Forbes, publisher of highly intriguing lists, has compiled the 10 highest paid comedians of 2015. The stats confirm that these performers are officially rolling in it. The rankings were based on the time period between June 2014 and June 2015, and were estimated based on total earnings before management fees and taxes.
Jerry Seinfeld - $36 million
Kevin Hart - $28.5 million
Terry Fator - $21.5 million
Jeff Dunham - $19 million
Russell Peters - $19 million
Aziz Ansari - $9.5 million
Louis C.K. - $9 million
Gabriel Iglesias - $8.5 million
John Bishop - $8 million
Dave Chappelle - $7.5 million
If you read the list closely or not closely at all, you might notice something missing: women. Forbes notes:
Women are noticeably absent from the list, and in the standup and television comedy business in general—a problem that goes back decades. Since 1959, only three comediennes have won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin).
The "Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album"? Is that a thing? A thing that "comediennes" are vying for? Aside from that old-people reference, comedians were only eligible for the list if their "primary source of income" came from ticket sales, meaning they have to be regularly touring stand-ups. That criteria would have disqualified some of the biggest female comedy stars, like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who hopefully are earning many swimming pools full of cash. Also you know Amy Schumer would dominate the list for next year, with her $8 million book deal and $4-5 million fee to co-star in that sister movie with Jennifer Lawrence.
And to answer your question, Terry Fator is a ventriloquist.
See Forbes' slideshow of the moneymakers here.