Kevin Hart laughs his way to the world’s highest-paid comedian spot

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Something for the weekend: US comedian Kevin Hart has overtaken Jerry Seinfield to claim the top spot on ForbesThe world’s highest-paid comedians 2016 list.

Hart earned $87.5m (£67.5m) between June 2015 and June 2016, trouncing Seinfield’s $43.5m (£33.5m).

Amy Schumer, the only woman in the list, ranks in fourth place with $17m (£13.1m). This is the first time that a female comedian has featured in the top 10.

The UK’s John Bishop comes in tenth on the list with earnings of $7m (£5.4m).

Between them, the top 10 highest-paid comedians raked in $233.5m (£180m) in June 2015-June 2016. Their earnings came from a number of areas, including tours, films, TV appearances, DVD sales, and endorsements.

The top 10 highest-paid comedians for 2016 are:

  1. Kevin Hart: $87.5m
  2. Jerry Seinfield: $43.5m
  3. Terry Fator: $21m
  4. Amy Schumer: $17m
  5. Jeff Dunham: $13.5m
  6. Dave Chappelle: $13m
  7. Jim Gaffigan: $12.5m
  8. Gabriel Iglesias: $9.5m
  9. Russell Peters: $9m
  10. John Bishop: $7m

Here at EB HQ we have been trying out our best jokes; it’s safe to say that there’s no chance of us ever making it into the top 10…