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Amy Schumer is the first woman to make Forbes list of highest paid comedians

Amy Schumer is shattering all the glass ceilings!
Comedianne Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has made Forbes’ top 10 list of highest paid comedians – making her the first woman in history to get a place alongside the world’s funniest guys.

The award-winning comic, author, film and TV star has shot to fourth position, sitting behind Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld and Terry Fator, with earnings of $US17million ($23million) in the year to June 2016.

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Amy bought in the big bucks this year with her international tour (she’ll be coming to New Zealand in December), her hit movie Trainwreck, her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, a $10.4 million book deal for The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, as well as advertising deals with Old Navy and a Bud Light campaign.

She also broke another record this year too: she became the first woman to headline a comedy show at Madison Square in New York.

Well-loved by legions of fans world-wide for her fresh take on feminism and an in-your-face attitude towards life in general, Amy’s particular brand of comedy keeps her well and truly in the spotlight.

Last week she threw shade in true Amy Schumer-form on the Emmy’s red carpet when an interviewer hit her with a question about what she was wearing rather than about the six nominations she was up for. She killed it with this reply: “Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford shoes and an OB tampon.”

The top 10 highest paid comedians between June 2015 and June 2016, according to Forbes:

  1. Kevin Hart – $87.5 million

  2. Jerry Seinfeld – $US43.5 million

  3. Terry Fator – $US21 million

  4. Amy Schumer – $17 million

  5. Jeff Dunham – $13.5 million

  6. Dave Chapelle – $13 million

  7. Jim Gaffigan – $12.5 million

  8. Gabriel Iglesias – $9.5 million

  9. Russell Peters – $9 million

  10. John Bishop – $7 million

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