With all he’s been through in his personal life, one wonders how comedian Robert Schimmel has kept his sense of humor. He lost a son to cancer and was later diagnosed with the disease himself. In between, he suffered a heart attack. But it’s his sense of humor and positive attitude that Schimmel attributes to his survival. “You could have the best doctors in the world,” he says. “(You could) be in the No. 1 hospital in the world. You could have the best drugs that money can buy.
If your head isn’t in the right place, that shit doesn’t mean anything because your mind is stronger than all of those things.” Schimmel talks about his battle with cancer, which is still in remission, on stage. He’s quick to add a disclaimer, though. “I make sure that the audience knows that I do not think that cancer’s funny and I’m not making light of cancer or anyone in the audience that’s gone through it. I’m talking exclusively about my experience and how I feel that attitude and having a sense of humor helped me to get through it, and I do believe that attitude had a lot to do with it.” Schimmel performs Thursday-Sunday at Funny Bone on the Levee. Tickets are $17-$20.
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