Please support this documentary about the life of one of our good friends, comedian and storyteller Mike DeStefano.

This past week on The Moth Radio Hour: Christian McBride, a jazz bassist, is put to the test by his idol, Freddie Hubbard; a down and out comic considers ending it all until the universe sends him an unlikely sign; and New York writer Adam Gopnik details his daughter’s cosmopolitan imaginary friend.

This past week on The Moth Radio Hour: Christian McBride, a jazz bassist, is put to the test by his idol, Freddie Hubbard; a down and out comic considers ending it all until the universe sends him an unlikely sign; and New York writer Adam Gopnik details his daughter’s cosmopolitan imaginary friend.

This past week on The Moth Radio Hour: the top editor of French “Vogue” rents a spooky flat in Paris, a man takes his ailing wife on a motorcycle ride, rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels confesses his Sarah McLachlan obsession, and a high schooler is put to the test when he comes out of the closet.
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This past week on The Moth Radio Hour: the top editor of French “Vogue” rents a spooky flat in Paris, a man takes his ailing wife on a motorcycle ride, rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels confesses his Sarah McLachlan obsession, and a high schooler is put to the test when he comes out of the closet.

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Mike DeStefano was a great friend of The Moth, and started his storyteller career here with one of the most heartbreaking, searing stories ever told on The Moth stage. When he died suddenly in March 2011, we could think of no greater tribute than posting this story.

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"When I was a kid I had a spark in me, yanno? Like I was always a happy kid, like I always had a bit of a flame going, and nothing could really knock it out."

Mike DeStefano - The Junkie and the Monk

"When I was a kid I had a spark in me, yanno? Like I was always a happy kid, like I always had a bit of a flame going, and nothing could really knock it out."

Mike DeStefano - The Junkie and the Monk


So this woman says to me - very sweet, darling - “Would you like to see the lama?” So I’m thinking it’s a fucking animal somewhere, like a sheep type of thing or whatever…

Spoiler alert: the woman did not mean the animal. 
Mike DeStefano tells us about meeting a Tibetan monk (aka a lama) during some of the worst days of his life.
[photo via wwarby on Flickr]

So this woman says to me - very sweet, darling - “Would you like to see the lama?” So I’m thinking it’s a fucking animal somewhere, like a sheep type of thing or whatever…

Spoiler alert: the woman did not mean the animal.

Mike DeStefano tells us about meeting a Tibetan monk (aka a lama) during some of the worst days of his life.

[photo via wwarby on Flickr]

This week’s video: After a series of devastating blows, a comedian decides to take his own life.

Waiting is hard.

Waiting is hard.