Dan is an original member from the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” on Saturday Night Live. Also we can thank SNL for his and John Belushi’s musical sketch The Blues Brothers, which was later made into a movie. And who could forget his work on Ghostbusters?
Seth MacFarlane – $200 million
Surely you know Seth MacFarlane is the creator of Family Guy? That’s what we thought. His work on Family Guy earned him an Annie Award. Moreover he’s a two-time recipient of the Primetime Emmy Awards. Not bad, Seth.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker – $400 million
This duo are the geniuses behind South Park, ones who still have creative control over the show’s message – no matter how extreme. Matt and Trey have also dabbled in film, theater, and video games.
Larry David – $800 million
Writer, actor, comedian, and producer Larry David has a staggering $800 in the bank. Best known as the head writer and executive producer of Seinfeld and for his role on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Did you know that after David graduated, he joined the army and it wasn’t until he finished his service that he became a comedian?
Louis C.K. – $25 million
Welp, Louis C.K. is currently in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, ones we won’t get into. However we will say that his career began in 1984 and when he opened for Jerry Seinfeld, that was the start of his fame.
Sarah Silverman – $12 Million
What does Sarah Silverman often joke about? Oh, just social taboos and controversial topics like racism, sexism, and religion. Her work on television has earned her two Primetime Emmy Awards – so we think she’s pretty popular. Occasionally she writes and acts for SNL.
Aziz Ansari – $18 Million
Just like most comedians, Ansari got his start on Upright Citizens Brigade, learning the craft. From there, he began his stand-up comedy career and established all the necessary connections to then launch the 2005 MTV show “Human Giant”. Yes, his role on the TV show Parks and Recreation is yet another thing he’s known for.
Fred Armisen – $8 Million
First of all, Fred Armisen started off as a drummer for the punk band Trenchmouth. Not long after and he was then the drummer for the Blue Man Group! However Armisen retired from his musical career to focus on television. From 2002 to 2012, Armisen starred on the hilarious SNL and various films along the way like Eurotrip.
Jane Lynch – $10 Million
57 year old Jane Lynch first gained recognition in Christopher Guest’s improv mockumentary pictures like Best in Show. Lynch is also a singer and actress who has starred in Glee, Two and a Half Men, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and various others.
Rob Huebel – $1.5 Million
At age 27, Rob Huebel first started off at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre before working as a sketch actor on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Huebel has also made TV and film appearances likes Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, 30 Rock, The Other Guys, and Horrible Bosses 2.
Jim Gaffigan – $6 Million
51 year old Jim Gaffigan focuses much of his humor on fatherhood, laziness, observations, and food. Sounds about right. Two of his comedy specials, Mr. Universe and Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed, received Grammy nominations.
Roseanne Barr – $80 Million
Barr began working as a stand-up comedian until her was launched into stardom thanks to her 80’s show, Roseanne. That same show won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Kids Choice Award, and many American Comedy Awards. Oh, it’s set for a mini-series in 2018 so don’t worry, Roseanne and the gang are coming back soon. Aside from stand-up comedy and acting, Barr is also a writer, producer, director, and talkshow host.
Trevor Noah – $13 Million
Meet the 33 year old South African TV and radio host and comedian, Trevor Noah. Yes, you do recognize his face – he took over for Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show in 2015. September 2017 Comedy Central extended Noah’s contract with them until 2022.
Larry the Cable Guy – $50 Million
Dan Whitney is Larry the Cable Guy’s real name, so let that sink in. After he took on the stereotypical “redneck” character and that famous “Git ‘er done” catchphrase, he career was launched into stardom. Ever since, he’s starred on the popular Blue Collar Comedy Tour and the subsequent TV series, along with putting out jacchart-topping comedy albums.
Ron White – $30 Million
So Ron White’s $30 million is a result of his earnings collected from his Blue Collar Comedy Tours, DVD’s and CD’s which he recorded as a country comedian. His most common and well liked stand up kits are “They Call Me Tater Salad” and “You Can’t Fix Stupid”.
Betty White – $18 Million
95 year old Betty White actually has the longest TV career of any female entertainer. Now that’s inspiring. Best recognized for her Emmy Award-winning roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. For some 75 years, White has racked up many awards like eight Emmys, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Grammy.
Matt Groening – $500 Million
Not a familiar face but you know his work. Matt Groening is the animator and the creator of the long running, hilarious animated series, The Simpsons. As of 2013, his estimated net worth is a cool $500 million so we’d say he’s got plenty to give to charity.
Andy Samberg – $16 Million
Young Sandwich used to be a member of The Lonely Island (a comedy music group) and from 2005 to 2012, he was a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Samberg is also an actor, in fact he stars on the series Brooklyn Nine-Nine (for which he even won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy).
Tyler Perry – $600 Million
Since the 90’s, Tyler Perry has been killing it as an actor, comedian, filmmaker, writer, and songwriter. One of his most successful characters is that of Madea! Furthermore his most successful TV show was Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. With a cool $600 million, Perry is doing more than well for himself.
Mel Brooks – $85 Million
91 year old Mel Brooks has been around in the comedy world since 1949. Now that’s impressive. Brooks is well known for his film farces and comic parodies. To date, he has won an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar, plus various other accolades we don’t have time to list but are amazing in any case. And when you’ve been around in the industry as long as he has, it makes sense.
Jason Bateman – $30 Million
Now Jason Bateman started off as an actor back in the 80’s and is still acting to this day. Many and most of his roles as of late have been of a comedic nature, I mean Bateman is a pretty funny guy. We’ll just watch Horrible Bosses, Juno, The Switch, and many more on repeat.
Portia De Rossi – $20 Million
That’s right, Portia’s wife isn’t the only funny one in the family. Her portrayal of Lindsay Bluth Fünke on Arrested Development is world class. Maybe Ellen DeGeneres did give her a pointer or two.
Jessica Williams – $2 Million
Compared to to others on this list, $2 million might seem like small change. However Jessica Williams is just starting to hit her prime so we are sure that number will only grow, and quickly too. In 2012, she was the youngest senior correspondent on The Daily Show.
Kate McKinnon – $2 Million
The ever hilarious Kate McKinnon definitely has earned her sport on this list. From her hilarious impressions on Saturday Night Live to her work on The Big Gay Sketch Show, the 34 year is making a name for herself. We should mention she also played the role of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in the Ghostbusters reboot.
Chris Farley – $5 Million
Oh man, Chris Farley was one of the funniest actors and comedians around. From his films Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and Beverly Hills Ninja to his work on Saturday Night Live, Farley was larger than life. Sadly he passed away in 1997 at age 33 due to a drug overdose.
Hannibal Buress – $2 Million
2009 is when Hannibal Buress launched his comedy career – and it’s all thanks to his part in Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show. As a result, Buress has co-starred on Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show since 2012 and has also featured on Comedy Central’s Broad City since 2014.
John Belushi – $2 Million
With his immense energy and shrill attitude, John Belushi is regarded as one of the best actors and comedians. Moreover, Belushi is actually one of the seven original cast members of Saturday Night Live – that’s amazing. In 1978, he transitioned into film and thank goodness he did, they are gold! Unfortunately in 1982, Belushi passed away from a combined drug intoxication.
Kenan Thompson – $5 Million
As the longest serving cast member of Saturday Night Live, of course Kenan Thompson makes the list. I mean, even as a teenager he was an original cast member of the Nickelodeon comedy series All That. And don’t even get us started on his hilarious film roles!
Dana Carvey – $28 Million
From 1986 to 1993, Dana Carvey appeared on Saturday Night Live (his George H. W. Bush and Ross Perot impersonations forever live on). Or you could always watch him as Garth Algar from the Wayne’s World films. Either way, Carvey has earned his $28 million.
Donald Glover – $4.5 Million
34 year old Donald Glover is a jack of all trades. Not only is he an actor, but he’s also a writer, director, and comedian. And let’s not forget he’s also a Grammy Award winner under the stage name Childish Gambino. Told you he was wonderfully talented.
Bill Hader – $8 Million
2005 to 2013. That’s how long Bill Hader appeared on Saturday Night Live for and he received three Emmy nominations while a cast member. Currently he’s on South Park and has his own parody series titled Documentary Now!.
Molly Shannon – $7 Million
Meet Molly Shannon, the actress who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2001. Before SNL, Shannon had minor roles in film and television. Although may you know her best thanks to her supporting roles in A Night at the Roxbury, Never Been Kissed, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
Steve Carell – $50 Million
As Life magazine calls him, “America’s funniest man” is worth a cool $50 million. Steve Carell will always, always be Michael Scott from The Office to us and if you don’t agree then you need to watch the show ASAP. Apart from acting and working as a comedian, Carell is also a producer, writer and director.
Nikki Glaser – $2 Million
33 year old Nikki Glaser started off as a stand-up comedian when she was just 18 years old – and look at her now! Glaser is heavily involved with Comedy Central, is also a pod-cast and television host. We’re sure we’ll see plenty more of her over the years.
Mike Myers – $175 Million
What could we possibly say about Mike Myers that you don’t already know? He’s a walking legend! Myers is known as a featured performer on Saturday Night Live (1989 to 1995), and also for playing the lead roles in Wayne’s World, Austin Powers, and the Shrek films. Groovy, baby.
Chevy Chase – $50 Million
74 year old Chevy Chase worked a string of odd jobs before he found his place in comedy. Not long after and he started actin with National Lampoon. If you recall, he was a key cast member of Saturday Night Live during its first season – he created the Weekend Update segment that we all know and love. As a performer and writer, Chase has earned three Primetime Emmy Awards.
Jimmy Fallon – $35 Million
New York boy Jimmy Fallon is loved for his work on Saturday Night Live and his late night talk show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Plus we have a few films of his to watch like Taxi and Fever Pitch.
Seth Meyers – $10 Million
From 2001 to 2014, Seth Meyers was the head writer for Saturday Night Live and also hosted the show’s Weekend Update. But for now we can catch him on his late night talk show, Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Lewis Black – $9 Million
Stand-up comedian. Author. Playwright. Social critic. Actor. We could only be talking about Lewis Black, and his angry demeanor. Black was the host of the Comedy Central series Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil and he often made appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart with his “Back in Black” segment.
Darrell Hammond – $2 Million
1995 to 2009 – those are the years Darrell Hammond killed it as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Hammond has even made more SNL appearances out of any other cast member. Oh, he’s also impersonated over 107 celebrities, but his Bill Clinton is by far our favorite. In 2014, he came the new announcer of SNL.
Richard Lewis – $7 Million
The 80’s are when Richard Lewis and his self-deprecating humor stand up routine propelled him to fame. Now he’s a well known actor who was the co-star in the comedy series Anything but Love. Lewis is also known for his most recent recurring and semi-autobiographical role in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Maya Rudolph – $4 Million
Believe it or not, but Maya Rudolph didn’t start off as a comedian or an actress. Nope, in the mid-90’s, she was a member of the alternative rock band The Rentals before she later joined The Groundlings, an improv troupe. By 2000, Rudolph was a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Once she left SNL, the 45 year old has enjoyed a successful movie career and is the co-host of her own variety show Maya & Marty.
Nick Kroll – $10 Million
New Yorker Nick Kroll is best know as Rodney Ruxin from the comedy series The League, and also as the creator and star of the Comedy Central series Kroll Show. Kroll is also an actor, he’s appeared in I Love You, Man, Date Night, Dinner for Schmucks, Sausage Party, and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
John Mulaney – $2 Million
Chicago born and bred, John Mulaney is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. The 35 year old works as a writer on Saturday Night Live and is the creator and star of the sitcom Mulaney (a semi-autobiographical series).
Jane Krakowski – $12 Million
The 30 Rock actress has actually received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her role as Jenna Maroney. 49 year old Jane Krakowski is a well known actress and singer whose comedic roles are bar none.
Tim Meadows – $3 Million
You’re looking at one of the longest ever running cast members on Saturday Night Live. Just how long is long? Tim Meadows starred on SNL for ten seasons! Aside from his work as a comedian, Meadows is also a film and TV actor.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – $200 Million
57 year old Julia Louis-Dreyfus is known for her work on Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep. Moreover she is actually one of the most celebrated TV actors of her generation, as she has won more Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards than any other performer out there. Girl power!
Jim Carrey – $150 million
1990 may not mean much to some people but to Jim Carrey, it’s the year that he first truly gained recognition as a comedian. All thanks to his recurring role in In Living Color, a sketch comedy series. From there, he starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask , Liar Liar , and countless more. Which explains why over the course of his career, he’s earned $150 million.
Robin Williams – $50 Million
There’s just no doubt about it, Robin Williams will forever remain one of the most beloved, treasured comedians of all time. From his work as a stand up comedian to his film career to his impressive charity donations, Williams was more than just a Hollywood figure. After his untimely death in 2014, there is not a single person who cannot credit Robin Williams with the legacy of grace and hilarity.