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15 Best Facts About Robert Schimmel

1. Robert George “Bob” Schimmel was an American comedian whose material was often X-rated and controversial. He was best known for his comedy albums and his frequent appearances on HBO and The Howard Stern Show.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Schimmel married his first wife, Vicki, in 1977, and they had four children together.

5. Their son Derek died from cancer at the age of 11. Schimmel later divorced and remarried, having two sons with his second wife, Melissa.

6. Schimmel cited Lenny Bruce as his all-time comedy hero. Schimmel incorporated many aspects of his personal life into his act, even his cancer and the death of his son.

7. In one signature bit, Schimmel joked about making obscene suggestions to a lady from the Make-a-Wish Foundation. However, his edgy style made him a hit on The Howard Stern Show.

8. His treatments included chemotherapy and required long stays in the hospital.

9. Schimmel was arrested in Calabasas, California on May 2, 2009 as a result of an alleged confrontation between himself and his wife Melissa.

10. The district attorney eventually declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence.

11. During an interview on The Howard Stern Show on January 28, 2010, Schimmel announced that he developed cirrhosis as a result of a hepatitis C infection from a blood transfusion that he received while in the Air Force.

12. His cirrhosis had progressed to the point that he was working to be added to the waiting list for a donated liver.

13. On August 26, 2010, Schimmel was a passenger in a car driven by his 19-year-old daughter, Aliyah, in Scottsdale.

14. The car flipped onto its side and came to a stop in the shoulder of the Loop 101 freeway. Schimmel was hospitalized in serious condition, while Aliyah was hospitalized in stable condition.

15. He is interred at the Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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