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Robert Schimmel

Robert Schimmel

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.

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.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Schimmel

Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007

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