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Late comic Robert Schimmel might get tribute book

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One of the funniest comics I've ever seen perform live was the late Robert Schimmel at Zanies on Wells. I don't recall the year he was in town nor do I recall specific jokes, but I clearly recall nearly blowing beer out my ample schnozz on more than one occasion throughout the jam-packed show.

Now, two-and-a-half-years after the cancer-surviving and unabashedly raw standup (a favorite guest of radio host Howard Stern) died in a car accident at age 60, his brother Jeff Schimmel is trying to scare up cash via a kickstarter.com campaign to produce an e-book on Robert's life.

If $14,250 is pledged by Thursday, April 18, the project -- titled "Leave 'Em Laughing" -- will be funded sufficiently and the bookmaking can begin. So far the tally is a bit over $7800.

"Leave 'Em Laughing" is a story so worth telling, about a man who has earned this tribute," Jeff writes on kickstarter.com. "The only way I can be sure to bring it to you in the best, most satisfying, and most genuine way, is to raise the funds and produce it myself."

In a thematically related story, film director and ex-Chicago performer Adam McKay's comedy site funnyordie.com has posted an April Fool's Day parody of kickstarter campaigns -- none even close to as serious or heartfelt as Jeff Schimmel's. Such as this one (warning: adult material) from Israeli super model Bar Refaeli , which Robert would surely have appreciated.

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Mike, thank you so much for your kind words. We've reached our funding goal, so the project is a go. But we still have two days left for people who loved Bob to get involved. My brother would've loved your column. He worked hard to make audiences laugh, and now it's time to show him we remember.

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