It took quite some time for Dave Chappelle to earn enough comedy credit and finances to start the Chappelle’s Show, but it’s been quite the wave ride to watch him on. Dave landed his first role in Mel Brooks’ film, Robin Hood: Men in Tights!
Following his role in that movie, he went on to play in films like The Nutty Professor, Con Air, and Half Baked, which he also happened to write and produce. A nice $50 million later, Dave Chappelle is the funny guy you don’t want to mess with.
John Mulaney | $6 million
John Mulaney's parents sound like the least likely people to raise a comedian. His mother is a law school professor, his father is a lawyer, and they're both Irish catholic. Little John has had a different plan for life at a very young age. He knew that showbiz was the place for him. Apparently, he was right. Who said kids never know what's good for them? Take that , law school!
After graduating from college, Mulaney got a job as an office assistant at Comedy Central and got to dip his feet in the pool of comedy. He later went on to perform on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, write and perform on Saturday Night Live, receive an Emmy, and more. All the while touring with his stand-up comedy shows. After all that hard work, it is no wonder his net worth currently stands at $6 million.
Taylor Tomlinson | $800K
One thing you learn about Taylor Tomlinson from watching her stand-up comedy show is that she was born and raised Christian. This means she is not afraid to make fun of neither religion nor her family. She was first introduced to comedy when she was 16 years old and her father enrolled them both for stand-up comedy class (now would be a good time to say "awww".)
Having started at 16, this young woman's career is constantly on the rise. After performing in church basements as a teen, she grew up to appear on several comedy reality shows and finally landed her own 2 hour special on Netflix titled Quarter-Life Crisis. Her current net worth of $800 thousand is on a constant rise.
Kathy Griffin | $35 million
Katy took on roles that really revolutionized her career. She took on roles on Seinfeld and Suddenly Susan. In the ’90s, she would take on guest appearances on quite a few television shows.
Kathy has released many comedy albums as well, and six of those have won her Grammy Award nominations. In 2014, she won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album and is currently one of only three women to win in that category, ever.
Stephen Colbert | $60 million
Stephen Colbert, from Washington D.C, is also a writer, actor, author, and talk show host. Early on in his career, he began at the ImprovOlympic’s Annoyance Theater where he performed long-form improvisation. From there he moved on to Second City where he made a lot of connections which ultimately let him to his first television gig. This gig aired on Comedy Central and was called Exit 57. Since then he has made appearances on several television shows and films. A few are Stranger with Candy, The Dana Carvey Show, and The Daily Show.
We’re also sure that he’s very proud of the three Emmy Awards he won as a writer. In Early 2014 Stephen was chosen to take David Letterman’s place on The Late Show. All of his accomplishments have his net worth sitting at $60 million.