Lining her pockets for equality: Amy Schumer demanded a pay hike after learning she was being paid less for her Netflix special than Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle
An $11 million payday is not to be sniffed at.
But Amy Schumer demanded more money from Netflix bosses after learning she was being paid less for her stand-up special than Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.
The 36-year-old Trainwreck comic struck a blow for income equality by insisting on a pay hike upon learning her show The Leather Special was to be purchased for a lower fee by the subscription service.
By way of contrast, comedy superstars Chris, 52, and Dave were earning a whopping $20 million for their work, though they had also signed multiple special deals.
According to Variety the actress, who became a hot property thanks to her Emmy-winning show Inside Amy Schumer, managed to get a ‘significant’ increase in her fee, despite the differences in their respective agreements.
Chapelle’s deal saw the 43-year-old earning $60 million for three specials, of which he has so far delivered two hour-long sets, The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas.
He has also been ranked in the number one slot in Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.
Rock, who has won four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards, was given a similar rate but on a two special deal.
Raking it in: Chapelle’s deal saw him earning a whopping $60 million for three specials
The move was also seeing the comedy legend making a long-awaited return stand-up after an eight-year absence.
Another point of contrast is the fact Amy only started performing in the 2000s, while Chapelle has been working since the 1990s and Rock the 1980s.
Amy, who is a cousin of US Senator Chuck Schumer, was ranked above both in Forbes’ list of the top paid comics of 2016.
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Show me the money: Amy was ranked above both in Forbes’ list of the top paid comics of 2016
Amy came in at fourth spot after raking in a whopping $17 million, behind just Terry Fator, Jerry Seinfeld and top-ranked Kevin Hart.
Dave came in at just sixth after making $13 million while Chris, who was admittedly on hiatus, was not on the list at all.
Amy’s Leather Special, which was released in March, ultimately earned a mixed response from critics, with Lorraine Ali of the Los Angeles Times musing: ‘Ironically, the dirtier it gets, the less daring it feels.
‘Part of the problem is that she doesn’t drop in enough context from her life of late, and the material feels like it could have come from a set three years ago.’
Not-so-special: Her latest stand-up set has received mixed reviews