Keeping the memory of comedian (and Buddhist) Mike DeStefano alive

"Mikey D" on the cover of OK Karma, the only album released during his lifetime.

It was “2 years ago today,” says the Facebook page of Mike DeStefano, that “we lost our brother.” DeStefano, you may recall, first came to national attention on NBC’s televised comedy competition, Last Comic Standing, and in “The Junkie and the Monk,” a famously intense and personal installment of the storytelling series, The Moth. (Video of this appears below.) I had the great privilege of interviewing Mike back in July of 2010; Mike, who worked just about as “blue” as a comedy might, was far more than a foul mouth and a sharp tongue. He was a recovering addict, in love with the world, and finding strength and inspiration in part thanks to Buddhist practice. (You can read and/or listen to my interview with him here.)

The good news is that there are people actively working to preserve Mike’s memory. As the above Facebook post goes on to say: “He will be forever in our hearts. In conjunction with Harrington Talents and filmmaker Frank Mosca we are happy to announce that today is the official start of pre-production on the documentary of his amazing career, life and overall mission.”

The team behind the film “are asking anyone that has any footage, photos and stories to share with us for the film to please email:”

I look forward to seeing the film. If you don’t know Mike, visit the FB page for more, or watch “The Junkie and the Monk,” below. (A reminder: the language here, and in most of Mike’s material, can get quite strong.)


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