Get paid for making people laugh

So you are not making as much money as you want to, well at least you still have your sense of humor. So, go out and use it to make some money. Let’s explore how.

Promote yourself on comedian marketplaces

One such marketplace in the US is GigSalad . You can be booked as the entertainment for parties or events. People go onto the marketplace to look for

  • Comedy magicians
  • Impressionists
  • Emcees
  • Stand-up comedians
  • Ventriloquists
  • Roast masters
  • Impressionists
  • Hypnotists
  • And more

There are also various agents that place comedians for events throughout the world. You must ensure that you investigate which agents are top of the pops in your area. Also engage with venues in your area that have regular comedy nights.

Submit hilarious content

You do not need to be a fully-fledged stand-up comedian to make money with your humor. There are platforms online that are willing to pay for hilarious content:

  • Cracked will pay $100 for funny content that is accepted, with potential for even more over time
  • College humor will shell out up to $35-$50 per amusing article accepted, and will pay you slightly less for funny photos
  • Funny times will give $25-$40 per accepted cartoon and $60 per story
  • And the real long shot......Readers Digest will pay $100 for any submitted joke or funny true story published in their magazine, but they accept very few submissions. 

These are all available to anyone around the world who has a computer with an internet connection.

Start a YouTube channel

5 of the top 10 earners on YouTube over the past year were comedic skits, sketches or clips. Between the 5 of them, they earned  $28.5m. Not too shabby. Now, there are thousands on YouTube looking to make that type of money. Most do fail quite miserably so don’t quit your job just yet. But, if you have a knack for making people laugh and are willing to dedicate some time to this, you never know what might happen.

Some other options to

  • Start a comedy podcast - Acast helps you monetize your podcasts, through strategically placed ads.
  • Do you also have some design skills? Yes?…well then you can also use platforms like CafePress or Threadless to design and sell hilarious merchandise. You can create funny t-shirts, mugs and more. If you can think of something a bit better than an “I’m with stupid” t-shirt, this may be a fun option to make some extra money.
  • Offer funny content on Fiverr. You can get paid to send funny birthday messages or for playing pranks. Check out their "fun and bizarre" section for some inspiration.


Being able to make people laugh is a great talent. It is talent that can make you money if you have the right money making strategy and just a bit of good fortune.  

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