Comedian Robert Schimmel Dead at 60

Known for his raunchy HBO specials

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 4, 2010 1:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – Standup comic Robert Schimmel died yesterday at age 60 after battling injuries sustained in a car accident in Arizona. Schimmel is probably best known for his raunchy HBO specials and guest appearances on Howard Stern's show, notes E! Online. He was also a favorite of Conan's. Schimmel was in a car driven by his teenage daughter when she swerved to avoid another vehicle on Aug. 26. She's expected to fully recover.

Schimmel survived non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and wrote a 2008 memoir about it called Cancer on $5 a Day. He was currently awaiting a liver transplant after a bad blood transfusion gave him cirrhosis. Tweeted Jimmy Kimmel: "Robert Schimmel was one of the funniest and nicest guys in comedy." See the video gallery for samples.

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Robert Schimmel and his wife-in-a-bar joke.   (youtube.com)
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