The Richest Comedians of All Time
On the surface, being a comedian might sound like something anyone with a couple of quips and a microphone can do. However, anyone that’s ever tried professional stand-up comedy will tell you it’s no joke. In order to be successful in this field, you need tough skin and oodles of natural talent.
The world is blessed with some of the finest comedians that do more than just get a chuckle or two out of audiences. These guys and gals are experts in their field – which is why they’re laughing all the way to the bank! Let’s take a look at the pick of the crop.
Known For: The Mask, Ace Ventura Pet Detective
Active Since: 1980
Net Worth: $150 million*
When it comes to comedic actors, you can’t get much better than Jim Carrey. His movies run the gamut from completely off-the-wall crazy like Dumb and Dumber to subtler, more emotional works like The Truman Show. He’s one of the most popular Hollywood stars there is – and in his heyday, one of the most bankable.
Carrey continues to draw in audiences with performances in movies like Sonic the Hedgehog and Dumb and Dumber To, proving that he really is the top dog when it comes to getting a laugh from viewers, no matter what generation they hail from.
Known For: Everybody Loves Raymond
Active Since: 1989
Net Worth: $130 million*
Queens native Ray Romano may be best known for playing the titular role in Everybody Loves Raymond, but his resume goes way beyond that. The star cut his teeth competing as a stand-up comic in events like the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search and Star Search.
Prior to landing his own show, he was cast in the sitcom NewsRadio, but ended up being fired and replaced by TV host Joe Rogan. It didn’t matter in the long run, as this left the door open for bigger, better opportunities. As well as spending a decade on Everybody Loves Raymond, Romano has voiced the character of Manny in the Ice Age franchise.
Known For: Stand-up comedy
Active Since: 1989
Net Worth: $80 million*
Daniel Lawrence Whitney probably never thought he would become famous as “Larry the Cable Guy,” but that’s precisely what happened. The 57 year-old star first came to prominence as one of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour members. His career soon expanded to cover TV, radio, and more.
Although he was a stand-up comic long before he developed the character of Larry, Whitney only found widespread success after he created his redneck alter ego. The quirky persona struck a chord with audiences, who still find him side-splittingly funny to this day. He has many comedy albums, with three of them reaching gold status.
Known For: The King of Queens, Grown Ups, The Dilemma
Active Since: 1988
Net Worth: $80 million
Kevin James is best known to audiences as Doug Heffernan on the long-running sitcom King of Queens. The series ran from 1998 to 2007. Similar to Everybody Loves Raymond, the show focused on the average family life of a working class individual.
After the sitcom wrapped up, Kevin started appearing in more movies, like Grown Ups, The Zoo, and more. He also put his distinguishable voice to good use and worked on movies like Monster House and Hotel Transylvania.
Known For: Chappelle’s Show
Active Since: 1992
Net Worth: $50 million*
Dave Chappelle has been hard at work in the entertainment industry since 1992, but audiences will best remember him for his groundbreaking sketch show. Although it didn’t last more than three years, Chappelle’s Show provided plenty of laughs and entertainment before ending its historic run.
After leaving the show behind, Chappelle returned to his roots and took his comedy show on tour to great acclaim. These days, Dave is largely hailed as supremely talented and one of the greats in his field.
Known For: Mr. Bean, Blackadder
Active Since: 1978
Net Worth: $190 million*
Rowan Atkinson has proved time and time again that he can speak to everyone’s sense of humor, old or young. He created the character of Mr. Bean alongside Richard Atkinson which spawned many movies and spin-offs. He was also the titular character in the highly-lauded British TV sitcom Blackadder.
As well as being a BAFTA winning star, he’s also a political activist and has fought tooth and nail against censoring the arts. Thanks to his tireless efforts and creative prowess, Atkinson is worth an impressive $190 million. The 65-year-old comic is a jewel in Britain’s crown.
Known For: SNL, Date Night
Active Since: 1997
Net Worth: $51 million*
Tina Fey isn’t just a funny woman. She’s a multi-talented, uber-creative comedic mastermind. She first rose to fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, staying on the show from 1997 to 2006 (as both a talent and as a writer). Then, she created her own show: 30 Rock.
Fey is also the brain behind The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but when she’s not writing she’s busy exercising her own acting talents in movies like Baby Mama, Date Night, Wine Country, and Muppets Most Wanted. When it comes to ticking all the boxes, Fey does it all and then some. That’s why she’s worth $51 million.
Known For: Creating Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Active Since: 1980
Net Worth: $400 million*
When you look back at Larry David’s extensive portfolio, it’s not hard to see why he’s as rich as he is. You don’t get a net worth of over $400 million for doing nothing. David struck the big time when he co-created Seinfeld alongside Jerry Seinfeld in 1989. The show went on to become insanely popular and incredibly lucrative.
After Seinfeld ended, David created another show. Curb Your Enthusiasm also proved to be a smash hit, with the star playing a fictionalized version of himself. The dry humour, entertaining script, and David’s compelling performance show there’s no measure to his talent.
Known For: The Jeff Foxworthy Show
Active Since: 1982
Net Worth: $100 million*
Jeff Foxworthy rose up through the ranks alongside his buddy Larry the Cable Guy as part of the comedy troupe the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Similarly to Larry, Foxworthy became known for capitalizing on stereotypical redneck culture. He landed his own show in the 1990s called The Jeff Foxworthy Show which came to an end in 1997.
As well as performing and entertaining crowds with his own brand of humor, the star has written and published several books over the course of his career. Among them are his autobiography, No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem and a cookbook called The Redneck Grill.
Known For: The Steve Harvey Show, Family Feud
Active Since: 1985
Net Worth: $159 million*
It might be difficult to imagine now considering how supremely wealthy he is, but before he struck fame, Steve Harvey lived on the streets. As a young stand-up comic, he relied on booking shows that came with accomodations. If they didn’t, he slept in his car. He landed his big break when he competed in Johnnie Walker’s Comedy Search and became a finalist in 1990.
Since then, Steve has appeared in multiple movies, had his own shows, and is a well-known TV host. He has been at the helm of Family Feud since 2010, Miss Universe since 2015, and owns Steve Harvey Global, a brand of businesses that all make him a pretty penny.