Amy Schumer makes history as first female in highest-paid comedians list

Schumer breaks into Forbes' influential Top 10, featuring one Brit

Amy Schumer has become the first female to make it into the annual list of the world’s highest-paid comedians.

Schumer is fourth in Forbes’ Top 10 Highest-Paid Comedians list, having earned £13m from her comedy from June 2015-June 2016.

She is behind Kevin Hart at No 1, who earned £67.2m, followed by Jerry Seinfeld (£33.4m) and Terry Fator (£16.1m).


Schumer recently became the first female stand-up to headline New York’s Madison Square Gardens arena, and played a UK arena tour in August. Since her TV sketch show Inside Amy Schumer finished this year, she has starred in Trainwreck and will soon make her major serious drama debut in the film Thank You For Your Service, which is based on David Finkel’s book about how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects soldiers returning from war.

Schumer has frequently mocked sexism in the entertainment industry. When she was nominated for six awards at the Emmys earlier in September, Schumer was instead asked on the red carpet about her outfit. She replied: “Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford shoes and an OB tampon.”

Previous female comedians to miss out on being included in Forbes’ list include Tina Fey, Ellen DeGeneres, Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa McCarthy and Amy Poehler.

The only British comic in Forbes’ list is John Bishop, who is in tenth place on the list with £5.4 million from his arena shows.

Forbes’ Top Highest-Paid Comedians:
1) Kevin Hart (£67.2 million)
2) Jerry Seinfeld (£33.4 million)
3) Terry Fator (£16.1 million)
4) Amy Schumer (£13 million)
5) Jeff Dunham (£10.3 million)
6) Dave Chapelle (£10 million)
7) Jim Gaffigan (£9.6 million)
8) Gabriel Iglesias (£7.3 million)
9) Russell Peters (£6.9 million)
10) John Bishop (£5.4 million)