• Robert Schimmel documentary in the works and you can help fund it (Video)

    When Robert Schimmel died in 2010, he left behind him a body of work any comedian would have been proud to create. At 60 years old, Schimmel was a cancer survivor and was still earnestly touring across the country, so it was a shock to the comedy world when he was critically injured in a car crash and later succumbed to his injuries. I was lucky enough to interview Schimmel

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    Comedians send jokes to teen fighting brain cancer

    The late, legendary comedian Robert Schimmel wrote an entire book about his battle with late-stage cancer and how comedy helped him beat the disease. And now, whether he knows it or not, Chicago resident Miles Austrevich has taken a page from Schimmel’s book. The 19-year old has been fighting brain cancer on and off since 2008, but thanks to efforts from his father, the teen has been able to laugh

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    Robert Schimmel’s family creates fund to help his kids

    A little over a month ago, comedian Robert Schimmel died in a horrible car accident. Fans knew him for his brilliant, often filthy material, and for the funny, enlightening way he wrote about his battle with cancer in his book, Cancer On $5 A Day. What fans might not know is that the accident that claimed his life also injured two of his children, who were in the car with

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    Robert Schimmel, 1950 – 2010: Never before seen, uncut video interview

    The comedy world lost a legendary performer Friday. Robert Schimmel was 60 years old when he succumbed to injuries he sustained during an Aug. 26 car accident in Arizona. In the end, the details of his death are unimportant. What’s important is that we remember what he contributed to the art of comedy. Schimmel was a fearless performer, constantly challenging his audience with honest and many times x-rated bits on

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    Robert Schimmel, dead at 60

    Robert Schimmel, iconic stand-up comedian, died Friday at a Phoenix hospital, where he was being treated for injuries suffered in an Aug. 26 car accident. He was 60. According the the New York Times, the death was confirmed by his manager, Lee Kernis of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. As previously posted, Schimmel’s daughter, 19 was driving the car, with the comedian in the passenger seat and his 11-year-old son in the

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    Robert Schimmel talks cancer, genital wigs on Joy Behar Show tonight

    I’ve been liking Joy Behar’s new show on HLN, mostly because of the amount of great stand-up comedy guests she incorporates. One night, I saw Rich Vos sitting next to famous magazine editor Bonnie Fuller; it was an odd combo. Next week, she’ll have on Susie Essman, Sarah Silverman and David Alan Grier; can’t go wrong with that lineup. But tonight, legendary comedian, Robert Schimmel pays the Joy Behar Show

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    Judi Brown-Marmel: The force behind many laughs

    If you’ve spent any quality time here on Punchline Magazine, you’ll know that we pride ourselves on giving you the latest interviews with the biggest names and up and comers in stand-up comedy. But every once in awhile, we also like to introduce you to some of the behind-the-scenes players of the industry, the folks who are integral in helping those stand-up comedians reach a wider audience. To that end,

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    Video interview: A Tight Five with Robert Schimmel

    And… we’re back! Get set for brand new installments of our weekly video web series A Tight Five. What better way to kick off our next crop of episodes than with stand-up comedy legend Robert Schimmel. The man just premiered a new Showtime special called Life Since Then (also out on DVD); the hour-long set largely deals with the events of his life since he was diagnosed with cancer and

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