Cancer on Five Dollars A Day (chemo Not Included)

Cancer on Five Dollars A Day (chemo Not Included)

How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life

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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.


Baker & Taylor
The stand-up comedian describes his battle with cancer; the sense of humor and need to entertain that got him through the long months of illness, hospitals, and chemotherapy; and how the experience changed him and his comedy.

Perseus Publishing
Stand-up comedian Robert Schimmel’s edgy, hilarious, and poignant musings on his battle with cancer

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.


Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Lifelong Books, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780738211589
0738211583
Branch Call Number: 616.994 S335c
Characteristics: xvi, 195 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates: illustrations; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Eisenstock, Alan

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