Where the funny money is
Tracey Ullman has topped a list of the wealthiest British comedians.
The comic, who turns 47 today, is worth an estimated £75million from her work in the US.
Some of her wealth comes from royalties from The Simpsons, which started life as an insert on her American show.
Most of the other comedians in the list, compiled by the Daily Mirror, have amassed their fortunes through independent production companies they set up.
Missing from the list is Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen - although he will receive a reported £6.7million from his next film, starring as gay Austrian fashionista Bruno.
The full list is:
1. Tracey Ullman (£75 million). From her US career, and helping launch The Simpsons
2. Rowan Atkinson (£40m) from Mr Bean and his stake in the Tiger Aspect TV company
3. Jasper Carrott (£35m). Much of it from the sale of his 15 per cent stake in Celador, the company that makes Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
4. John Cleese (£30m) from his Hollywood career and the 1989 sale of his video training company, Video Arts.
5=. Mel Smith (£25 m). Much of it from the sale of Talkback in 2000
5=. Griff Rhys Jones (£25 m) As above
7. Jimmy Mulville (£20m). Former Who Dares Wins comedin who co-founded Hat Trick Productions
8. Steve Coogan (£11m). Much of it from his stake in production company Baby Cow
9. Jennifer Saunders (£10m). Partly from production company Mr And Mrs Monsoon , co-owned by husband Adrian Edmondson
10. Eddie Izzard (£9.5m)
11. Peter Kay (£8m)
12.Roy Chubby Brown (£7m)
13=. David Walliams (£6.7m)
13=. Matt Lucas (£6.7m)
Published: 29 Dec 2006