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Monday, March 7th, 2011
RIP

Comedian Mike DeStefano Dies of a Heart Attack

Some sad news today: Punchline Magazine is reporting that standup Mike DeStefano died of a heart attack last night.

DeStefano, who gained some mainstream success last year due to his final five stature in the most recent season of Last Comic Standing, was set to perform his one-man show A Cherry Tree in The Bronx on Wednesday at the Barrow Street Theater in New York City. He had just finished a run of sold-out shows, as he performed a similar show under the title Drugs, Disease and Death: A Comedy at the Producer’s Club Theater in New York.

For more on Mike's life, here's a link to his interview with Marc Maron on the WTF Podcast. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/becca_oneal Rebecca O'Neal

    That's really sad and surprising news.

  • JoshUng

    How sad. I remember when I saw him on Last Comic Standing, I thought, "I'm not going to like this guy" and I was pleasantly surprised. He ended up being one of my favorites

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Nosowitz/13600055 Dan Nosowitz

    Goddamn, that's awful. I saw him at Eugene Mirman's Sunday night thing at Union Hall a few months ago and he was incredible–had this amazing combination of ultra-tight delivery and writing and raw emotion, with this kind of "seen it all" mentality that was somehow optimistic. He was on a bill with Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, and Mike Birbiglia, and was without question the standout of the night–Eugene Mirman seemed in awe at the end of his set. Fuck! What a loss!

  • Hiphopopotamus

    Anyone whoever met Mike can tell you, you would be just absolutely shocked how this comic who was so crass, raw and aggressive on stage would step off stage and just become one of the nicest, friendliest guys I've come across in the business.

    Having had such a rough history to overcome, there was no one who was just so happy to be doing what he was doing, and making people smile. He was thankful for every opportunity he got, and me and my colleagues would go out of our way to work with him, just because he was the kind of guy that you just wanted to work with.

    The nicest 'mean guy' you'll ever meet.