Amy Schumer is the only woman to make Forbes's list of 2016's highest-earning comedians - but who's the only Brit? 

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has broken through to Forbes magazine's list of the world's 10 highest-earning comedians, after earning $17 million in the last year. The 35-year-old Trainwreck star is the first ever female comedian to appear on the list, coming in fourth behind Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld and ventriloquist Terry Fator.

Schumer finished a short UK tour earlier this month, with a show described as "outrageously funny and unprintably rude" by the Telegraph's Charlotte Runcie in a five-star review.

Amy Schumer at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

 

Earlier this year, Schumer made the news when she left her bartenders a $1,000 tip on a $77 drinks bill. As well as using her earnings to pay for her niece's education and her father's multiple sclerosis treatment, she also has a fondness for whimsical purchases and expensive practical jokes: "I can afford to buy expensive fake astronaut suits in the gift shop at the Museum of Natural History for my sister and me so we can walk around in them all day just to be d------- and never wear them again," she writes in her book The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo.

The list only includes those comedians who earn the majority of their income through live performances, rather than TV or film appearances, excluding high-earners such as comedian turned chat-show host Ellen Degeneres and comic actor Sofia Vergara (who topped this year's Forbes list of female TV actors). This rubric has drawn criticism in the past, with popular feminist website Jezebel calling the criteria "bizarrely narrow when compared to other Forbes lists." 

After earning $87,500,000 in the last year – in which he gave more than 100 live performances – Kevin Hart rose to the top of the list, bumping Jerry Seinfeld from his long-held spot at number one. John Bishop remains the only British comedian on the list, but has fallen from ninth place last year to 10th this year.

The highest-earning comedians of 2016:

  1. Kevin Hart: $87,500,000
  2. Jerry Seinfeld: $43,500,000
  3. Terry Fator: $21,000,000
  4. Amy Schumer: $17,000,000
  5. Jeff Dunham: $13,500,000
  6. Dave Chappelle: $13,000,000
  7. Jim Gaffigan: $12,500,000
  8. Gabriel Iglesias: $9,500,000
  9. Russell Peters: $9,000,000
  10. John Bishop: $7,000,000
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