- Netflix has given a big boost to some of the world’s highest-paid comedians.
- The majority of the comedians on Forbes’ annual list have worked with Netflix this year or last, from Jerry Seinfeld to Chris Rock.
Netflix has focused on stand-up comedy the last few years, and will even debut 47 new stand-up specials on New Year’s Day.
The majority of the comedians on the list have starred in Netflix specials this year or last, such as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle.
Gabriel Iglesias released a Netflix special in 2016 called “I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry,” and will star in another sometime in 2019 called “One Show Fits All.” Sebastian Maniscalco will also star in a special on Netflix that premieres January 15, called “Stay Hungry.”
Forbes made the list based on estimated, pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018. Below are the top 10, with those who starred in Netflix specials this year or last in bold:
10. Sebastian Maniscalco
9. Jeff Dunham
8. Jim Gaffigan
7. Terry Fator
6. Gabriel Iglesias
5. Ricky Gervais
4. Chris Rock
3. Dave Chappelle
2. Kevin Hart
1. Jerry Seinfeld
And below are the comedians on the list who worked on original content with Netflix this year or in 2017, including their earnings according to Forbes:
Jeff Dunham — $ 16.5 million
Dunham starred in Netflix special called “Relative Disaster” last year.
Jim Gaffigan — $ 17.5 million
Netflix released Gaffigan’s fifth special last year, called “Cinco.” This year, he passed on Netflix to release a new special, “Noble Ape,” to a variety of on-demand services because it would be “available to everyone at the same time,” he told Business Insider in August. “You didn’t just have to have Netflix.”
Ricky Gervais — $ 25 million
This year, Netflix released Gervais’ first special in seven years, called “Humanity.” Forbes estimates that he made $ 15 million for “Humanity.”
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