It’s been three years since the passing of the extremely talented and on-the-rise comedian Mike DeStefano. The abrasively hilarious comedian, who was HIV positive and overcame a severe drug addiction, died of a heart attack in March 2011. He was about to launch his one-man show A Cherry Tree in The Bronx after accumulating some mainstream success as a finalist on Last Comic Standing. Now director and producer Frank Mosca wants to immortalize the late comic in a full length documentary.
Mosca had already been filming DeStefano for a few years before his passing and will use never-before-seen footage of the comedian. “Mike had a purpose,” he writes on the project’s Kickstarter page. “Mike dedicated his life to making people laugh and helping addicts through recovery. [He had] a no holds barred personality that was rough and scary on the outside, but a loving practicing Buddhist heart inside.”
Mosca wants to raise $75,000 for the film, which will also feature interviews from family, friends, and A-list comedians who were close to Mike. “Me and my family are working with Frank and others to get this film done,” Mike’s brother Joe DeStefano tells Laughspin. “Mikey’s story is one that needs to be told for so many reasons.” The project has until the evening of May 5 to reach its goal.
Check out the pitch video below.