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Cancer on Five Dollars a Day (Chemo Not Included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Lifeby Robert Schimmel
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In the spring of 2000, Robert Schimmel was riding high. He'd won the Stand-Up of the Year Award, his HBO special was a huge hit, and his sitcom had been picked up. And then it all came crashing down. Diagnosed with Stage III non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, he was told he would have to undergo chemotherapy immediately. The sitcom was dumped and the fire of his white-hot career started to go out. But Schimmel never lost his sense of humor, his knife-like edge, and most of all, his passion to entertain. Indeed, it was his basic need to laugh-even if the only people around him were suffering from cancer and the room he was playing was the Mayo Clinic infusion center-that carried him through his ordeal. From his colorful banter with nurses and other patients during chemo, to his hilarious conversation with a wig salesman, going for the laugh was Robert Schimmel's survival mechanism. Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and profound, Cancer on Five Dollars a Day is an honest account of how one man's face-off with a deadly disease helped him better understand himself.
Stand-up comedian Robert Schimmel's edgy, hilarious, and poignant musings on his battle with cancer
Stand-up comedian Schimmel offers his edgy, hilarious, and poignant musings on his battle with cancer. The author's conversational account is particularly ribald, emphasizing the importance a sense of humor can play in coping, learning, and healing.
In the spring of 2000, stand-up comedian Robert Schimmel was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and soon the fire of his white-hot career started to fizzle.
But Schimmel never lost his sense of humor, his searing honesty, and most of all, his passion to make people laugh. Indeed, it was his basic need to entertain—even if the only people around him were suffering from cancer and the room he was playing was the Mayo Clinic infusion center—that carried him through his ordeal.
Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving, Cancer on $5 a Day is a stirring account of how one mans face-off with a deadly disease helped him better understand himself, and ultimately changed his life.
About the Author
Robert Schimmel was named one of Comedy Centrals 100 Greatest Comics. He is a regular on Howard Stern and Conan OBrien. He lives in Los Angeles.
Alan Eisenstock is the author of several nonfiction works. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
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