Amy Schumer just made history

Amy Schumer has just made history as the first woman to feature on the Forbes list of highest paid comedians

Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has just made history as the first woman to feature on the Forbes list of highest paid comedians

Only a few months after her bestie Jennifer Lawrence topped Forbes list of the world’s highest paid actresses earlier this year, Amy Schumer has now set a record of her own.

Taking her place in the record books, Amy was listed by Forbes as the fourth highest-paid comedian of 2016 – the first woman to ever make the list.

Amy is reported to have earned $17 million (approximately £13.1million) in the last year thanks to her tour, television show Inside Amy Schumer, commercial work and book deal for Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, which netted her $8 million alone.


Amy has been vocal on the subject of the gender pay gap in the past, telling NPR recently: ‘I feel like there won’t be enough change until there’s no wage gap, and until someone says “You’re my favourite comic,” not “You’re my favourite female comic.”’

Out of the top ten comedians, Amy came in at number four on the list, while Kevin Hart took the number one position, relegating Jerry Seinfeld to second place for the first time in ten years.

Speaking to the Independent, Madeline Berg, associate producer at Forbes, said: ‘For the first time ever a woman made the list with earnings of $17.5million. But, unfortunately, the world of comedy seems to still be stuck on the stereotype that “women aren't funny” making it difficult for women to break into the world of stand up and be taken seriously. Luckily, Schumer, along with other contemporary female comics, are paving the way.’

Want to see 2016’s top ten highest earning comedians? Here’s the full list below:

  1. Kevin Hart ($87.5 million)
  2. Jerry Seinfeld ($43.5 million)
  3. Terry Fator ($21 million)
  4. Amy Schumer ($17 million)
  5. Jeff Dunham ($13.5million)
  6. Dave Chappelle ($13 million)
  7. Jim Gaffigan ($12.5 million)
  8. Gabriel Iglesias ($9.5 million)
  9. Russell Peters ($9million)
  10. John Bishop ($7million)

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