Sword Press

Chris Rock’s net worth is estimated to be around $60 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Rock joined the Saturday Night Live cast

What’s Dave Chappelle’s net worth? He has an estimated net worth of $60 million

How much is Tyler Perry’s net worth? 1 billion USD (2023)

Net Worth: $400 Million. Bill Cosby is an American author, comedian, and actor. Cosby is mostly known for his work ‘Cosby Kids’, ‘The Cosby Show


The net worth figures on this list were calculated using a proprietary formula that factored in all publicly available data.

Richest comedians in the world
Want to make a comedian laugh? Tell them you’re getting into comedy to get rich. They might tell you the road ahead is bumpy at best and downright soul-crushing at worst, as one navigates through lonely hotel rooms and lifeless audiences while honing their craft. Only the truly passionate need apply because anyone else is bound to be disappointed.

And yet, for the precious few who do succeed, comedy can pay off quite handsomely. For proof, look no further than the world’s richest comedians. Whether through writing, performing, or both, these individuals have forged an enduring path and reaped spectacular rewards as a result. It’s said that laughter is the best medicine. And they’ve deftly managed to fill the most prescriptions.

So who’s earned the most buck for their comedic bang? Examples include such comedians as ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, movie star Adam Sandler, and iconic show creator Seth MacFarlane, among other funny people. If there’s a throughline, it’s that one must find their own distinctive voice and nurture it over time, even as one evolves stylistically or explores different mediums.

Stacker gathered data from Celebrity Net Worth on entertainment’s richest comedians and itemized the top 25 by current net worth. The net worth figures on this list were calculated using a proprietary formula that factored in the publicly available data about each person including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties, and endorsements—minus estimated taxes, manager’s fees, agent fees, and lifestyle expenses.

#25. Jeff Dunham
– Net worth: $140 million

Megapopular ventriloquist and stand-up comic Jeff Dunham lets his “suitcase posse” of puppet characters talk dirty on his behalf. His unique brand of offensive yet endearing humor has given way to various TV specials as well as his own sketch comedy series. He holds a Guinness World Record for the most tickets sold for a stand-up comedy tour.

#24. Bill Maher
– Net worth: $140 million

A Cornell University graduate and former pot dealer, Bill Maher came up in the 1980s as a stand-up comic who scored occasional acting work. He turned his political views into a full-time gig as the creator and host of ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” and then HBO’s “Real Time.” Similarly outspoken on the subject of religion, his 2008 documentary “Religulous” made just over $13 million at the domestic box office on a reported budget of $2.5 million.

#23. Rowan Atkinson
– Net worth: $150 million

This British talent was a sitcom and sketch comedy stalwart by the time he co-created and starred in the hit series “Mr. Bean,” which centers on the mumbling and bumbling title character, who Atkinson once described as “essentially a child trapped in the body of a man.” The show became an international sensation, spawning an animated spinoff series and two feature films, among other things.

#22. Joan Rivers
– Net worth: $150 million

Comedy icon Joan Rivers launched her stand-up career alongside legendary names such as George Carlin and Richard Pryor. She gained prominence as a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show” before hosting a late-night series of her own. Subsequently, her career straddled multiple mediums and included a long-running gig on the QVC Network.

#21. Terry Fator
– Net worth: $160 million

A ventriloquist and impressionist, Terry Fator was almost ready to give up on show business by the time he won the second season of “America’s Got Talent.” His career took off immediately thereafter, leading to Las Vegas residencies and various TV appearances. Fans can currently find him performing at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

#20. Stefan Raab
– Net worth: $160 million

Once known as the “most powerful man in German television,” Stefan Raab hosted the comedy-based talk shows “Vivasion” and “TV Total.” He’s also contributed to the Eurovision Song Contest as a performer, songwriter, and producer. In 2015, he retired from television to focus primarily on production.

#19. Sacha Baron Cohen
– Net worth: $160 million

This fearless British gadfly rose to fame by playing an assortment of satirical characters on the hit series “Da Ali G Show.” Sasha Baron Cohen achieved even greater success by giving each character a respective feature film, including the blockbuster 2006 comedy “Borat.” He recently showed off his dramatic chops in Aaron Sorkin’s historical drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Frazer Harrison // Swordgram.com
#18. Drew Carey
#18. Drew Carey
– Net worth: $165 million

A former member of the Marine Corps Reserve, Carey originally pursued stand-up comedy in his native city of Cleveland. Supporting roles in TV and film helped pave the way for his eponymous sitcom, which ran for nine seasons. When adjusted for inflation, he was reportedly earning $1 million per episode at the height of the show’s success.

Theo Wargo // Swordgram.com
#17. Bill Murray
– Net worth: $180 million

Before establishing himself as a major film star throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Bill Murray kicked off his career in sketch comedy. He’s worked fairly steadily since and channeled his signature persona into various genres. Savvy deal-making reportedly earned him around $125 million (unadjusted for inflation) on the first two “Ghostbusters” movies alone.

Taylor Hill // Swordgram.com
#16. Steve Harvey
– Net worth: $200 million

Steve Harvey worked a variety of menial jobs and even experienced homelessness before breaking out with a career in stand-up comedy. He was soon headlining a popular sitcom and performing alongside other legendary comics as part of the lucrative “Kings of Comedy” tour. High-profile hosting gigs would follow and so would the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, which specializes in youth outreach.

You may also like: Popular child stars from the year you were born

Paras Griffin // Swordgram.com
#15. Ray Romano
– Net worth: $200 million

Everybody must love Raymond because how else could one explain this comedian’s massive net worth? It’s been reported that he was earning $800,000 per episode by season five of his popular sitcom. He continues to perform stand-up and appears in both TV shows and movies to this day.

Ethan Miller // Swordgram.com
#14. Conan O’Brien
– Net worth: $200 million

This TV host and comedian turned his late-night popularity into a full-blown media empire with the founding of the production company Team Coco. His podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” averaged over nine million monthly downloads in 2021. Thanks to a deal struck in 2022 with SiriusXM, he’s expected to send his net worth skyrocketing even higher.

Astrid Stawiarz // Swordgram.com
#13. Dan Aykroyd
– Net worth: $250 million

This “Saturday Night Live” alum-turned-movie star is far more productive than his well-known acting career would suggest. Behind the scenes, he helped create such enduring films as “Ghostbusters” and “The Blues Brothers.” He also co-founded both the House of Blues venue and restaurant chain as well as Crystal Head vodka.

Frazer Harrison // Swordgram.com
#12. Seth MacFarlane
– Net worth: $300 million

A creator of massive hits on both the big and small screen, Seth MacFarlane is also a talented voice actor and singer. “Family Guy” remains the work for which he’s best known, and it’s currently in the middle of its 21st season. In 2020, he signed a $200 million deal with NBCUniversal.

Momodu Mansaray // Swordgram.com
#11. Larry David
#11. Larry David
– Net worth: $400 million

Unsuccessful as a stand-up comic, Larry David turned his anti-social instincts into TV gold. Most of his fortune comes from selling and then reselling the rights to the smash sitcom “Seinfeld,” which he co-created. His similarly popular HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has also netted him a small fortune.

You may also like: 100 actors who served in the military

Rich Fury // Swordgram.com
#10. David Letterman
#10. David Letterman
– Net worth: $400 million

David Letterman was a quirky Indianapolis weatherman and rising comedy star before he became the king of late-night television. His production company Worldwide Pants produced his self-titled talk show and other hits such as “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He currently hosts “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” on Netflix.

Kevin Mazur // Swordgram.com
#9. Adam Sandler
– Net worth: $440 million

Industry trends may come and go, but Adam Sandler continues to draw legions of viewers after three decades. Following the success of 2019’s “Murder Mystery,” the comedy star extended his production deal with Netflix for a reported $250 million. Upcoming movies include “Murder Mystery 2” and another collaboration with “Uncut Gems” co-directors the Safdie brothers.

Steve Jennings // Swordgram.com
#8. Kevin Hart
– Net worth: $450 million

One of the hardest-working men in show business, Kevin Hart continues to earn big bucks through major film roles and successful stand-up tours. He recently merged two companies to form the media venture Hartbeat, which is valued at approximately $650 million. Once Hartbeat’s chief executive, he remains chairman of its board.

Thaddaeus McAdams // Swordgram.com
#7. Jay Leno
#7. Jay Leno
– Net worth: $450 million

This former late-night TV titan definitely knows how to spend his fortune, with a massive collection of rare cars and motorcycles as proof of his vast riches. According to reports, Jay Leno once earned as much as $30 million per year as the host of “The Tonight Show.” Still an active entertainer, he hosts the series “Jay Leno’s Garage” and continues to perform stand-up.

Roy Rochlin // Swordgram.com

#6. Ellen DeGeneres
#6. Ellen DeGeneres
– Net worth: $500 million

In 1986, Ellen DeGeneres became the only female stand-up comic invited to sit on Johnny Carson’s couch after an inaugural performance on his show. She made history yet again by coming out as gay on her eponymous sitcom in 1997. Her career rebounded in 2003 with the debut of her talk show, which ran for 19 seasons and turned her into a very wealthy celebrity.

You may also like: Bette Davis: The life story you may not know

Steve Granitz // Swordgram.com
#5. Trey Parker
#5. Trey Parker
– Net worth: $600 million

Trey Parker was exploring controversial comedy as early as age 11 when he grossed out his schoolmates during a talent show. He fine-tuned those provocative instincts over time and co-created the animated comedy series “South Park,” which debuted on Comedy Central in 1997. In 2021, he and Matt Stone signed a deal worth a reported $900 million with the Paramount+ streaming network.

Bruce Glikas // Swordgram.com
#4. Matt Groening
#4. Matt Groening
– Net worth: $600 million

While not a comedian in the traditional sense, animator Matt Groening did create one of the most enduring comedy shows in the history of television. Now in its 34th season, “The Simpsons” holds a Guinness World Record for the longest-running animated sitcom. His additional works include the “Life is Hell” comic strip and the TV shows “Futurama” and “Disenchantment.”

Amy Sussman // Swordgram.com
#3. Matt Stone
#3. Matt Stone
– Net worth: $700 million

Here’s a head-scratcher for “South Park” fans: Co-creator Matt Stone is reportedly worth $100 million more than series co-visionary Trey Parker. That’s namely thanks to lucrative network deals and the resounding success of the Broadway play “Book of Mormon.” Stone is also known for his savvy real estate investments.

Albert L. Ortega // Swordgram.com
#2. Byron Allen
#2. Byron Allen
– Net worth: $800 million

At 18 years old, Bryon Allen became the youngest-ever stand-up comic to perform on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. He later founded Entertainment Studios and starred in the production company’s debut series, “Entertainers with Byron Allen.” Today, Entertainment Studios is the largest independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated programming for broadcast TV worldwide.

Michael Bezjian // Swordgram.com
#1. Jerry Seinfeld
– Net worth: $950 million

As the co-creator and star of his self-titled sitcom, Jerry Seinfeld has raked in serious bucks through syndication and streaming deals. Other projects such as “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and various stand-up specials have also added to his bottom line. He’ll make his feature directorial debut with Netflix’s upcoming comedy “Unfrosted,” a fictionalized take on the founding of Pop-Tarts.




Richest comedians in Nigeria 2023
The comedy industry in Nigeria is worth N50, billion and these top 10 richest comedians are the big players.

Last updated:2023-02-17T09:25:58Z
Written by

Deborah Dan-Awoh
Deborah Dan-Awoh
Entertainment writer

Reviewed by

Franklin Izuchukwu
Franklin Izuchukwu
Crypto Writer, Business Writer and Radiographer

Top 10 richest Comedians in Nigeria for 2022.
Comedy is a lucrative career path in Nigeria and globally. Particularly with the crowds that gather for comedy nights and stand-up comedy events.

Majorly, Nigerians love to laugh, especially with the many foes that have befallen the country; thus, humor has been adopted as a coping mechanism.

Some 60 years ago, the commercialization of the comedy industry was non-existent. Today, it is the 3rd largest Entertainment industry in Nigeria (after Nollywood and Music), worth N50 billion annually.

Now in its third generation phase, the comedy industry has grown in recent years and amassed wealth – with some comedians earning below or up to 500 million Naira in endorsements and contracts both locally and internationally from brands like Globacom, MTN, Virgin Atlantic, Indomie, and Coca Cola (Taiwo, 2017; Augoye, 2017).

Rich Nigerian comedians have taken it a notch higher by hosting independent comedy shows and competitions in Nigeria and abroad. Such as Opa William’s Nite of a Thousand Laughs brought many of the popular names in the industry, like Basket mouth and others.

Another example of comedy shows is “Basketmouth’s Uncensored “(records N100 million annually (Vanguard, 2014)), AY’s Open Mic Competition, and Ali Baba’s Spontaneity Comedy Talent Hunt & January 1st event.

As the industry metamorphosis, many of these comedians or skit makers have gone digital and veered toward Nollywood production.

With the likes of Ayo Makun in “Merry Men,” Bovi in “My Village People,” and Basket mouth in “My Flatmates,” it is obvious that the Nollywood industry and comedy share a bond.

In the past, we have seen stand-up comedy nights with tickets of N1.5 million for a table of six and the cheapest going for N5k- this information eulogizes the financial stability that comes with the job.

It is no wonder that top comedians in the country have become moneybags with mansions in Banana Island and vacation trips in some of the top 10 most expensive hotels in Nigeria.

Let’s find out the richest comedians in Nigeria and their net worth from the N50 billion comedy industry in Nigeria.

Richest Comedians in Nigeria Ranked


Net worth


Ali Baba

N3.75 billion



N2.92 billion



N2.34 billion


I Go Dye

N2.13 billion


Julius Agwu

N1,5 billion


Okey Bakassi

N800 million



N600 million


Gbenga Adeyinka

N500 million



N400 million



N350 million

Ali Baba
Ali Baba is the richest comedian in Nigeria based on his net worth.

Ali Baba
Nigerian stand-up comedian Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, popularly known as Ali Baba, is the richest comedian in Nigeria right now.

At 57, Alibaba has a lump net worth of N3.75 billion as Nigeria’s richest comedian.

Tagged “the father of the comedy business,” Ali Baba is well respected in the industry as one of the pioneers of stand-up comedy and serving as a mentor to other comedians.

As far back as 1990, Ali Baba was already on the comedy path and making millions of naira, and in 2014 he began an annual comedy show called the 1 January concert.

This comedy show involved the coming together of Comedians to review the events of the previous year, and a first-class graduate from the preceding year received an award.

Ali Baba’s noble mindset for the comedy industry continued to grow, and in 2015 he started an event called Spontaneity- the quarterly show saw the participation of budding comedians showcase their talents.

Woli Arole was a one-time finalist in this competition at the 2016 edition.

Although Ali Baba’s net worth and title as the richest comedian in Nigeria is confirmed. His impact on the comedy industry in Nigeria earned him recognition and awards.

In 2002 he won the ” Laughter incorporated” award for his immense contribution to the comedy Industry; he also won “the news award” for turning stand-up comedy into a viable business in the same year.

In March 2015, Ali Baba starred on CNN African voices while speaking on his vision to professionalise and gain acceptance for Nigerian comedians.

The Delta State indigene has always believed that the comedy business is vast and has used his position to pull many other comedians out of poverty in Nigeria.

In 2016, Ali Baba tried his hands at acting by featuring on the Kemi Adetiba produced “Wedding Party” alongside one of Nollywood veterans, Sola Sobowale, and others.

Due to the quality of the actors and a bit of Ali Baba’s presence, the movie became one of Nigeria’s highest-grossing movies. The movie also starred other skit-making comedians, Frank Donga, Emma oh ma god, etc.

AY Makun
AY Comedian

Ayodeji Richard Makun, aka AY, is the second richest Comedian in Nigeria.

Leading as the second richest Comedian with a net worth of N2.92 billion in Nigeria – AY also hosts one of comedy’s biggest events In Nigeria. He hosts Africa’s biggest comedy show, “AY Live,” featuring comedians like Bovi, Helen Paul, and many others.

A comedian, event planner, TV presenter, movie producer, actor, and director, AY rose to prominence after being featured in the comedy show “Night of a Thousand Laughs.”

AY is a major investor in stand-up comedy; he has incited upcoming comedians through his AY “Open Mic Challenge.”

Basketmouth is the third richest comedian in the country.

Bright Okocha, famously known as Basket mouth, is the third richest Comedian in Nigeria.

Basketmouth is a household name, and with a whopping net worth of N2.34 billion, he has become a force to be reckoned with in the comedy industry.

Basketmouth is not just a comedy guru, star actor, and a talisman in coordinating events and ceremonies – his versatility has carved a niche for him in the entertainment industry.

Basketmouth earned the honour of the National Comedy Award and the awards for Best Stand-up Comedian of the Year in 2005 and 2006 in the early days of his comedy career.

His comedy career has also opened him up to major deals. Currently, a Glo ambassador, Basketmouth earns nothing less than N2 million from his deals.

He hosted a comedy challenge on Instagram called the #TwoThingsChallenge, which spurred an uproar from fans after a young fan posted a video of him saying nasty things about sex with a child in close view in the video.

I Go Dye
I Go Dye
Francis Agoda, popular as “I Go Dye,” is the fourth richest Comedian in Nigeria, with a net worth of N2.13 billion.

I Go Dye became popular like many other Nigerian comedians after performing at the famous comedy show, “Night of a Thousand Laughs.”

His show featured performances by some of the best comedy talents in the country and was highly applauded for how interesting and therapeutic.

Apart from comedy, I Go Dye also has interests in real estate and construction. Interestingly, I Go die doesn’t look the part of someone who can be called a billionaire.

His small boyish frame clouds his capacity to make even the tallest bodyguard fall on the floor with laughter. I Go Dye, no doubt, is one of the few celebrities who have had an outstanding career in comedy to date.

He is the first Comedian to have had a European comedy tour in over 7 countries. His career achievements opened up an opportunity to perform at the UNESCO cultural week, bagging an award in the process.

Julius Agwu
Julius Agwu

Julius Agwu
Julius Agwu is another talented Nigerian comedian and the fifth richest Comedian in Nigeria, with a staggering net worth of N1.5 billion.

Julius Agwu is undoubtedly a famous face with a stellar record in the industry as one of the most talented comedians.

Julius has always prided himself in the business of making people laugh. He is one of the oldest comedians in the country. Like Ali Baba, he is known to have nurtured and trained many other comedians who have made it today, such as Basket Mouth.

A living warrior in 2016, Julius battled for his life after undergoing several surgeries and was even considered dead by doctors. While his body was being taken to the mortuary, he returned to life. This happened after the Comedian had suffered from a deadly disease.

According to him, it was God who saved his life.

Okey Bakassil
Okey Bakassi is the sixth richest comedian in Nigeria.

Okey Bakassi
Stand-up comedian Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, aka Okey Bakassi, is a force to reckon with.

Okey Bakassi is the sixth richest Nigerian comedian, with a net worth of N800 million.

Okey’s talent in comedy-making saw him stand before highly placed Nigerians, such as politicians and celebrities, in attendance.

A man of great talent, Okey showed capacity with his ability to tell jokes through scenarios.

In 2014, he bagged the “Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo)” category at the 2014 edition of the Best of Nollywood Awards for his role in Onye Ozi.

Comedian Bovi

Bovi does stand-up comedy and acting and is one of the richest comedians in Nigeria, with a net worth of N600 million.

Popular for organising great stand-up comedy performances and shows such as the talked about, such as: “Bovi Man on Fire.”

Not resting on his oar, Bovi began his career in April 2007, featuring in the Extended sitcom Family.

By 2008 Bovi had become an emerging force in comedy shows and events throughout Nigeria. And he made his stand-up comedy debut in Nigeria’s premiere comedy franchise, Night of a thousand laughs.

Bovi made his stand-up comedy debut in Nigeria’s premiere comedy franchise, Night of a thousand laughs], organized by Opa Williams.

Fortunately, in 2011, he was headlining the show across the country.

Seven years later, Bovi began a “BACK TO SCHOOL” series in 2018, which he uploaded to his YouTube channel. Bovi has worked alongside other Nigerian comedians such as I Di; II Go Save, Basketmouth, Buchi, Odogwu, Okey Bakassi, Julius Agwu, and many others

Gbenga Adeyinka
Gbenga Adeyinka is the eight richest comedian in the country.

Gbenga Adeyinka
Old-time Nigerian comedian Gbenga Adeyinka is the 8th richest man in Nigeria, with a net worth of N500 million.

Adeyinka is popular for the show called “Laffmattaz.” The show has been said to fetch him a lot of money and his role as presenter for “Star.”

The “shine shine bobo” presenter has other businesses and many assets in his name in different parts of the country.

Comedian Gordons
Comedian Gordons

Godwin Komone is the ninth richest comedian in Nigeria, with a net worth of N 400 million. He is a television presenter, actor, compere, television personality, and music artiste. Gordon is an inspiration to many aspiring comedians.

The comedian began his career after being discovered by the popular Delta state-based Gospel music comedy group, D.C Envoy.

Largely motivated by his poverty-stricken background, Gordon’s venture into standup comedy blossomed. He has a comedy show known as Gordons Comedy Clinic.

According to reports, his stage name is coined from the brand Gordons Spark and Gordon’s gin. A jack of all trades, Gordon was once involved with the team Made in Warri, created by Richard Mofe Damijo. During one of these moments, he got a big break in 2006.

He has been featured on various platforms, including AY Live Shows, A nite of a thousand laughs, and several others.

Comedian Akpororo

If there is one Nigerian comedian with the superpower to make everyone laugh, then Akpororo is that person.

Bowoto Jephthah Oluwatiseyifumi Tanimola, better known by his comic name Akpororo is the 10th richest comedian on the list of the top 10 richest comedians in Nigeria with a net worth of N350 million.

A native of Ilaje, Ondo State, Nigeria but born and brought up in Warri, a city in Delta State, Akpororo’s success in the comedy industry has won him endorsements, allowing him to host shows on his own.

In the early days of 2009, Akpororo relocated to Lagos and contested twice in the AY’s Open Mic Challenge.

He didn’t become popular until 2013 following his performance at “Basketmouth’s Laff and Jam” show and performed in several comedy shows, including “AY Live.”

Akpororo, on August 12, 2014, organised his first major comedy show, “Akpororo vs Akpororo,” at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre.




PAY ATTENTION: Share your outstanding story with our editors! Please reach us through info@dotiifi.com Or SUBMIT AN ARTICLE NOW !



500,000 US emails is going for 120k 10k emails is 8k 20k emails is 15k 50k emails is 40k 100k emails is 70k 200k emails is 100k 500k emails is 120k

1 Million UK Emails is GOING FOR HALF OF US  PRICES ! 


How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

Sword Press