How much are our top comedians worth?
From Ricky Gervais to Ross Noble, take a look at how much some of our best-known funnymen earn.
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Stand-up comedy is one of the big money-spinners of the last decade, carrying a chosen few who are brave or reckless enough to make a roomful of strangers laugh on a journey from rags to riches. With a successful tour and solid sales of the accompanying DVD then a big name comedian could easily be £1 million better off. If you happen to be Michael McIntyre on a mega tour you could be looking to pocket 20 times that amount.
For proof of this, look no further than Ricky Gervais, who's just made his way onto the Sunday Times Rich List of the richest people living in Britain (albeit the second section from 1,001 to 2,000). To get to earnings of this kind, you need to have made the transition from the stage to TV. Gervais created and starred in The Office and Extras, selling the rights to the former to a US network, as well as treading the boards.
We take a look at the finances of some of the UK's most popular comedians.
I'm sure if a disabled child made a joke about Frankie Boyle, he would be the first to applaud them. Because he has a sense of humour, which is something his over-serious critics don't seem to have.
There's probably loads of disabled people who are fans of Frankie and don't mind disability jokes.
People who attack Boyle probably have skeletons in their closet and are trying to repress something in their fragile personalities.
Most of you lot are just tragic!!!
so what if you don't like something or someone, we all have a varied taste don't we? what one person likes and laughs at another is offended by, who gives a sh*t its nothing new!!!!
if your so sad that some of these offend you this much and you cant just ignore it then you really need to take a look at your boring lives....
yeah id agree that they are on to much money for what they do, but there's loads of others who are such as footballers!!!
personally i like Frankie Boyle and to be fair we all make jokes about things that we probably shouldn't, but that's just life
The talentless ones i think are the likes of Ricky Gervais... but that's just my opinion and I'm not offended by anyone else's
EACH TO THEIR OWN!!!!!
WHO ELSE AGREES???????
Frankie Boyle deserves every penny as he is the best comedian in the World at the moment.
Comedians should not have to censor themselves because some soft, politically-correct pansies cannot take hardcore comedy jokes. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
There is nothing wrong with jokes about the disabled, cancer, Aids or murder.
If you want soft gay comedy, go see Michael Mcintyre.
johnny (very apt name by the way, suits you)
how much is frankie boyle worth? probably the same worth as a used bog roll.
Interesting point that you think people who laugh are pricks. I'm sure the people who are laughing and leave with a smile on their face really care what a poor little man/woman like you thinks. Just because people like something DIFFERENT to you does not make them stupid/sad or whatever other pathetic insult you wish to throw around.
First time i've ever commented on here, but i regularly read posts/comments to help the day at work go quicker and cannot believe the amount of people on here who spew negative comments at EVERYTHING. They don't like singers, they don't find any comedians funny, they don't like sport. They always always bring tax into everything, they won't watch TV. GET A LIFE!! Most of you, who don't find any these comedians funny probably live on your own, in a dark room totting up what the council spends your taxes on. Some of you don't like anything and start spouting vile comments to people who do. I find Lee Evans hilarious, but can't stand Ricky Gervais, but i don't start insulting people who like Ricky Gervais.
Those of you moaning and insulting us who find comedians funny, we probably live happier lives than any of you because we don't look on life so tragically.
Could someone post a joke that they think is hilarious - old school or new school - your choice.
Then a short summary as to what makes that joke funny.
It's not possible - no joke can be "explained".
An individual either thinks a joke is funny when others don't see that at all.
Humour is subjective - We can only give our personal opinions - not say that someone is rubbish as though that is some kind of fact.
I find some on that list as hilarious - some not at all - we are all different people.
The biggest joke is those with rose tinted glasses claiming the good old days comedians didnt have to swear or be rude etc.
I guess Bernard Manning, Stan Boardman, Roy Chubby Brown and Jim Davidson were 'golden' days of innocent harmless belly laughs, and Michael Barrymore was 'good innocent clean fun' (unless of course you attended his now notorious pool party or watched the footage of him shamefully mocking Susan Boyle in an early talent show appearance) or Freddie Starr.
None of them could possibly be labelled as alleged wife beating alcoholic racist xenophobic hypocritical homophobic or otherwise generally unpleasant nasty people/humour?
Of course there were then the lighter more 'hilarious' troupe of Jimmy Cricket, the Krankies, Ben Elton, Les Dennis, Ruby Wax, Jimmy Tarbuck, Lenny Henry and Duncan Norvelle.
Oh yes, definitely puts the old guard as shining examples to modern comedians for sure??
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.......
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