Turns out, Amy's income is no joke. She is the first woman to ever make the Forbes list of highest paid comedians. She nabbed the fifth spot on the list, behind Dave Chapelle, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld in 2017, but fell off the top 10 in 2018. So, what exactly is Amy Schumer's net worth today? Here's how she makes some serious cash:
Amy got her start on Comedy Central.
The comedienne was cast in Last Comic Standing, which got her career rolling in 2007. She placed fourth in the the hit reality TV competition. Then, in 2012, Amy starred in her very first comedy special, Mostly Sex Stuff, on Comedy Central.
Thanks to its success, Comedy Central followed it up with a weekly special: Inside Amy Schumer. Amy starred, created, wrote, directed, and executive produced the TV sketch series. She wore multiple hats and won an Emmy for her work, per The Hollywood Reporter , but it's not clear how much she was paid for her work on the show.
Amy headlined multiple Netflix stand-up specials, and retroactively negotiated up her $11 million deal.
First there was The Leather Special, which brought in a big portion of her 2017 earnings and helped solidify her spot on the highest-paid comedians list. Next up was Growing, which capitalized on Amy's pregnancy and kept her laughing all the way to the bank, no matter how severe her morning sickness was.
She's also a noted negotiator. In 2016, she signed an $11 million deal for The Leather Special, but after learning male comedians make roughly $20 million per Netflix special, Amy went back to the studio and asked for more money. However, she later clarified in an Instagram post that she did not ask for equal compensation to comics Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. "I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don't believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time," she wrote. "I didn't ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer."
Amy wrote The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.
Simon & Schuster's imprint Gallery Books reportedly paid Amy $9 million for the rights to her tale, according to The Hollywood Reporter . That big advance puts her in good company with authors like Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and above fellow comedians/authors Tina Fey and Lena Dunham. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo was published in 2016, and the book's initial sales numbers were disappointing, per Page Six .
Amy cashes in on endorsement deals.
The comedian has partnered with brands like Bud Light and Old Navy for major ads. Amy has even appeared in high-profile Super Bowl slots. Her partnerships add up to big paydays.
In 2019, Amy signed a first-look deal with Hulu to produce a new scripted comedy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter , Amy signed a deal with Hulu to create, direct, write, exec produce and star in a scripted series called Love, Beth, which was originally scheduled to release in late 2020, but has probably been postponed by coronavirus. (Beth is Amy's middle name.)
During Hulu's 2020 Newfront presentation at the end of June, Amy described the series as "hilarious," according to Broadway World . "It's raw and it's very me," she said. "About three years ago, I found my journals from growing up, from age 13 - 21... And it made me remember the time when I had all this confidence and life was fun and full of possibility. So, I really wanted to make a show about a woman who blows her whole life up and returns to the things that really make her happy."
Amy stars in and writes major films.
Many of the big-screen comedies making you laugh in the last few years came from Amy. She starred in and wrote Trainwreck (heard of it?) and then starred in I Feel Pretty and Snatched. Oh, and btw, Amy won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Trainwreck.
That all adds up to a net worth of around $16 million, per CelebrityNetWorth . However, that number could be much higher. Back in 2017, Forbes estimated Amy's earnings at $37,500,000, and she's had multiple high-paying projects since then.