Maria Bamford Wants You To Know How Much She Makes
Sure, telling jokes for chicken wings and beer is fine when you’re starting out, but Maria Bamford wants to make sure you know what to do when the dollars start coming in, too.
Like many stand-up comedians, Bamford honed her hustle for years before cashing in on her success to the tune of $20K a night. In a recent interview with Wealth Simple, Bamford shares how she finally learned to grab the reigns with her own finances and how she empowers other comedians to do the same.
Now that I make a living as a comedian, I like to show other comics what I’m earning. It feels useful. When I perform, I have an opening act, my dear friend Jackie Kashian. I pay her a third of what I net for every job, since she does a third of the time on stage. There’s often a middle-act comic—usually someone who’s just starting out. I pay them between $600 and $1,000. I also tell them what I’m earning. I show them what a contract looks like, what my manager and agent take out of my fee. I want them to have an idea of what it all looks like—it’s really important not to be ignorant about this stuff. It’s empowerment.
Read about her journey here.
We love you, Maria. Never change.