2015 has been the year of Amy….not just for Amy Poehler, though. From the third season of her hit show to her movie debut, Amy Schumer has proven herself to become one of the most sought after comedians in the industry. So, how much is Amy Schumer really worth?
Amy Schumer’s Net Worth As Of 2018: $16 Million
Here’s how Amy made it to the millions.
2004 – 2009
After graduating from Towson University with a degree in theater, Amy moved to New York City to focus on her career in performing. Amy began her stand-up career in 2004 at Gotham Comedy Club and quickly rose to become one of the most successful female comedians in the comic industry. She made guest appearances on multiple programs including Curb Your Enthusiasm and 30 Rock, as well as becoming one of the first female comics to do stand-up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen Degeneres Show.
In 2007, Amy became a contestant on the fifth season of NBC’s reality show Last Comic Standing, where she advanced to the finals and placed fourth. In 2008, Amy co-starred on the short lived Comedy Central reality show Reality Bites Back.
2010 – 2014
In keeping up with her relationship with Comedy Central, Amy’s first Comedy Central Presents special aired in April of 2010. She later appeared on two Comedy Central Roasts (one for Charlie Sheen in September 2011, the other for Roseanne Barr in August 2012).
Not only did Amy have a knack for comedy, but also she had a knack for writing. In addition to writing for Cosmopolitan, Amy signed a book deal with Harper Collins for $500,000 in 2012. However, once her hit Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer sealed her success, she increased her net worth after another publisher offered her $1 million.
Inside Amy Schumer premiered on Comedy Central on April 30, 2013. The first season had a “mixed to positive” reaction by critics and was given a score of 66/100 on Metacritic. The show was renewed for a second season and aired in 2014.
2015 – 2016
The third season of Inside Amy Schumer, which aired in April 2015, proved to be her most successful season and was given a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. One of sketches that season included a parody of the play 12 Angry Men entitled “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer,” in which 12 men have to decide whether or not Amy is hot enough for television. The show also earned a Peabody Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.”
That same month, Amy was named one of Time magazines “100 Most Influential People.” Academy Award winning actress Tilda Swinton called her “an honesty bomb.”
Although she had done independent films in the past, Amy’s first big studio movie, Trainwreck, which she wrote and starred in, premiered on July 17, 2015. With a budget of only $35 million, the movie surpassed it by making over $110 million in the box office. The movie also received an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
A week after her movie premiered, however, a shooting occurred at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana during a showing of Trainwreck. Two people were killed and nine others were injured in the shooting. In response to the shooting, Amy tag teamed alongside her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Senator, to call for stricter gun control laws and funding for mental health.
In September 2015, Amy then signed and advanced with Simon and Schuster Imprint Gallery Bookers for $9 million for her biography “The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo.” This became the third largest book advance deals of all time, behind Bill Clinton’s deal for $15 million and Hillary Clinton’s deal for $14 million.
In October 2015, Amy’s comedy special “Amy Schumer Live At The Apollo” aired on HBO.
In November 2015, Amy posed for the 2016 Pirelli calendar, which she appeared with nothing on but underwear and a latte in hand.
With season four of Inside Amy Schumer around the corner and a screenplay she and Jennifer Lawrence are currently working on, Amy Schumer will continue to make us burst out laughing and will add on to her bank account as 2016 rolls in.
Schumer has a few roles lined up for her in 2017. The movie Snatched, originally titled Mother/Daughter, is an upcoming action comedy film that is set for release on May 12, 2017. She will star as Emily Middleton.
She will also star in an upcoming war-drama film titled Thank You for Your Service. The movie is based on David Finkel’s non-fiction book of the same name and follows soldiers that struggle with PTSD after returning from Iraq.
Amy Schumer is less “bankable” but still, racial discrimination made her earn much more than Mo’Nique, alleged by Mo’Nique herself.