Jeff Dunham, Chelsea Handler and Dane Cook are generating big laughs and big paychecks
By Lacey RoseForbes.com
Though the stand-up business has taken a hit in a weak economy, top-shelf comedians are still laughing all the way to the bank.
The 10 acts in our annual list of the top-earning comedians collectively raked in $165 million between June 1, 2009, and June 1, 2010. To make the cut, the comics had to count stand-up as their primary income, a qualification that left funnymen like Jerry Seinfeld, Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno off this year's list. The former, who banked an estimated $75 million over the last year, still earns the bulk of his money from "Seinfeld" reruns; while the latter two, who respectively pulled down $38 million and $35 million during the 12-month period, relied on their nightly shows--in O'Brien's case, his nightly show's severance--for the majority of their annual income.
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