Comedian Rick Shapiro suffers ‘cardiac event’ (Exclusive)

By | April 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm | 10 comments | feature slider, News | Tags: , , ,

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 and visit Rick’s website for updates.

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  • Dan

    he’s still up an at em. he dropped in to the hollywood hotel open mic 2 nights ago. he was hilarious. his left hand looks a little fucked up now, but it actually makes him way more funny because he looks like a crazy homeless man onstage.

  • scott coblio

    I have yet to catch your act (been meaning to at Vlad’s) but been looking forward to it–so don’t go and deny me the pleasure now! Get well soon so I can catch up to the craze.

  • Bobholmanpoet

    Rick – get weller sooner. Love, Bob

  • EdG

    rick, i am carving a solid mahogany tear just for you….xoxo eddie

  • Jo Ellen Berryman

    Just now learning about all this!!  I do hope you are on you way to 100% recovery and are better than ever.  Good heavens I know you like attention….. but really!!!

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  • Judah

    Get better Rick! You can do it man! The guys at the diner need you to goof on them at 3am.

  • prayingForRick

    Will be praying for you, Rick!!! Please get better soon!!! I hope you are doing OK and back on your feet soon!

  • Kim Blacklock

    Prayers are all out there for you, buddy! We love you. – Your Gepetto!

  • Seaglassfilms

    We love you Rick and are thinking of you. You know who we are. Your number has changed so we can’t contact you. Call me through facebook. Love you. Get better. Friendship is powerful…

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