Robert Schimmel Biography – Wiki

robert-schimmel-biography-wikiRobert Schimmel Biography – Wiki: Robert George “Bob” Schimmel was an American stand-up comedian whose material is often X-rated and controversial. He was perhaps best known for his comedy albums and his appearances on HBO and The Howard Stern Show. Schimmel is number 76 on the 2004 program Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time.

Schimmel was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of Betty and Otto Schimmel, Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. He was voted class clown during high school and was in the United States Air Force for one year during the Vietnam War. A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, 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 Schimmel moved there he found that the club had burned down.

Undaunted, and with some help from Rodney Dangerfield, who invited him to perform on his HBO Young Comedians Special, Schimmel began making a name for himself. He wrote material for In Living Color and for comedians such as Yakov Smirnoff and Jimmie Walker.

Schimmel married his first wife, Vicki, in 1977, and they had four children together. Their son Derek died of cancer at age 11. Schimmel then married his second wife, Melissa, with whom he had two sons.

Schimmel cited Lenny Bruce as his all-time comedy hero. Schimmel incorporated any aspect of his personal life into his act, even his cancer and the death of his son. In one signature bit, Schimmel joked about making obscene suggestions to a lady from the Make-a-Wish Foundation. His act was described as raunchy and sexually explicit, which he claimed is why he never appeared on netweork television. He said his inappropriate comments on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Hollywood Squares got him disinvited to appear, though he later returned to O’Brien’s program. However, his edgy style has made him a hit on The Howard Stern Show.

In 1998, Schimmel suffered a heart attack, and in June 2000, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His treatments included chemotherapy and required long stays in the hospital. During one such session, his daughter Jessica brought her boss, Melissa, to visit him, and the two began an unlikely May-December romance. Schimmel’s cancer went into remission, resulting in his decision to return to his wife Vicki and break off his relationship with Melissa. Schimmel later reunited with Melissa, leading to the conception of their child. Schimmel then divorced his wife Vicki and married Melissa.

During an interview on the Howard Stern show on January 28, 2010, Schimmel announced that he contracted cirrhosis as a result of a Hepatitis C infection from a blood transfusion that he received while in the Air Force. His cirrhosis had progressed to the point that he was working to be added to the waiting list for a donated liver.

Schimmel was arrested in Calabasas, California on May 2, 2009 as a result of an alleged confrontation between Schimmel and his wife Melissa. The district attorney eventually declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence. On May 8, 2009, Melissa Schimmel filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

On August 26, 2010, while traveling on Interstate Highway 10 in Phoenix, Arizona, Schimmel was involved in a major car accident that left him in very serious condition. Schimmel’s 19-year-old daughter, Aliyah Schimmel, was driving at the time and Schimmel was in the passenger seat. Sources say his daughter swerved to avoid an accident in her lane and she lost control of the car. Robert Schimmel died of his injuries on September 3, 2010.