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Leno’s Bookkeeping

January 13, 2008 9:00 PM

Jay Leno might want to consider writing a book of personal financial and career advice. On his exchange visit to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last week, the famously hard-working Mr. Leno said he always tries to live on what he brings in from his many standup comedy appearances each year, while saving up his salary for hosting “The Tonight Show” and donating to charities what he makes from books and movies.

“It seems like sort of an easy way to do it,” Mr. Leno said, not addressing the fact that none of his jobs is easy.

Making a quick comparison of his two main sources of income, Mr. Leno said, “As a standup comic, OK, I can go out by myself. I need 160 people to do a [television] show, but I only need me to do a standup show.”

Plus, the striking Writers Guild of America can’t complain about who is or isn’t writing his jokes when he’s doing standup.

—Michele Greppi


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