5 comedians Netflix has paid insane amounts of money — including $40 million to Ricky Gervais

Netflix has established itself as the premier home for stand-up comedy over the past few years, and it has accomplished this by shelling out millions to some of the top names in the industry.

Ricky Gervais' recent Netflix special, "Humanity," is the first of two specials in a deal the actor-comedian reportedly signed for $40 million.

Gervais follows stand-ups like Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock in netting multi-million dollar deals from the streaming service.

It should be noted that Netflix has also drawn criticism for under-paying some comics. Comedian Mo'Nique came into a pay dispute with the company last year when they reportedly offered her $500,000 for a special.

Also, Louis C.K. was reportedly set to make between $30 million and $35 million from Netflix for a two-special deal, before the company canceled his second special following sexual misconduct allegations against the comedian. While he was paid for his first special, released in early 2017, we've excluded him from this list as his deal is not ongoing.

Here are the 5 comedians Netflix has paid insane amounts of money:

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