Young Comedians on 2013 Top-Earning List Shows Sign of Healthy Industry

Kevin Hart is No. 6 on the list of top-earning comedians of 2013.

Kevin Hart is No. 6 on the list of top-earning comedians of 2013.

The names of the top-earning comedians of 2013 makes an interesting contrast to the touring lists for musicians. With the exception of Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez, almost none of you knew who any of these guys were 10 years ago.

To prove that, here’s a link to a performance we had for sale on Goldstar at a GREAT comedy club in San Francisco. For $7.50, you could have gone to see Louis C.K.

Two people did (and on the plus side, they gave Louis a nice 4-star review).

I take this turnover at the top as a sign of health in the industry. It demonstrates that comics, as compared to acts in other genres, are adapting themselves in new and entrepreneurial ways and finding successful models. Louis C.K. is probably the poster child for this, but the list shows that it’s not just limited to him. Read their profiles and notice the differences in how they got to the top and where and how they actually perform. It’s diverse, and I think that’s a powerful statement of strength.

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