Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Cancer on Five Dollars a Day by Robert Schimmel

From NY Post: link-

Book Description:
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. About the Author:
Robert Schimmel, named one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Comics, has had Showtime and HBO specials, bestselling CDs, a Fox TV pilot, consistently sold-out club dates, and is a regular on both Howard Stern and Conan O'Brien. He lives in Los Angeles.

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