As one of the most respected working stand-up comedians of our time, Robert Schimmel, has, for more than 20 years, made thousands of comedy fans laugh and has influenced a huge crop of up-and-coming comics, as he’s constantly likened to Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Richard Pryor. But since beating the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he was diagnosed with in 2000, his comedy has done a lot more than create laughs.

Without losing an ounce of the cringe-worthy comedy he’s become so endeared for — this is a guy who has joked about banging his daughter’s boyfriend — he’s become a sort of psychological savior for those who have gone through similar life-threatening challenges, regularly joking onstage about his experience with cancer. Now after his shows, it’s not uncommon for audience members to hug Schimmel, tell them their stories or even cry in front of him.
-Punchline Magazine

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