I am a stand-up comic. Before that, I was a drug counselor. Before that, I was a drug addict. Before that, I was 12.
March 8, 2011 9:04 AM Subscribe
Comedian Mike DeStefano
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has died of a heart attack at 44. DeStefano told wrenching tales from his life as a recovering drug addict, like the MOTH monologue in the title link, which begins with a very bad day he had while caring for his wife as she was dying of AIDS (NSFW language).
Another monologue, Franny's Last Ride
, recounts one beautiful day they shared while she was in hospice. More bad language, and may induce tears.
He could blend harrowing stories with humor and humanism. In this interview
(start at 18:00) he talks more about his past, his wife, the Bronx, HIV, and his recovery from heroin addiction. He had recently achieved greater renown as a finalist on the show Last Comic Standing.