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Drugs, Disease, Death, A Comedy with Mike DeStefano is a film that takes us on a journey through the life and legacy of Comedian Mike D Read more

Bronx, NY Documentary
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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on April 21, 2014.

Drugs, Disease, Death, A Comedy with Mike DeStefano is a film that takes us on a journey through the life and legacy of Comedian Mike D

Bronx, NY Documentary
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THE MIKE DESTEFANO DOCUMENTY

Who is Mike DeStefano? Some knew him as the comedian that cursed out the country on Last Comic Standing, some knew him as the fearless comedian that earned the respect of his peers, and others knew him as a friend and a hero within the recovery community.

Mike D was best known for turning his tragedies into triumphs. He dug into the heart of issues most avoid and exposed them with both comic relief and philosophical lecture.

Mike dedicated his life to making people laugh and helping addicts through recovery.  A no holds barred personality that was rough and scary on the outside, but a loving practicing Buddhist heart inside. Those that knew him, loved him.

Mike had a purpose, a message that he wanted to share. All leading to a destiny that is still paying it forward today. This documentary will showcase Mike’s life, his journey and plight through interviews from family, friends, fellow comedians, and all those he touched in the recovery community, mixed with never before seen footage of Mike.

This film is about a man who moved mountains to help strangers free themselves from the same shackles that once kept him down. Take a step inside Mike's life and come out of the experience enlightened.

Risks and challenges

With any and all productions there exists risks, but with this documentary there are very few. We have the exclusive permission to go ahead with this project and already sit on hours and hours of footage including Mike's stand up routines, sketch comedy, and personal interviews. The biggest challenge is working around the "star" comedians schedule's. We already have commitments from many A-list talent that knew and loved Mike, now we just have to get them on a day that they are not so busy. We promise to maximize every dollar gained through Kickstarter to its fullest potential. We promise to finish this project with the passion in which it was conceived.

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    COMEDY PACKAGE: Special Thanks, all digital downloads, Physical DVD's of film/downloadable material, A copy of "Badda Bing, Badda Buddha", "OK Karma" CD, Lobby Card, Official T-Shirt, Exclusive Bonus Featurette of unseen footage from the final movie.Official Poster, BTS "Making of", Printed Photo Book with Production Notes, DVD copy of the Mike D Tribute Show, Dinner for (2) at The Stand Comedy Club in NYC, a sit down consultation on your comedy set/ideas with an established comedian.

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    Executive Producer credit, Invite to all festivals and screenings(travel not included), VIP Status at The Stand Comedy Club in NYC

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Funding period

- (60 days)