Amy Schumer Believes Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle Should Earn More Than Her

August 26, 2017

Amy Schumer was the first woman to make the Forbes list of highest-paid comedians in 2016, ranking fourth on the list. And this year she made the list again, coming in at number five after raking in over $37 million–a whopping $20 million more than her 2016 earnings. Out of the top-ten comedians, Schumer is the only woman to make the list for the second time in a row. The funny woman has achieved critical and commercial success as a stand-up comedian as well as working as an actress, writer, and producer.

The Manhattan-born star’s staggering income was due to a combination of her best-selling memoir titled The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo; starring in movies including Snatched with Goldie Hawn; endorsements with brands like Old Navy and Bud Light; and her massive world tour. Indeed, the 36-year-old comic makes millions of dollars from her stand up tours–something rare in female comedians. She also sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden–the first female comedian to do so.

In addition, the 36-year-old comic premiered her Netflix comedy special The Leather Special which garnered somewhat mixed reviews. While many critics praised the raunchy humor, Schumer received a backlash of disastrous reviews by Netflix viewers. However, there was yet another reason for controversy. An article in Variety noted that Netflix offered the star $11 million for the show but said Amy returned to the negotiating table after discovering Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle pulled in $20 million apiece for their comedy specials with the streaming giant. The magazine’s report stirred up a storm of outrage on social media. Many people argued Amy shouldn’t consider herself on the same level as the two legendary comics and that she was undeserving of $20 million. Still, others felt Schumer should get equal pay–a hot topic in Hollywood these days. Indeed, Schumer herself has been outspoken about pay discrepancies, even appearing with Seth Rogen on a beer commercial last year talking about the gender pay gap.

In an Instagram post, Schumer responded to the uproar and clarified that she actually did not ask Netflix to increase her earnings to $20 million. She wrote:

“Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. 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. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That’s a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn’t ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my a** off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me ‘demanding’ or ‘insisting’ on equal pay to them aren’t  true.”

While it’s unclear how Amy learned about Rock and  Chappelle’s pay scales, she acted on the knowledge once it was revealed–as is the growing trend in the business. According to one report, Schumer managed to negotiate a considerable increase in pay for The Leather Special. And with a couple of movies coming up on the horizon, it sounds like she’s got a good chance of being listed in Forbes three years in a row.