The comedian ousted Jerry Seinfeld who has topped the list of comics since its beginning.
Since its inception, Jerry Seinfeld has topped Forbes‘ list of highest-paid comedians, out-earning all of his peers, but today that’s changed.
According to Forbes, Kevin Hart is now the highest-paid comedian in the world.
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Hart has earned $87.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016, over $30 million more than what Seinfeld earned. Hart’s millions also landed him in the sixth spot on Forbes‘ annual celebrity 100.
Writer Madeline Berg sums ups Harts success perfectly.
“He tours like no other comedian. In the 12-month period, Hart played over 100 shows with an average gross of over $1 million at each stop. And these shows aren’t at dingy comedy clubs; Hart played stadiums and arenas, including Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center.”
Hart also supplements his income with blockbusters like Central Intelligence and the upcoming Jumanji reboot along with commercials. Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, told Forbes.
“He is a comedian, of course, but he is drawing crowds that you would typically only see for musician. Only a few comedians [are] capable of playing sports arenas the way that Kevin Hart does.”
With some many projects in the works we have no doubt that we’ll see Hart on the list again next year, maybe even back in the top spot since the man never stops working. Congrats, Kevin!
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