Though he’s in the midst of a career arc, Laughspin can confirm that cult comedian Rick Shapiro has suffered a “mild cardiac event” exacerbated by a hypersensitivity to prescribed medication. He’s currently resting in a Los Angeles-area hospital, Shapiro’s manager Tracy DeMarzo tells Laughspin.
The incident occurred on Friday, April 13, which also happened to be Shapiro’s birthday. On that day, a message on Shapiro’s official Twitter feed read, “The Rick Shapiro at Vlad the Retailer’s Gallows Gallery is canceled for tonight. Show to be rescheduled,” referring to his bi-weekly gig at the Melrose Ave. venue, at which he’s workshopping his month-long Edinburgh Fringe Festival run.
Shapiro speaks openly on stage of his past drug use. However, DeMarzo explains he’s been sober for 25 years and says that illegal drugs had absolutely nothing to do with this health scare “This was a fluke, an unfortunate event,” she says. “It could have happened to anyone.” As of right now, it’s unknown if Shapiro’s scheduled performance at the WTF Fest (which runs April 22 – 29 in Oregon and Washington) will be postponed. DeMarzo is hopeful that Rick will be able to keep the dates. Doctors expect a full recovery.
Known for his stream-of-conscious, sometimes improvised and artfully eclectic live stand-up shows, Shapiro just released his second album Catalyst For Change, a book of essays titled Unfiltered and even appeared in last month’s major motion picture Project X.
Rick sends his thanks for the support he’s been getting even though nobody knows where he is.
As for us, we’re looking forward to seeing him back onstage as soon as he’s ready. Feel free to leave some supportive words in the comments section below. You can also send messages to Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit Rick’s website rickshapiro.tv for updates.