Forbes magazine put out its list of the world’s highest-paid comedians this week, and in what could be described as an industry coup, Kevin Hart displaces Jerry Seinfeld to claim the #1 spot atop the field. With total earnings amounting to $87.5 million between June of 2015 and June 2016, Hart didn’t simply eclipse Seinfeld, he doubled the $43.5 million the legendary comedian made.
Forbes calculates what performers bring in through data collected from agents, managers, lawyers, industry insiders, and such databases as IMDB, Pollster, and Box Office Mojo. Their place on the list is determined by the estimate calculated from records of touring, films, TV specials, DVD sales, paid appearances, and endorsements. Hart’s biggest drawing comes from his stadium tours, as he has traveled the circuit at a remarkable pace, playing over 100 shows that each gross over $1 million. He has also done well in Hollywood, appearing in the blockbusters Ride Along II, Central Intelligence, and Secret Life of Pets. His endorsements include Hyundai, Foot Locker an H&M.
The significance of what Hart has accomplished can be measured by looking at Seinfeld’s reign, which ran for 10 years strong, over which time he accumulated over $900 million. With 2006 having been the year Forbes began awarding highest-paid honors to comedians, until now, Seinfeld has in fact been the only #1 comedian the list has ever had.
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In the past year, Beyoncé has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren’t afraid? appears to be “Watch me. I’m about to do it.” Then she adds, “You can, too.”
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For the second time in the last seven years Esquire magazine has named Scarlett Johansson the Sexiest Woman Alive. The Avengersstar is the first woman to ever capture the award more than once (she first earned the title in 2006).
The 28-year old Johansson recently got engaged to ad exec Romain Dauriac.
Other winners of Esquire‘s Sexiest Woman Alive title include Mila Kunis, Rihanna, Minka Kelly, Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron and Jessica Biel.