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Puppeteer Tops Highest Paid Comedians List

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Really?? REALLY???

Making $22.5 million last year, puppeteer Jeff Dunham is the number one top-earning comedian for 2009-2010, according to Forbes.

Even though his Comedy Central series tanked last year, Dunham makes a majority of his money from touring, DVD and puppet sales.

Puppet sales?? Do people really purchase replicas of his puppets??

What makes this list even worse is that Dane Cook comes in number two with an estimated $21 million for his Isolated Incident Global Thermo Comedy Tour.

America's Got Talent season two winner, puppeteer Terry Fator, otherwise known as the "human jukebox," is the third highest paid comedian, earning $20 million a year during his five-year residency at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

Chelsea Handler and George Lopez round out the top five.

So where are funny men Jerry Seinfeld and Conan O'Brien??

According a source, top-earning comedians have to count stand-up as their primary income. Unlike the others on the list, Seinfeld and O'Brien make a majority of their money from TV.

Live Nation Comedy President Geof Wills says, "To stay on top in this economy, you've got to work a lot harder. The ones who get hurt are the comedians who don't realize that they have to adapt the environment they're currently in."

Sooo, with two puppeteers in the top 3, we're guessing that America really loves puppets??

Hmm, inneresting.

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47 comments to “Puppeteer Tops Highest Paid Comedians List”



  1. 1

    dude, are you really that dense that you don't really know how amazing this guy is? he's not just a PUPPETEER. and you're supposed to know pop culture. ha!



  2. 2

    Ugh, dane cook? Lowest of the low. But at least soon his audience will graduate junior college and/or sober up.



  3. 3

    dude, are you really that dense that you don't really know how amazing this guy is? he's not just a PUPPETEER. and you're supposed to know pop culture. ha!

    OH AND P.S. I have his christmas ornaments of his characters. yeah, don't be hatin.



  4. 4

    Perez, Jeff Dunham is hysterical; get your facts straight there bud. And I'm pissed off that comedian Russell Peters didn't make that list.

  5. SF90 says – reply to this


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    Why are you shocked Jeff Dunham and Dane Cook are in the top? They both have been on world tours lately, so of course they've made a lot of money.



  6. 6

    Jeff Dunham is freaking hilarious!! Of course he is on top of the list. I agree with DearestRebel. Where the hell is Russel Peters!!!



  7. 7

    Ohhhh come on…."I Keeeeellllll Youuuu!"



  8. 8

    For once I agree with P. This dude has never been funny.



  9. 9

    i would totally buy a mini peanut lol.
    Jeff always gets a good laugh outta me. hes pretty damn funny



  10. 10

    you idiot.. apparently you never take your head out of your ass long enough to know that Jeff Dunham is HILARIOUS! you EENfidel.. I will KEEELL YOUU!



  11. 11

    oh.. and as for Dane Cook.. yeah, he does suck. I have yet to laugh at any of his material



  12. 12

    When is the "Really? Really?" thing going to end? I am completely sick of it.



  13. 13

    Where is KATHY GRIFFIN that's the better question here she's the best stand up comedian I've ever seen!!



  14. 14

    You don't even know the top comedians of the last few years? And you claim to be the "Queen of all Media?" These men are fantastic (their sales say so plainly) and they tour their asses off. Fully booked shows in Vegas!
    _________
    Just goes to show the only "celebrity" you know about is the trashy, D-List, unimportant, tabloid variety. Congratulations! You have become The National Enquirer of this generation.



  15. 15

    What the hell??? LOL.. Puppet sales???? You mean to tell me ppl are buying puppets that get his hand shoved up their assess?? LOL.. What is this world coming to? Someone please send me a Lilo story ASAP!!!! LOL…



  16. 16

    Re: HellaD – LOL.. you know? The only one that calls Perez "Queen of all media" is Perez himself… So don't be surprised if he don't know "Jack Shittzs… lol….



  17. 17

    Re: kathylova – Thank you.



  18. 18

    I have seen the unfunny and it is named Jeff Dunham. His audience must come straight from Wal-Mart.



  19. 19

    Jeff Dunham and Bo Burnham are good



  20. 20

    I don't think Jeff Dunham is funny at all, but that's just me. Anyway, He's still 110% funnier than Perez. And, why the fuck is Perez so clueless? Ohhhh he's not gay or a retarded blond chick. Gotchya!



  21. 21

    oh come on how can you think that jeff dunham is not funny, he's hilarious. but i'm british and our sense of humour is better than americans :P ;D



  22. 22

    Jeff Dunham is very funny, We play a Dunham version of of the punch-buggy game when driving… it's 'MMM-GAY" when we see a Toyota Prius and get an extra point if it's prius blue! Have fun!



  23. 23

    Re: shopjulie – that's great!



  24. 24

    Seriously Perez? I love you to bits and I read your website every single day but come on! This guy is fucking hilarious! You nreally should watch Sparkof Insanity. That is his best one!



  25. 25

    Re: wackychic – I love that puppet! he is one of the funniest ones…lol!



  26. 26

    Dude, Dunham is frickin hilarious! And all the kids love him cause of his guitar guy! Guitar Guy = Brian Haner, an funny as hell comedian in his own right, who's son happens to be in Avenged Sevenfold….so all the Avenged Sevenfold fans love Jeff Dunham by default…

  27. uyeah says – reply to this


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    I bought the Peanut doll because Peanut charms the heck out of me. The replicas cost about $50. I wish it looks more like his puppet but the actual puppets probably cost more like a thousand. I'm an adult but have a few stuffed dolls, Peanut, Marvin Martian and the Teddy bear from AI. We're never too old to buy a toy every ten years or so!

  28. uyeah says – reply to this


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    Re: HellaD – Don't slam National Enquirer. They were considered for Pulitzer. NE is the least offensive of the rags, just because it's the best known, don't insult the publication by comparing it to Perez. NE has broken many mainstream stories.



  29. 29

    Jeff is the best! I love his stand-up and LOVE the puppets! Glad he made #1!



  30. 30

    Re: wackychic – I agree! I HATE Dane Cook!



  31. 31

    Ugh, they're both HORRIBLE comedians. I'll admit that the Dead Terrorist made me laugh the first 2-3 times, but the rest of his shit is dumb and old. Dane Cook is just plain awful in his own regard.



  32. 32

    I FUCKING HATE JEFF DUNHAM,.
    ANYONE WHO LIKES HIM IS A REDNECK, OR A FUCKING RETARD.

    P U P P E T S? A GUY WITH A FUCKING PURPLE MONKEY P U P P E T IS FUNNY TO YOU? ALL HIS JOKES MAKE ME SICK. I SAW SOOOO MANY WHITETRASH FUCKS WALKING AROUND THE STATE FAIR WITH HIS SHIRTS ON AND I YELLED AT ERY ONE OF THEM.

    JEFF FUCKING DUNHAM SHOULD NEVER EVER EVER BE GRACED ON PEREZHILTON.COM HES NOT FUCKING WORTH SHIT.

    IF JEFF DUNHAM DIED I WOULD LAUGH AND BE PRETTY STOKED.

    Re: lisawriter – YOU HAVE FUCKING CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS OF THIS FUCKING REDNECK DOUCHEBAG? WOW I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE TYPE OF PERSON YOU ARE. THERE IS NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT JEFF DUNHAM.

    ANYONE WHO THINKS JEFF DUNHAM IS FUNNY,IS REDNECK WHITE TRASH INBRED SHIT. OR FUCKING STUPID WITH NO BRAIN.

    IT HONESTLY EMBARRASSES ME TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE LIKE THIS ASSHOLE CAN BE SUCCESSFULL.

    IF I EVER MEET THIS SUPERDOUCHE, HELL GET NOTHING BUT A HUGE LOOGIE IN HIS EYE.

    YOUR ALL W H I T E T R A S H S H I T



  33. 33

    JEFF DUNHAM CAN GO SUCK A COCK AND DIE. SERIOUSLY. IF I COULD PICK ONE COMEDIAN TO KILL IT HONESTLY IS TUFF BETWEEN THIS GUY AND CARLOS MENCIA, BUT ID PICK THIS ONE COZ CARLOS ALREADY GOT EMBARRASSED AND HIS CARREER IS SHIT.

    ANYONE WHO LIKES JEFF DUNHAM PLEASE PLEASE GO KILL YOURSELF.



  34. 34

    Re: BritneyBitch! – HOWS YOUR TRAILOR ?? YOU GET GOOD RECEPTION OUT THERE INTHE WOODS?



  35. 35

    Re: DearestRebel – SO YOU LIKE FUCK UR SISTER AND SIT IN LAWN CHAIRS N SHIT? YOU PROBABLY EVEN LIKE THOSE BLUECOLLER REDNECK DIPSHITS.

    I CANT BELIEVE HOW MANY FUCKING STUPID SHIT REDNECKS LIKE PUPPETS. FUCKING PUPPETS.



  36. 36

    Re: KeeperOfEdwardsSexuality – LMAO YOUR A TWILIGHT FAN AND A JEFF DUNHAM FAN, I CAN HONESTLY SAY I FUCKING HATE YOU HOMO. YOU SHOULD PROBABLY TAKE A GOOOOOOODLLONG LOOK IN THE MIRROR.



  37. 37

    Re: L.D.H. – BECAUSE HES FUCKING MAKING STUPID ASS JOKES ABOUT PUPPETS AND REDNECK BULLSHIT, YOU SHUD SERIOSLY GO PLAY IN TRAFFIC.



  38. 38

    Re: SandyBeach – how. how. is that funny? how? i keel you? rreeeaealllllyyyy.??? please go home and continue fucking ur brother and watching cmt. please go also die.



  39. 39

    Re: shopjulie – i would hate you, id hate your friends and probably your family.

    you guys think puppets are cool huh? what is the world coming to,



  40. 40

    Re: CreativeMommy1985 – you reallylyyyyy shouldnt raise your kids waching jeff dunham, theyll turn out like stupid retarted fuckwads like yourself.



  41. 41

    Re: Mickey9661 – what are you like in some overalls in ur trailor eating kfc? you make me so sad to live in america full of dipshits like YOU.



  42. 42

    PUPPETS. U STUPID FUCKING REDNECK PEOPLE THINK PUPPETS ARE FUNNY.
    NUF SAID.



  43. 43

    Amazing? he's fucking retarded. his jokes are NOT funny. this guy is just proof that 98% of americans are dumbfucks.



  44. 44

    this guy is a comedy genies he is just so amazing i just love jeff dunham and mostly peanut hes as funny as hell!!!!! hahaha



  45. 45

    Re: CreativeMommy1985 – i watched sparks of insanity it is hilarious i was on the floor dieing of laughter!!!! hes as funny as hell!!!!



  46. 46

    :o

  47. LiaLo says – reply to this


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    Re: eskimo kisses – Calm yourself. The guy gets a lot of sales because it appeals to a wide age range. What he does takes skills. My parents are huge fans and I actually went to one of his shows with them. It was actually pretty funny and I didn't expect to enjoy it that much.

    If people like him so what? I don't understand why you are attacking everyones comments. I am sure you listen to paramore and cut your wrists. Try having a laugh sometimes it hurts less.