Some stand-up comedians are Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy, Aziz Ansari, Jeff Foxworthy and Jay Leno. Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience. Stand-up comedy is usually performed in comedy clubs, nightclubs, bars and theaters. The live performance is sometimes then distributed on television, DVD and the Internet. Netflix customers can watch stand-up comedy specials with a Netflix membership.
The term stand-up was coined in the late 1940s. In the 1970s to 1990s, stand-up comedy was made popular by the different styles of Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and others. These comedians added elements of social satires to their jokes and commented on everything from sexual humor to race relations.
Other famous stand-up comedians include: Louis C.K., John Oliver, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Cosby and Dave Chapelle. The top earning comedians of 2015 include: Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Terry Fator, Jeff Dunham and Russell Peters.
Stand-up comedian Kevin Hart's "What Now" tour was the highest grossing comedy tour ever, as of 2015. The show sold over 600,000 tickets and grossed more than 35 million dollars, running from April 9 to August 30, 2015. Hart also became the first comedian to headline a stadium show at Lincoln Financial Field.