Punchline is reporting today that Mike DeStefano, the rough-and-tumble but big-hearted Bronx comic — who you may have come to know about via his stint on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, or via an interview I did with him about comedy and Buddhism on Shambhala SunSpace — has died.
Mike was just enjoying attention surrounding his new one-man show, and he and I were hoping to talk about that soon for SunSpace. How sad to lose him; he had so much to give and really was committed to it. Condolences to all of his many friends and family.
More: Punchline on Mike’s death | Shambhala Sun Audio: A foul-mouthed bodhisattva from the Bronx: An interview with “Last Comic Standing” audience favorite Mike DeStefano (Text and audio) | Mike DeStefano: Last Comic Standing’s Buddhist voice