Larry The Cable Guy

Larry The Cable Guy

Date of birth: 17-02-1963

Seinfeld is the top-earning comedian

$85m a year

It might have been more than a decade since his top-rated sitcom ended, but Jerry Seinfeld was the highest earning comedian last year.

Rerun fees, sell-out concerts and his lucrative – if ill-judged – advertisements for Microsoft means he earned an estimated $85 million in the last 12 months.

He took home more than double the income of the next highest-earning comedian the list, Chris Rock.

America’s Forbes magazine reckoned he earned $42million for movie roles including Madagascar 2, stand-up tours and his slice of the Everybody Hates Chris sitcom.

The full top ten, based on earnings June 2008 and June 2009, also contains two ventriloquists – even though the art has very few practitioners, it seems it can be lucrative.

The chart is:

1. Jerry Seinfeld: $85 million

2. Chris Rock: $42 million

3. Jeff Dunham: $30 million. His Achmed The Dead Terrorist YouTube clip has attracted 89million views, making his tours and DVD release hugely lucrative

4. Dane Cook: $20 million from movies and a stand-up tour

4=. George Lopez. $20 million. Mainly from the road, but also syndication fees from his own sitcom, which ended in 2007.

6. Howie Mandel. $15million. Touring, hosting the US Deal Or No Deal and as spokesman for buy.com

7. Larry The Cable Guy: $13million. Big money from touring and associated merchandising

8. Jeff Foxworthy: $11million. Another Blue Comedy Comedy Tour stand-up still making millions from the road, and as host of Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

9=.. Terry Fator. $10million. Impressionist/ventriloquist who won America’s Got Talent.

9=. Russell Peters. $10million. Race-based tour remains immensely popular, he sold out London’s O2 Arena in just one day.

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Published: 21 Jul 2009

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