Kevin Hart takes the top spot on Forbes' list of highest-paid comedians

By Sarah Mulé  |  Sept. 28, 2016 at 8:14 AM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Kevin Hart has kicked Jerry Seinfeld out of first place on Forbes' list of the top-earning comedians, with Hart earning over $30 million more than Seinfeld.

Seinfeld held the No. 1 spot year after year since 2006, earning over $900 million in that same time.

Hart's paycheck from June 2015 to June 2016 topped out at $87.5 million -- over $30 million more than Seinfeld who earned $43.5 million -- thanks, mainly, to his jam-packed touring schedule, playing over 100 shows in the 12-month time frame.

Hart also spent some time in the box office this year, finding success in films like Central Intelligence and Secret Life of Pets, and shooting endorsements for Hyundai, Foot Locker and H&M.

Amy Schumer also made history on Forbes' list, becoming the first female comedian to ever hold a spot. Schumer takes fourth place with a 12-month gross of $17 million.

Jim Gaffigan, Dave Chappelle and Russell Peters also appear on this year's list.

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