Comedian Robert Schimmel dead

robert-schimmelImage Credit: Chad Buchanan/Getty ImagesComedian Robert Schimmel passed away Friday, more than one week after a car accident on Interstate Highway 10 in Phoenix left him in critical condition, the comedian’s publicist confirmed with EW. Schimmel, who frequently appeared on The Howard Stern Show, was in his daughter’s car Aug. 26 when she lost control and crashed. (She is in stable condition.) The comedian — a cancer survivor whose raunchy style helped sell books like Cancer on $5 a Day (Chemo Not Included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life — was 60 years old.

Some of Schimmel’s friends have already spoken out about the comedian’s passing:

Jimmy Kimmel via Twitter: “Robert Schimmel was one of the funniest and nicest guys in comedy.”

Penn Jillette via Twitter: “I’m so sad about Robert Schimmel dying. I’ve been checking the news for 3 hours hoping it wasn’t true. He was very funny and wonderful.”

Jim Gaffigan via Twitter: “RIP Robert Schimmel. Really funny. Really nice. Really will be missed.”

Jeff Schimmel, Schimmel’s brother, via Facebook: “ROBERT SCHIMMEL. Son, Brother, Father, Grandfather, Comedian, Generous Man. I have always loved you, admired you, and was proud to be your biggest fan. I will never forget a single moment. R.I.P.”

Dane Cook, via Twitter: “Robert Schimmel was one of the first people in comedy to call when my folks were fighting cancer. No ego no bs no small talk just inspiration”

Joe Rogan, via Twitter: “F——–k. I loved that dude. He was SUCH a nice guy, and f–king hilarious”

Sarah Silverman, via Twitter: “‘I’m happy to say I licked the big C. And I beat cancer.’ -Robert Schimmel RIP”

Marlon Wayons, via Twitter: “The world lost a true comedian, one of the greats. He turned his pain into laughs. He was fearless. RIP ROBERT SCHIMMEL

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  • simmie

    Shimmel was a genius. He will be missed.

    • Keith

      Agreed. I’ve been a fan of his since I was far too young to be listening to his material. The world is a little less funny now.

      • UGH


      • Jerv

        If I ever ever ever ever meet someone who has anything to do with these bs dating sites that have no business in these posts, I swear I will stab them repeatedly in the face with the rusty scissors that I am now going to begin carrying. Watch out username sara lady, I’m coming for you.

    • TVS

      Meh. I remember listening to this guy’s standup and hearing one cheap gay joke after another…

      • Jim

        Your life is a gay joke.

      • panicBoy

        Yeah, expensive gay jokes are way funnier. Jag-aff.

        RIP, Bob. You were one of the greats.

      • KLR

        Some people just don’t get it… RIP Mr. Schimmel

    • tamby

      No one could talk about his feces in a more sustained and disgusting way. He will be missed.

    • anne

      Joy Behar told Denis Leary on her show: [ Sept 7th
      ” He had hep C and cancer and that he was on his way out anyways’ as she slapped her papers down on the table.
      wow is she cold hearted.

      • RMacali

        C U Next Tuesday

  • Ceballos

    Not only the greatest comedian, but the greatest MAN who ever lived. Period. God just took him early so he could rule by his side, as equals. Life is truly meaningless now for those he left behind…

    • J R Kaplan

      Don’t you have any decency, Ceballos? Robert Schimmel was my friend and I am deeply saddened by his loss. But you diminish him by your ridiculous assertion, and you are obviously only trying to draw attention to yourself. Shut up and shame on you!

      • Ceballos


      • Greg S.

        Well said Jason!

      • HPR

        @J R Kaplan – Such sad news. Really tragic. I heard him last time he was on and what a battle the man’s life was. Kinda similar to Kinison in some ways. I’ll be tuned in on Monday to hear the show. PS – way to step up with the website.

      • FakeCeballosBlows

        Fake Ceballos, you’re a douche.

      • Sal Governale

        Hey Jason, lighten up. No seriously lighten up you are really fat

      • panicBoy

        Waddup, Jason and Sal? IF IN FACT IT IS REALLY YOU.

        Sal’s IQ I can understand. Jason, I still think you smarter than that bald tool.

      • Jodie

        Short, sweet, to the point, FREE—eaxtcly as information should be!

  • Ceballos

    I’ll have low Carb beer!

  • thomas


    • Buffy Freak

      He was mocking the comments of the comedians in the article.

    • Kathleen Morse

      Thomas, He was being sarcastic and funny. Much like Shimmel would have been in a like situation. So, so sorry for his daughter.

  • Danni Krash

    Very sad news, a great comic, very underated talent. I saw him w/ Artie Lange in Cape Cod and Laughed my ass off, not to mention all the Howard Stern appearances that would make my day anytime he was on. My heart goes out to his family especially his daughter who I understand was driving…Very sad indeed. Rest in peace funny man.

    • —-

      Your last name is Krash! Get it? Subtle but hilarious!

    • panicBoy

      Was that the show at the Melody Tent when Bob almost got bit by a brown recluse spider and screamed like a little girl? That’s one of my favorite road stories.

  • Greg S.

    Our hearts are now empty with Bob’s passing but our minds are filled with his memory. Thanks for the many laughs. RIP!

  • Buffy Freak

    Oh man…he was such a funny guy! Bob seeme to have a really tough life.The stories he’d tell on Stern were so filled with targedy but he always made you laugh at the same time.

    I feel so badly for his daughter…can’t imagine what it’s like to realize you were driving the car in an accident that killed someone, especially a loved one, even if it wasn’t her fault.

    • Casey

      That is very sad. It’s like when Princess Stephanie was driving during the accident with Grace Kelly, RIP.

  • Kanye

    Yo Robert, I’m happy for you and I’ma let you finish, but Rue McClanahan had the best celebrity death of the year!

    • Buffy Freak

      LOL! Well played…

      • Kagerou

        Yo “Kanye”, I’m happy for you that some people still laugh at this cheap joke, but I’m sure most of have seen it to often for it to be funny anymore.

      • Jeff

        What is ‘well played’ about being a jerk?

      • Buffy Freak

        Oh relax..Schimmel was a funny comic…but not at all a politically correct one. And since it happens to be the same day that Kanye tweeted an apology to Taylor Swift, I thought it was kind of irreverantly funny. I’m bummed about Bob’s death but it doesn’t mean we can’t laugh…


    May his soul rest in perfect peace.Am from GHANA.

    • ….

      AG-BOZO! Hahahahaha! Me name Bozo from GUANO.

  • Bob

    Robert plyed ” The Comedy Den” in Grand Rapids Mi and it was a pleasure to do the radio shows with him and have him on stage. Great Guy…
    Good friend..Make God laugh Robert..Your playing the Big Room.

  • darclyte

    RIP Bob, you didn’t have it easy, but that made for great comedy.

  • C wildfang

    Rip. Robert so sad
    For your family and friends. You really made laugh as well as
    Think will miss u much very much……

  • GetOverYourself

    Ceballos didn’t say anything wrong. peeps grieve in different ways and Kaplan just saw an opportunity to make this all about himself. Some peeps can’t make a point without making it about themselves. Get over yourself Kaplan

  • GetOverYourself

    oh look at me look at me…your points are meaningless and i knewhim better so my poop don’t stink and i am sadder than you are neener neener (jrkaplan imitation)

  • Buzz

    was he behind the cartoons on SNL that for many years were the truly funniest segments of the show? those were/ARE classic. Now Who will play him in the movie of his life story ? Deserving of a biopic . Hats off to you RS . May Light and Love illuminate your path….and the lives of your daughter and sone and the rest of your family ….

    • Buffy Freak

      No that’s Robert Smigel, who also does Triumph the Insult Comic dog.

    • ….

      That was Robert Smigel you idiot!

      • Phil

        Actually Robert and his brother Jeff did do some cartoons for SNL so get a grip ok

      • beef

        you don’t have to call him an idiot you racist!

      • tamby

        aka, the funny one

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