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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Help Robert Schimmel's Brother Fund a Robert Schimmel Documentary

Late, great comedian Robert Schimmel tragically passed away in 2010, and now, his brother Jeff Schimmel is raising money to make a documentary called Leave 'Em Laughing about Robert. If you're interested, you can head on over to the project's Kickstarter to watch the trailer and make a donation, or don't do that if that's not something you want to do. You are in control.

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  • gothamtommy

    Here's a fun story — I was working for a radio station years ago. I was a big fan of Schimmel based almost solely on his HBO special. I did a phone interview with him. Those calls usually last maybe 15 minutes, this stretched to two hours. I was too young and inexperienced to cut him off or rangle him in. Instead, it stretched on and on. During the call I heard water splashing now and then. Eventually it became clear he was calling from his bathtub. He rambled on a lot about random things, ranting at times and wasn't funny but rather honestly sad.

    Eventually, the call ended and some friends and I went to see him that night at the small room at MSG where they had some comedy gigs. He did his same act from his (at that point) two year old special, verbatim. I approached him after and introduced myself as the guy from the radio station, trying to get something out of the whole experience. He grunted or something and blew me off.