How much can you make in stand up comedy? Answer is: a lot – if you organize your events and appearances yourself.
Stand up comics, famous ones, make a TON of money. Example: standard large venue capacity is 2000-3000 people. McCaw hall in Seattle has a capacity of 2,900. Not too many people, right?
If you sell out at an average price of $50/ticket, that’s 145,000. Even IF the venue takes 50% (usually it’s 30%), you still make an astounding $72,500 FOR THE EVENING. And you can do those shows at a rate of 100 per year, which comes out to $7,250,000 per year.