The Top Ten Earning Comedians - who's the worst?

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According to Forbes this lot earned $256m between June 08 and June 09. So Seinfeld is the richest, obviously, but who's the worst?

Poll Results

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Jeff Dunham ($30m) 19
Dane Cook ($20m) 16
Larry the Cable Guy ($13m) 13
Jerry Seinfeld ($85m) 4
Howie Mandel ($15m) 4
George Lopez ($20m) 2
Chris Rock ($42m) 2
Russell Peters ($10m) 1
Jeff Foxworthy ($11m) 0
Terry Fator ($10m) 0


Ned Trifle II, Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:49 (twelve years ago) link

i have never heard of jeff dunham

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:51 (twelve years ago) link

I only recognise 4 of those names.

JimD, Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:51 (twelve years ago) link

xxxpnever heard of fator or peters. dunham is the dummy guy right? then it's him.

sonderangerbot, Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:52 (twelve years ago) link

who is seinfeld?

Zeno, Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:52 (twelve years ago) link

dunham AND fator are dummy guys.

unban dance squad (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:53 (twelve years ago) link

xp. The funny one.

Ned Trifle II, Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:53 (twelve years ago) link

Dane Cook is the worst thing to ever happen to comedy.

(anal) (velko), Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:54 (twelve years ago) link

not so funny anymore if you ask me
xpost

Zeno, Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:54 (twelve years ago) link

This really has to come down to Dunham vs. Cook

unban dance squad (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:55 (twelve years ago) link

apparently terry fator signed a $100 million deal with mirage in vegas

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:55 (twelve years ago) link

god damn ventriloquists are terrible

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:57 (twelve years ago) link

in what world is this not dane cook?

k3vin k., Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:58 (twelve years ago) link

in a world where a ventriloquist can make $30 million dollars

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:58 (twelve years ago) link

i mean, there's plenty of incredible badness to go around here, but sometimes you have to make a stand

k3vin k., Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:59 (twelve years ago) link

how did chris rock make $42 million during that time period?

iatee, Sunday, 27 September 2009 22:59 (twelve years ago) link

how did seinfeld make $85 million??

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:00 (twelve years ago) link

not so funny anymore if you ask me

He was quite funny in 30 Rock. I was going to do 'who is the funniest?' but watching 5 minutes of Dunham has made me curmudgeonly.

Ned Trifle II, Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:00 (twelve years ago) link

According to Forbes the bulk of it comes from syndication (Seinfeld's money that is) - so how does that work?

Ned Trifle II, Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

as much as i hate dane cook, this needs to be a landslide victory for dunham

A DOG, A BARREL... RIDICULOUS! (jjjusten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:02 (twelve years ago) link

dunham

CharlieS, Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:03 (twelve years ago) link

madagascar 2 made more than $600m worldwide, that probably doesn't hurt rock's placing

sonderangerbot, Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

Plus his successful TV show, Everybody Hates Chris. Plus his HBO concert special. Plus his No Apologies tour. Plus signing on for Madagascar 3.

unban dance squad (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:06 (twelve years ago) link

42 million dollars is an amazing amount of money though. I wonder what Chris Rock's house looks like

unban dance squad (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:07 (twelve years ago) link

I bet big

unban dance squad (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:07 (twelve years ago) link

i mean, dane cook is awful, and it's hard to defend dane cook, but being a huge asshole usually allows for some humor either way. for an extended set he really grates & is pretty unbearable, but he has some hilarious bits where the social commentary is pretty spot on. my big problem with him is that he allows for his fans to be really misogynistic & horrible without understanding that dane cook is an y'know a comedian. i feel basically the same way about larry the cable guy.

the ventriloquists are just so plain & horrible & offensive to anyone that has a personality and/or might try and discern what is funny and what isn't funny

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:07 (twelve years ago) link

admittedly i have no idea if the other ventriloquist is shittier but even asking that question is kind of like which fire is hotter when you put your hand in it so im going with the one ive inadvertently been exposed to

A DOG, A BARREL... RIDICULOUS! (jjjusten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:11 (twelve years ago) link

However much you might dislike Dane Cook, I do not understand how anyone could possibly name him the worst of a list that includes Jeff Dunham and Larry The Cable Guy.

I HEART CREEPY MENS (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:12 (twelve years ago) link

"social commentary"

unban dance squad (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:13 (twelve years ago) link

larry the cable guy is the most deplorable in his own way for being such a hackish panderer but he is no ventriloquist

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:13 (twelve years ago) link

explain to me what dane cook's stand up is, dean of comedy

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:14 (twelve years ago) link

xxxpost

Or what J0rdan said. Although that might be another poll: whose fans are the worst?

I've seen some funny ventriloquist/puppeteer comedians before, BTW.

I HEART CREEPY MENS (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:14 (twelve years ago) link

I accidentally saw 5 minutes of a Jeff Dunham 'special' on cable, it was some of most wretched comedy I've ever seen. This poll belongs to him.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:15 (twelve years ago) link

I reflex voted for Larry without knowing that we had that ventriloquist guy (and there's another one??) on the list. Sorry Larry.

Akon/Family (Merdeyeux), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:20 (twelve years ago) link

Larry the Cable Guy means never having to say you're sorry.

I HEART CREEPY MENS (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:26 (twelve years ago) link

(and there's another one??)

I'm amazed people haven't heard of this guy. Does winning America's Got Talant really mean so little?
Technically he seems better than Dunham, is about all I can think of to say about him.

Ned Trifle II, Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:27 (twelve years ago) link

explain to me what dane cook's stand up is, dean of comedy

― truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, September 27, 2009 7:14 PM (14 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

observational comedy + yelling

unban dance squad (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:29 (twelve years ago) link

alright, observations on society

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:30 (twelve years ago) link

how did seinfeld make $85 million??

― truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, September 27, 2009 7:00 PM (33 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

you know how his show still airs twice a day on three different stations on your cable system? it does that on everyone else's local channels too, and he gets paid for every single one of those airings.

guccislamic deejihad (some dude), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:36 (twelve years ago) link

yeah yeah yeah. $85 mill still seems awfully steep tho but \(o_O)/

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:37 (twelve years ago) link

jordan is like the tuomas of cuomedy

unban dance squad (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:37 (twelve years ago) link

syndication money's crazy. i mean if you created a show like Seinfeld, that's basically the TV equivalent of owning the Lennon/McCartney songbook.

guccislamic deejihad (some dude), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:37 (twelve years ago) link

voting Jeff Dunham because until a couple years ago I thought the guy's career was just this little '90s blip and had no idea he had a hugely popular character named "Achmed the Dead Terrorist"

guccislamic deejihad (some dude), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:39 (twelve years ago) link

i need to create myself a sitcom

fleetwood (max), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:39 (twelve years ago) link

syndication money's crazy. i mean if you created a show like Seinfeld, that's basically the TV equivalent of owning the Lennon/McCartney songbook.

― guccislamic deejihad (some dude), Sunday, September 27, 2009 6:37 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

alright yeah this makes sense

truth bomber ginsburg (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:41 (twelve years ago) link

However much you might dislike Dane Cook, I do not understand how anyone could possibly name him the worst of a list that includes Jeff Dunham and Larry The Cable Guy.

^^^

feed them to the (Linden Ave) lions (will), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:41 (twelve years ago) link

xxxpost yeah the dvd I had to sit through a few years back had a bunch of weird racist shit iirc

CharlieS, Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:42 (twelve years ago) link

i remember kind of enjoying Dunham and Brian Regan in like 1991, and am amazed that they are both amazingly famous and fucking terrible in 2009

unban dance squad (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:42 (twelve years ago) link

Is this top ten American comedians? I'm assuming it is - I have to admit I've only actively heard/seen 2 out of this whole list (Seinfeld and Rock). I've heard *of* about 2 others (Cook and the Cable Guy). Who the eff are the rest.

Dearth Disco (Trayce), Sunday, 27 September 2009 23:45 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLj7V5sxFu4

rent, Wednesday, 14 October 2009 14:42 (twelve years ago) link

Why is Howie Mandel on this list? He makes his money as a game-show host. He probably hasn't done comedy in 20 years.

antexit, Wednesday, 14 October 2009 15:20 (twelve years ago) link

so furious the Larry the Cable Guy didn't get every single vote in this poll

middle fingers to all of you

as strikingly artificial and perfect as a wizard's cap (HI DERE), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 15:26 (twelve years ago) link

Howie Mandel on 10/14/2009 9:00PM at Hollywood Theater - MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV
Howie Mandel on 10/17/2009 8:00PM at St. Georges Theater in Staten Island,
Howie Mandel on 10/18/2009 4:00PM at Mystic Lake Showroom in Prior Lake, MN
on 10/18/2009 7:00PM at Mystic Lake Showroom in Prior Lake, MN
Howie Mandel on 10/20/2009 8:00PM at Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, SK
Howie Mandel on 10/22/2009 7:00PM at Desert Diamond Casino - Diamond Entertainment Center in Tucson, AZ

xp

a wicked 60s beat poop combo (Pancakes Hackman), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 15:29 (twelve years ago) link

Comedy Central has some truly awful programming, doesn't it?

The Perfect Weapon 2, Wednesday, 14 October 2009 16:57 (twelve years ago) link

watching ads on comedy for dunhams new show where he features his hi-larious pimp puppet make me v v happy this poll turned out the way it did

FCK R VWLS (jjjusten), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:03 (twelve years ago) link

And yet, Dunham is still funnier than Larry the Cable Guy!

as strikingly artificial and perfect as a wizard's cap (HI DERE), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:13 (twelve years ago) link

no but no

FCK R VWLS (jjjusten), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:45 (twelve years ago) link

racism as embodied by a puppet is better than racism as embodied by Larry the Cable Guy

as strikingly artificial and perfect as a wizard's cap (HI DERE), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:46 (twelve years ago) link

"If you get put in a who's-the-worst poll and come out unscathed, well, yes, you might be a redneck."

Squash weather (Eazy), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:48 (twelve years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 16,100 for larry the cable guy poop lasagna. (0.45 seconds)

whiney g. fieri (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:49 (twelve years ago) link

hahaha wait a second, who are the two insane motherfuckers who voted Chris Rock???????/ o_O

as strikingly artificial and perfect as a wizard's cap (HI DERE), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:49 (twelve years ago) link

http://bambizzoozled.com/Film_Movies_TV_Including_Blackface/J/Jeff_Dunham_Arguing_With_Myself_2005/jeff-dunham-sweet-daddy-dee.jpg

to give him proper respect his name is sweet daddy dee

xxxxpost: dan tbh choosing one flavor of racism is like picking my least favorite child screaming at the movies it is unfair to make me choose

xxpost: haaaa

FCK R VWLS (jjjusten), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:49 (twelve years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 16,100 for larry the cable guy poop lasagna. (0.45 seconds)

― whiney g. fieri (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, October 14, 2009 5:49 PM (1 minute ago)

slashfic at its all time low

FCK R VWLS (jjjusten), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:51 (twelve years ago) link

Comedy Central has some truly awful programming, doesn't it?

otmfm. i only watch it at my girlfriend's house and i haven't had cable in over ten years, but was it always this bad? or was i just stupider?

srsly CC, keep TDS & Colbert, South Park, and i'll let you skate on the old Landis and Ramis flicks playing at odd times. but for the love of fuck get rid of the rest. replace it all with reruns of Kids in the Hall or something.

feed them to the (Linden Ave) lions (will), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:55 (twelve years ago) link

Sarah Silverman Show is funny in very small doses, like say stumbling across it once every 6 weeks

as strikingly artificial and perfect as a wizard's cap (HI DERE), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:56 (twelve years ago) link

^that's true. I didn't even realize it was still on.

feed them to the (Linden Ave) lions (will), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:57 (twelve years ago) link

(i watch cc/ cable sporadically at best, so maybe i should stfu?)

feed them to the (Linden Ave) lions (will), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:57 (twelve years ago) link

but on the other hand, carlos mencia's show is not on anymore so GLASS HALF FULL??

whiney g. fieri (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

kinda surprised he's not on this list come to think of it

whiney g. fieri (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

Strangers with Candy is the best thing CC ever did. they've never topped it, altho Colbert Report's come close

Remove This Vile Tweet (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 18:02 (twelve years ago) link

I think the entire world finally decided to be done with Carlos Mencia all at once.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 14 October 2009 18:36 (twelve years ago) link

Sarah Silverman Show is funny in very small doses, like say stumbling across it once every 6 weeks

i caught the abortion episode at my brother's house by accident last night, and it was brilliant

no bubo, no credibility (stevie), Thursday, 15 October 2009 14:57 (twelve years ago) link

srsly CC, keep TDS & Colbert, South Park, and i'll let you skate on the old Landis and Ramis flicks playing at odd times. but for the love of fuck get rid of the rest. replace it all with reruns of Kids in the Hall or something.

this is basically what com central was about 10 years ago iirc

chemical ali v. chemical frazier (m bison), Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:16 (twelve years ago) link

until you've seen "secret girlfriend" you have no idea just how low comedy central can go imo

some will win, some will lose, some were born to zing the HOOS (some dude), Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:45 (twelve years ago) link

oh god, this is so true

it makes "Drawn Together" look like brilliant, biting satire

RETARTED (HI DERE), Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:45 (twelve years ago) link

yeah wtf at that show

i am a true waht? i am a true stfu-schnick (jjjusten), Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:58 (twelve years ago) link

xxxpost yeah the dvd I had to sit through a few years back had a bunch of weird racist shit iirc

― CharlieS, Monday, September 28, 2009 12:42 PM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark

Hahaha I recall this. Yes it did.

Would have voted Dunham had I seen this thread in time.

a╓by's (╓abies), Friday, 16 October 2009 11:38 (twelve years ago) link

Dunham is pretty sketchy but I admit to guiltily snickering at "you got five different kinds of animal on!" in his commercial, which is more amusement than I've ever gotten from Larry The Cable Guy.

RETARTED (HI DERE), Friday, 16 October 2009 12:00 (twelve years ago) link

This might come down to the fact that I've never been forced to sit through an entire LTCG DVD.

a╓by's (╓abies), Friday, 16 October 2009 13:10 (twelve years ago) link

I've never seen a Dunham bumper sticker or tattoo! I can't tell which way that swings it for me.

a╓by's (╓abies), Friday, 16 October 2009 13:11 (twelve years ago) link

How is Jeff Dunham just now getting popular? I haven't seen his act since he was on Comic Strip Live in like 1991.

M. Grissom/DeShields (jaymc), Friday, 16 October 2009 13:15 (twelve years ago) link

Jeff Dunham builds homemade helicopters.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Friday, 16 October 2009 13:35 (twelve years ago) link

better keep his kids away from them

RETARTED (HI DERE), Friday, 16 October 2009 13:38 (twelve years ago) link

I think Dunham started to gain popularity when he created that horrifically offensive terrorist puppet. At least that's when certain relatives of mine started fwding his shit to me all the time.

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 16 October 2009 13:46 (twelve years ago) link

^^^fire post

everybody loves am0n (J0rdan S.), Friday, 23 October 2009 19:58 (twelve years ago) link

every single time i see this thread i see it as *The Top Ten Ealing Comedians* and i think what a good idea for a thread but then it isn't that at all it is this.

scott seward, Friday, 23 October 2009 20:58 (twelve years ago) link

yeah how is jeff dunham getting popular is jaymc stopped following his career

richard belzer (jeff), Friday, 23 October 2009 21:18 (twelve years ago) link

if jaymc

richard belzer (jeff), Friday, 23 October 2009 21:18 (twelve years ago) link

managed to avoid this guy until right right now; sounds spectacularly shitty

I AM NOT ONE TO PURSUE GAME, MY FRIEND - NO, INDEED. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 23 October 2009 21:21 (twelve years ago) link

kept seeing these halloween decorations everywhere that reminded me of the dunham terrorist puppet

http://i37.tinypic.com/2iuthew.jpg

a goon boy (J0rdan S.), Monday, 2 November 2009 07:09 (twelve years ago) link

His Christmas special was the most watched program in Comedy Central's history.

...

hated on mordy (tremendoid), Monday, 2 November 2009 09:02 (twelve years ago) link

I'd wager Lee Evans (did the largest sell out comedy gig in brit history) and Lucas/ Walliams (Little Britain guys) would be in the UK list? Maybe Izzard?
Also i'd have guessed maybe the likes of the old-skool mob like Jim Davidson but then i recall only recently that he was in the news for being potless.

piscesx, Monday, 2 November 2009 18:03 (twelve years ago) link

Making a good living in Dubai last I heard. Lucky old Dubai.

PC Thug (Ned Trifle II), Monday, 2 November 2009 19:00 (twelve years ago) link

four years pass...

I think Dunham started to gain popularity when he created that horrifically offensive terrorist puppet.

I'd never heard of this guy but, as I am typing this, one of my workmates, who is a Muslim, is watching this on YouTube - he seems to know the routine off by heart too

Thomas K Amphong (Tom D.), Friday, 22 November 2013 15:51 (eight years ago) link

my little brother complained the broadcasting complaints commission when they started advertising dunham's achmed the terrorist ringtones

the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music (stevie), Friday, 22 November 2013 16:46 (eight years ago) link


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