Kickstart this project: ‘”LEAVE ‘EM LAUGHING” – Robert Schimmel Documentary’

Robert Schimmel

Comedy is incredibly difficult. There’s a certain art to standup comedy that only appeals to certain individuals, and that makes the study of what makes a standup comedian tick all the more interesting, a topic that hasn’t been particularly explored in documentaries. Jeff Schimmel looks to tackle that subject from a unique perspective; as the younger brother of 30-year comedy veteran Robert Schimmel, Jeff has been able to view the ups and downs of the elder Schimmel’s life and occupation up close, and is now he, along with Kelly D. Hommon, is looking to document Robert’s life following his untimely death in 2010. Schimmel himself was no slouch in the comedy world, having rubbed shoulders with the likes of Rodney Dangerfield and Howard Stern, as well as having written for In Living Color and performed on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. A documentary on his life has the potential to be endlessly fascinating, and for more details and/or to donate, you can see their Kickstarter page here, as well as the video below.

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By Deepayan Sengupta

There was once a time when I thought Scarface was the best movie ever made, and Home Improvement was appointment television for me. While I still have a soft spot for both, those days of naivete are long behind me, as I’ve subsequently managed to broaden my horizons. Ambition is the most important part of a movie for me; if it tries to do something unique, tell a well-worn story in a different way, or take on large themes in a honest manner, I can forgive many flaws. If there’s one movie fact I’ve learnt after all these years, it’s that Employee of The Month is to Office Space what fast food is to fresh fruit.

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