It’s been said in the last few years that television has entered a new golden age. There are so many amazing shows out there that are expertly written and feature the best acting talent around. It’s no wonder that many movie stars are making the switch and accepting roles on popular television shows. But as usual, everything revolves around money. If a show is not being watched, there is no way for the network to bring in advertising dollars. On the other hand, if the show is a huge hit, then everyone gets to dance a jig and deposit huge checks in their respective bank accounts. In the following article, we focus on 12 of the funniest TV actors and the amount of money they earn for each episode. It might be a little depressing for those who earn an average salary. These actors make more in one episode than most people make in 2-3 years. Oh well, c’est la vie! Enjoy the article below …
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
If you’re looking for an actor with amazing breadth and depth when it comes to acting, then you’d probably want to call on the exceedingly skilled Andre Braugher. Ever since the early 90’s, he’s been turning in winning roles on shows like Homicide: Life on the Street, Gideon’s Crossing and Men of a Certain Age. Most of his fans probably thought he couldn’t play a comedic role, but on the new Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he ends up being one of the funniest people on the show. His straight-faced, deadpan performance juxtaposed against Andy Samberg’s goofiness makes for comedic magic. If you’re wondering how much Braugher makes per episode on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, that amount is $100,000 per episode.
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
One of the newest hit shows that is currently making waves on television is the ABC sitcom Black-ish. It’s a great show not only for African Americans but for all races and ethnicities. The writers have a great way of tackling the awkward nuanced situations that come with being a person of color in America, and it’s all done in a very hilarious way. One of the stars of the show is the well-known dramatic and comedic actor Anthony Anderson. According to TV Guide, he makes $100,000 per episode.
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)
The lovely and quirky singer/actress Zooey Deschanel just turned 35 this January and she has been enjoying a very decent run with her network sitcom New Girl. According to the Business Insider, she reportedly earns $125,000 per episode for her hit FOX show. She also has a lot going on in her private life. She recently announced that she is also expecting her first child with boyfriend David Pechenik.
Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project)
There’s no doubt about it, the 35-yr-old Mindy Kaling is one of the funniest women on television. Not only is she great in front of the camera, but she is amazing behind the scenes too. She is a talented and very creative writer, producer and director and she was an instrumental part of the long-running sitcom The Office. Her new show is the hilarious The Mindy Project on Fox. It’s one of the funniest shows on television and it’s been around for 3 seasons now. According to TV Guide, she earns $140,000 per episode. However when all her producer and creator credits are factored in, her salary is somewhere around $6.5 million per year (according to Reuters).
Julia Louis Dreyfus (Veep)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is certainly one of the most talented female comedians on the scene today. The great thing about her is that she has definitely paid her dues and all her success is very much deserved. It seems like everything she touches turns to gold; Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and her present political satire show on HBO, Veep. She just really knows how to pick winning roles. With regards to how much she earns on her current show, TV Guide reports that amount to be $150,000 per episode.
Ty Burrell/ Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Ever since the show Modern Family debuted on television in 2009, it has been an instant favorite. It’s a sitcom in the truest sense of the word, because some of the situations the writers are able to conjure up on the show are beyond funny. One of the funniest and most loved actors on the show is Ty Burrell. He plays the role of Phil Dunphy and he’s one of the main reasons why the show is so good. He reportedly makes about $190,000 per episode and he also takes part in the profit-sharing as well from the show’s total revenues.
Another one of the funniest actors on the show is Julie Bowen. She plays the role of Claire Dunphy and she plays the role of the energetic and hilarious mother constantly trying to hold her family together. She reportedly makes about $190,000 per episode and she also takes part in the profit-sharing as well from the show’s total revenues.
Louis CK (Louie)
Louis CK is one of the best stand-up guys working in the industry today. He has a show that’s simply called Louie on the FX channel. The show is supposed to be a fictionalized version of his real life, and he is the writer, producer and director of the series. He was reportedly offered $350,000 an episode for the hit show but he actually negotiated for less money and settled for $250,000 per episode. The reason he did that is he didn’t want any interference at all by the network big wigs in his show. So as his deal stands, he earns less money but has 100% autonomy and creative control of his series.
Amy Poehler (Parks And Recreation)
The show Parks And Recreation is undoubtedly one of the best sitcoms on television right now. One of the reasons it’s so funny is that the writing is so good and the casting is pitch perfect. The show stars Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman and more. It has been around since 2009 and in 2015, it’s entering its final season. Amy Poehler is certainly one of the main reasons why the show works, and she reportedly earns $200,000 per episode.
Tim Allen (Last Man Standing)
The actor Tim Allen has really had a successful career in Hollywood with tons of hit films and television shows to his name. He has been a part of hit movies like The Santa Claus and Toy Story, and his sitcom Home Improvement and had a long and very impressive run from 1991-99. His current sitcom is Last Man Standing and it has been airing on ABC since 2011. It may not be one of the shows you constantly hear about, but it consistently draws very healthy ratings. He gets paid well for his time and talent too; for each episode of Last Man Standing, Allen earns a very decent check of $235,000.
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Sofia Vergara is one of the most beautiful women in television today. The Colombian beauty also happens to be one of the wealthiest actresses also. According to Reuters, Vergara pulls in a whopping $325,000 per episode of Modern Family. That’s not a yearly salary folks; that’s just how much she makes for one 30-minute episode! How crazy is that? Her private life is also going great. She just got engaged to the handsome hunk Joe Manganiello. 2015 should be a huge year for her.
Ashton Kutcher (Two And A Half Men)
Ashton Kutcher is living a very charmed life indeed. Doesn’t it seem like he’s one of those guys that just coasts through life with everything working well in his favor? He recently welcomed his first daughter with his lovely girlfriend Mila Kunis, and this year, his hit comedy show Two And A Half Men begins its much anticipated final season after being on air for 11 years. So you are probably wondering how much Mr. Kutcher makes per episode. Well the answer for that will make you swear that you’re in the wrong profession. According to Time magazine, he earns $750,000 per episode. Wow!
Main Cast Members (Big Bang Theory)
The CBS show Big Bang Theory is one of those sitcoms that are certainly acquired tastes. Perhaps it’s the type of comedy that can be described as nerd humor. Whatever you decide to call it, it doesn’t really matter because the writers, producers and actors are laughing all the way to the bank. The show debuted in 2007, and it has continued to gain in popularity since then. The main cast members of the show Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco were at one point earning $350,000 per episode. But after some serious negotiations, their salaries were recently tripled to $1 million per episode. That’s an insane amount of money – don’t you agree?