Franny’s Last Ride. A beautiful Story.

Comedian Mike DeStefano was still on the rise as a comedian when he died of a heart attack at 44 in March 2011. He wasn’t always the funniest, but there was something direct and heartfelt about him and you could feel the weight of his personal life experiences . At the Comedy Arts Festival in 2007 in Aspen, Colorado, he told one of his most searingly beautiful stories. The audience wept… (thank you Mike Greenwald)

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26 Responses to “Franny’s Last Ride. A beautiful Story.”


  1. 1 Shifter Dec 29th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    So beautiful, so sad,

  2. 2 Dave Blevins Dec 29th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Very moving story.

  3. 3 steveb Dec 29th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    beautiful, memorable, a reminder of what is most important

  4. 4 Rob Campbell Dec 29th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for posting this Cyril. Puts a lot in perspective.

  5. 5 CafeSportyTC Dec 29th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    good story…

  6. 6 burnout Dec 29th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    wow. peace

  7. 7 Jeff Nicklus Dec 29th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    It makes you stop and do some serious reflection, doesn’t it?

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  8. 8 just my opinion Dec 29th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Really puts things into perspective.

  9. 9 TodT Dec 29th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Hopefully he and Franny are riding together again……

  10. 10 A 1 CYCLES Dec 29th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    HE WAS ONE OF MY CUSTOMERS, HERE IN WEST PALM, BUILT HIM A COOL BLACKED OUT DYNA..HE PICKED IT UP TWO WEEKS LATER HE DIED,,HE ENJOYED HIS DYNA THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF HIS LIFE..IT WAS HIS DREAM BIKE..RIDE ON MIKEY! GOD SPEED.

  11. 11 Chris A Dec 29th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Glad I got to meet a Amaizing man ride on mike!! U and ur white passenger bicycle pegs… Lol

  12. 12 Andy Barclay Dec 29th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    What a touching story. Thank you CH for posting this video.

  13. 13 Q-Ball Dec 30th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Worth the pain of watching. RIP. Long May You Ride.

  14. 14 Larry R Dec 30th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Beautiful, moving story. RIP Stephan and Franny. Thank you , Cyril.

  15. 15 bigitch Dec 30th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    so your at a comedy arts festival and the comedian gets up and tells a depressing tear jerk story. talk about a buzz kill.

    what a downer that would be. if i wanted to be depressed i’d take some reds with my whiskey.

    and we are suppose to be interested in this because he used a harley in the story. call me cold hearted but if i had been there i would have walked out or booed him off the stage.

    if he had issues he should have talked to Dr. Drew.

  16. 16 Olive Oil Dec 30th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you Cyril very sad story on addiction. Thank you Taliban for the continuing harvests of Opium and ruining the lives of countless people in this world.

  17. 17 Freedomlaw Dec 30th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I have been in recovery for 29 and 1/2 years and that story is one of the most beautiful stories of addiction and recovery I have ever heard. As usual, thank you Cyril.

  18. 18 Kemper Dec 30th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Bigitch. Shame on you for what you wrote. Go to itch yourself.

  19. 19 mack Dec 30th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Its been said many times: ” if ihave to explain it …you wouldn’t understand “Thanks Cyril. It’d puts everything in prospective ….

  20. 20 Cris Sommer-Simmons Dec 31st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Everyone should watch this. Everyday is a gift.

  21. 21 hk Jan 1st, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    whats the matter BIGITCH , too much reality for ya ?

    Why even bother writing that garbage ,are you that bored with lilfe ?

  22. 22 Paul Holdsworth Jan 2nd, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    What love and motorcycles are all about.
    That was a very worthwhile 11 minutes
    Tnx Cyril

  23. 23 bigitch Jan 2nd, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    hk
    remember those commericals where the question would be asked
    are you a doctor?
    and the guy would say no… but i stayed at a holiday inn

    same thing
    my girl was sick, but we rode a harley…
    if he had never mentioned harley this would have never been seen on this blog!

  24. 24 NutCracker Jan 2nd, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    What a love story. Thanks for sharing Cyril. Glad to see most of the guys who posted here are cool enough to appreciate the moment and understand the pain in Mike’s life. Of course there will always be a tough guy like bigitch who wants to kick a guy when he’s down. Fahk faces like him usually don’t own a set of grapes big enough to deal with Mike’s experience. RIP Mike..

  25. 25 Gary Jan 2nd, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Bigitch. What you say in your 2 comments about this video/story is quite dumb. Because it involves a motorcycle is the reason why Cyril published it, but also because it’s a beautiful love story. You must not have lived any for not understanding the message.Sad for you.

  26. 26 The Supreme Team Jan 3rd, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Great story. Truly an inspiring story to hear two people fight through their demons to get well and if their first Harley ride together was the swan song, then it’s a beautiful way to go.

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