10 highly paid comedy stars who haven’t been funny in years
We used to love watching our favorite comedians in each summer’s blockbuster hit comedy. We would rush to the movie theatre or rent the VHS (I know, what a throwback) just to see comedy gold. We grew up in an age full of comedy talent which typically came from popular TV shows like Saturday Night Live or In Living color. These were the kings and queens of comedy.
But something happened over the years. The kings and queens of comedy we once loved stopped being funny. They started putting out movies for what it seemed like was just to get a paycheck. Their box office numbers fell along with their sense of humor. Here are 10 highly paid comedy stars that haven’t been funny in years!
While his more recent spoofs such as A Haunted House and Fifty Shades of Black have been a hit (well… sort of), Wayans hasn’t made a truly funny movie since White Chick’s in 2004, which he starred in, wrote and produced. He currently rakes in about $7.2M annually.
While he’s been in every Kung Fu Panda movie out there, Jack Black hasn’t really made anyone laugh since Tropic Thunder came out in 2008. If watching actors play other actors that were filming a Vietnam War film and were dropped into the jungle to learn how to survive and fend for themselves isn’t entertaining to you — then I’m not sure what is. It’s estimated that Black currently pulls in about $2.3M per year.
While it might’ve been a nice gesture, Pink Panther 2 wasn’t necessary. The last film that Martin starred in that’s considerably funny was It’s Complicated in 2009 with Streep and Baldwin. We can let this one slide considering he’s given audiences plenty of laughs to last a lifetime and has a net-worth of $110M.
I always enjoy catching him bickering with his wife and father-in-law on a good rerun of The King of Queens, but Kevin James hasn’t made a genuinely funny movie since I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry in 2007. While this movie did have a lot of mixed reviews, bear with me when I say that it shows one of the more tender roles that James has played with Sandler while still managing to maintain some humor. It’s estimated that he pulls in about $12.3M per year.
It pains me to admit this, but the last movie that Sandler came out with that was actually somewhat funny, and funny in the cheesiest of ways, was 50 First Dates in 2004. He played a Hawaiian local taking advantage of tourists until Drew Barrymore swooped in. While it was more of a rom-com, it definitely drew in the right amount of laughs and tears. While he insists on making movies about grown ups and pixels, he still manages to rake in about an average of $20M per film.