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Comedian KevOnStage Went From Making $30 A Show To Building An Entertainment Empire And Streaming Platform

The power and convenience of mobile devices have made content access nearly instantaneous. From social media to streaming apps, entertainment is at your fingertips — and content creators such as Kevin “KevOnStage” Fredricks are capitalizing on the movement. Fredricks is a comedian, actor, and entrepreneur who has been working to establish his brand as someone who connects people from various backgrounds and proudly focuses on amplifying Black voices and content. A significant part of this work is manifested in creating KevOnStage Studios, a multi-channel operation for original content, from podcasts to television shows and films. Although Fredricks’ work has taken off, it hasn’t always been this way. His journey started from the proverbial bottom, and now he’s working to build an empire that puts his name alongside those who own major streaming platforms including Netflix and Hulu.

Josh Rodgers

Oct 26, 2023

And The Numbers Are In — This List Ranked Multi-Millionaire Kevin Hart As The Most Influential Comedian In The U.S.

The year 2011 was a special year for Kevin Hart. This was the moment when he dropped his very first comedy special, “Laugh At My Pain.” Using his personal life as a backdrop to his jokes, Hart quickly captivated the hearts of many with his wit, comedic timing, and relatability. Since this breakout moment, Hart has had fans in a proverbial chokehold, bringing people joy through laughter with multiple television and movie roles, hosting shows, and a string of comedy specials that only doubled down on his funnyman persona. One of the ways in which Hart has been able to maintain his status in entertainment has been his keen business savvy. Understanding that comedy and acting are not the only ways to build wealth, he has leveraged his massive $450 million net worth to foster partnerships and build businesses that only pile on to the fortune he’s created. To date, some of Hart’s investments and partnerships include working with brands like Audible, HUNGRY, Tommy John, Ellis Island Tea,...

Josh Rodgers

Oct 13, 2022

Issa Rae's Raedio Inks Historic Record Deal With 'The Read’ For Original Comedy Album

This week, Issa Rae’s audio-everywhere company Raedio announced that it has joined forces with award-winning podcast duo, The Read, to bring a historic, first-of-its-kind record deal to life for an upcoming original comedy album. Shadow and Act confirmed the news with the company, which revealed plans to release the new full-length project — executive produced by Raedio president Benoni Tagoe, Rae, The Read’s (Kid Fury and Crissle) and talent manager Alexandra Rago — featuring both commentary on historic pop culture moments from The Read along with original music from today’s most prolific artists. For nearly a decade, entertainment and podcast personalities Kid Fury and Crissle, formally and jointly known as The Read, have amassed a huge following of listeners and supporters through their unfiltered opinions that have taken the industry by storm. As one of the more prominent players amid the podcast era, The Read has made a huge impact in the way that audiences consume and resonate...

Njera Perkins

Apr 28, 2021

How Kevin Hart Went From Shoe Salesman to A $200M Net Worth

Philidelphia comedian Kevin Hart once worked as a shoe salesman making minimum wage while hustling to make his stand-up comedy dreams come true. Fast forward to 2017 and Forbes reported that Hart became the highest-paid comedian in the world with an insane net worth and racking in a whopping $32.5 million that year. Looking back at Hart’s journey to his now $200 million net worth may appear to be a gradual rise to success but, taking a closer look, it was one with many ups and downs. Before the buzz, he garnered from his comedy tours, including “I’m a Grown Little Man” and “Seriously Funny,” Hart had cameos in movies like “ Soul Plane” and “ Scary Movie 3.” According to The Philadelphia Tribune , his 2011 stand-up special “Laugh at My Pain,” earned more than $15 million in ticket sales. Viral clips of the special also helped grow his social media following and solidify his place as one of the world’s most successful comedians. Hart also became a hit in Hollywood, starring in...

Abriana Walton

Sep 28, 2020