Narconon joins the tribute for Mike Destafano, the comedian whose material was taken from his own recovery from heroin addiction. He was a counselor, working to bring relief to his fellow addicts through entertaining them. This etched the path that led him to his career in comedy.
Most of us in the field never met him, but we knew him. Thank goodness we still have his clips around, some of which can be seen by going to this article:
Mike DeStefano Dead; A Tribute to the ‘Recovery Comic’ [VIDEOS]
Mar 7, 2011 – 12:57 PM
“Mike DeStefano, whose recovery from heroin addiction fueled his no-holds-barred comedy, has died from a heart attack.
DeStefano, who was in his 40s, was born in the Bronx in New York, andaccording to his official bio, became a heroin user at the age of 15. Fifteen years later, he kicked his addiction and began working as a drug counselor. A spontaneous decision to entertain a crowd of fellow addicts turned into a full-fledged career in comedy.
In addition to his appearances on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “The Howard Stern Show” and “Comedy Central Presents,” DeStefano was a featured performer at HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Last year he competed on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” making it to the final five. His one-man show, “A Cherry Tree in the Bronx,” was scheduled for a one-night-only performance this week at New York’s Barrow Street Theater.
DeStefano also made over 100 appearances at recovery events and conventions, dubbing his work “recovery comedy.” In a 2010 interview with ComedyBeat, he said, “I think people really relate on a deep level to pain and suffering. … You don’t have to be a drug addict to know what that’s like. All the suffering that everyone has — every single human being — we all get sick, we lose people, we die.”’
Narconon doesn’t have any comedians on staff at present, but we have people who know how to have a good time and how to relate to others. Caring and relating are critical to any therapeutic community.
Narconon drug rehab using workable technology, engulfed by a therapeutic community is one of the best ways to get the clean life that DeStafano found for himself and wanted for others.