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Robert Schimmel

Born: January 16, 1950
Death: September 3, 2010
BlueMeter: Dirty

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2009 Life Since Then
2003 Reserection
1999 Unprotected
1998 If You Buy This CD I Can Get This Car
1996 Robert Schimmel Comes Clean
The Early Years, Part 2
The Early Years, Part 1

Specials (and other video)

2009 Robert Schimmel: Life Since Then
2007 Live at Gotham (Episode 204)

Features multiple comedians

2006 Authorized Bootleg: Live in NYC 10.21.06
1999 Robert Schimmel: Unprotected
1994 Guilty as Charged
1992 The A-List
1990 Hard Core in the Big Apple
1989 Sherman Hemsley's Comedy Jackpot
1987 Rodney Dangerfield: Nothin' Goes Right
1984 Dirty Dirty Jokes

Books (by and about)

2008 Cancer on $5 a Day: How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life (Chemo Not Included)


Robert’s break came in 1986 when Rodney Dangerfield invited him to perform on his HBO Young Comedians Special which led to his critically acclaimed Showtime specials, “Hard Core in the Big Apple,” and “Robert Schimmel: Guilty as Charged.” His TV credits include, “Staff writer on In Living Color,” Appearances on “The Howard Stern Show,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” In addition, The Lymphoma Research Foundation of America honored Schimmel with their annual Celebration of Life Award, presented to an individual that shows determination, strenght and courage in thier fight against cancer. He recently recovered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was awarded Stand-Up of the year at The 13th Annual American Comedy Awards.“The best comedy comes form the truth,” says Robert Schimmel. “Unprotected” his debut HBO comedy Hour, successfully premiered November of 1999. Schimmel is one of the few comedians that have comedy cd’s released on Warner Bros. Records.

Robert “Bob” Schimmel (born 1950 in Bronx, New York) is an American stand-up comedian, whose material is often X-rated and controversial. He is perhaps best known for his comedy albums and his appearances on HBO and The Howard Stern Show. Schimmel’s material almost always pertains to sex, whether he is discussing computers, his daughter, or animals.

According to Bob his career began when, at the urging of his sister, he performed at a comedy club’s open-mic night. A club owner in Los Angeles offered to make him a regular, but when Bob moved to L.A. he found that the club had burned down.

Undaunted, and with some help from Rodney Dangerfield, Bob began making a name for himself. He wrote material for In Living Color and for comedians such as Yakov Smirnoff.

Bob married his first wife, Vicki, in 1977, and they have two children together. They also had a son, Derek, who died of cancer at age 11. Schimmel is married to his second wife, Melissa, with whom he has two children.

In 1998, Bob suffered a heart attack, and in June 2000, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. His treatments included chemotherapy and required long stays in the hospital. During one such session his daughter Jessica brought her best friend, Melissa, to visit Bob, and the two began an unlikely May-December romance. Bob’s cancer went into remission, he and Vicki divorced, and Bob married Melissa, who is only four years older than Jessica.

Bob’s willingness to frankly and humorously discuss the tragic events of his life in his act has set him apart from other comics. Before his illness, his act included a bit about how strange it might be if a person wore a wig on their pubic area. When he lost his body hair due to chemotherapy treatment, he discovered that there really is such a thing — these wigs, or “merkins”, have existed for hundreds of years. He updated the comedy bit accordingly.

Bob will incorporate any aspect of his personal life into his act, even the death of his son. In perhaps his most extreme bit, Bob joked about making obscene suggestions to a lady from the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Bob cites Lenny Bruce as his all-time comedy hero. Like Bruce, Bob’s raunchy act has gotten him into trouble from time to time. Bob has not been asked to perform on Late Night with Conan O’Brien since 1999, and he believes this is because of a particularly dirty sex joke he told during his last appearance. However, his edgy style has made him a hit on The Howard Stern Show.

Schimmel has released several comedy albums, including Robert Schimmel Comes Clean; If You Buy This CD, I Can Get This Car; Unprotected; and Reserection.

He is number 76 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.