These are the world's highest-paid comedians in 2017

People say the quality they most look for in a partner is a sense of humour. This list explains why.

Forbes released its list of 15 highest paid comedians in 2017, and each of them take home more than $15 million a year. Many make significantly more.

The top dog is not a surprise (he’s still as funny as he was last year, apparently) but click through for some fun new additions. All figures in U.S. dollars.

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 10: Sebastian Maniscalco
The Italian-American stand-up comedian — and former waiter — earned all his money on the road. He performed over 100 gigs over the last 12 months, grossing $15 million. Pollstar estimates he makes an average of $238,161 at each show. (Canadian Press)

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 9: Jeff Dunham
The ventriloquist, stand-up comedian, producer and actor does it all, and that’s why he took home $15.5 million over the last year. No big Netflix deals here; Dunham made his money by performing over 100 shows and taking on minor movie roles. (Canadian Press)

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 8: Terry Fator
Another ventriloquist and puppeteer, this one hails from Texas and has a lucrative residency at The Mirage in Las Vegas, putting his earnings at $18.5 million. (Canadian Press)

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 7: Jim Gaffigan
The deadpan comic pulled in $30.5 million, with his Netflix special Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed accounting for nearly a third of that. (Canadian Press)

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 6: Kevin Hart
The actor and comedian made Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world list in 2015, and he can thank his huge fan base for that. Pulling in $32.5 million over the last 12 months, his recent film roles include The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and Captain Underpants (2017). (Canadian Press)

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 5: Amy Schumer
The first woman (ever) to make the Forbes top-paid comedians list, Schumer took home a pre-tax income of $37.5 million, bolstered largely through her Netflix stand-up show The Leather Special, and supplemented by her book and lucrative sponsorship deals with Bud Light and Old Navy. (Canadian Press)

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 4: Dave Chappelle
Chappelle’s Show was the hottest comedy show around in 2005, until the eponymous star decided to walk off it. Now he’s back with a three-comedy special deal with Netflix, making $47 million between July 2016 and June 2017. (Canadian Press)

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 3: Louis C.K.
His show Louis may be on hiatus, but the master of observational comedy still took home $52 million last year. The income was largely from — you guessed it — a Netflix deal for two stand-up comedy specials. (Canadian Press)

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 2: Chris Rock
Another comedian who’s been around for a long, long time, actor and funnyman Chris Rock returns to the limelight with a record-breaking two stand-up special Netflix deal for $40 million. Add that to his income from his Total Blackout Tour and his yearly paycheque comes up to $57 million. (Canadian Press)

These are the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017

No. 1: Jerry Seinfeld
The veteran comic earned $69 million over the last 12 months, and he has variety of sources to thank — sold out theatres, a blockbuster Netflix deal for a stand-up special and two more seasons of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and, Forbes reports, millions from Hulu, which owns the streaming rights to Seinfeld. (Canadian Press)

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