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Forbes: The Top-Earning Comedians of 2013

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No. 5: Louis C.K.

$16 million

The mastermind behind the Emmy-winning "Louie" is a risk-taker who has transformed the business with his lucrative ticket-distributing platform. Last year, he sold digital downloads of his comedy special directly to fans on his website, grossing $4.5 million in sales in just 45 hours. He took the same approach this year by charging $45 for a ticket to his show. Though C.K. admits cutting out the middlemen earns him less, it's proven that his fans will only love him more.

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