For every successful comedian you see on TV, there are a million of them totally bombing on amateur standup comedy nights. But when a person can truly make you laugh with just a couple of utterances, then you know they’re going to make the big bucks! Here’s a list of highly successful comedians who have left their audiences grabbing their sides and made millions doing it.
20. Jon Stewart | $120 Million
Jon Stewart is a character no one will forget soon, especially the anchors at Fox News. Jon’s rise to stardom began in the New York comedy circuit where he would do standup acts at 2 AM. In the 1990s, he took over as the host of The Daily Show after Craig Kilborn left to host The Late Show. Jon’s contract with Comedy Central earned him more than $16 million a year. Since he retired in 2015, he’s focused mainly on his 12-acre ranch and philanthropy.