Comedian Costa Carastavrakis has proved that comedy is definitely a form of therapy as he uses his gift of story telling, punch lines and humour as a way to address the many adversities he has overcome being a gay, South African, Greek man who turned to substance abuse as a way to cope with identity issues, bullying and prejudice.
Being a very open and transparent person, he wrote about his life in his book ‘I Am Costa: From Meth To Marathons’, in which he details turning his life around from alcohol and drugs, and making a comeback as a published author and now a stand-up comedian. 

He also turned to comedy as a way of healing and first appeared on stage at the New York Gotham Comedy Club in 2014 where he trained under Stephen Rosenfeld of the American Comedy institute.  Since then he has performed all over Johannesburg and in Malaysia last year.

He will be live on stage at the Theatre on the Square, Sandton from Wednesday, 12 July to Sunday 16 July 2023 for six shows titled ‘Desperately Seeking Souvlaki’.
Written and performed by Costa Carastavrakis and directed by Renos Spanoudes, ‘Desperately Seeking Souvlaki’ is a stand-up South African Greek comedy feast about a Greek man’s odyssey to finding his identity.

He spoke to Bronwen Kerry about his dark past, how he overcame addiction, his start in comedy and SO MUCH MORE. Listen to the full interview here:

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