Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48
The comic, well known in the Los Angeles comedy community, died Friday.
Brody Stevens, a well-known comic in the Los Angeles comedy community, died Friday, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 48.
According to Fox News, the cause of death was an apparent suicide.
Stevens was known for his positive and high-energy sets, and warm-up acts for shows around the city, including Chelsea Lately and Chris Hardwick's @midnight. As an actor, he appeared in The Hangover and Due Date and on Nick Kroll's Kroll Show. He also toplined a Comedy Central series in 2013 called Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!
Fellow comedians on Friday tweeted their love for their fellow comic. Director Adam McKay, Whitney Cummings, Kumail Nanjiani, Ike Barinholtz, Nick Swardson, Doug Stanhope, David Cross, Adam Scott, Dane Cook, Kathy Griffin, Maria Bamford and Marc Maron all paid tribute to the "comedy legend."
Stevens' reps issued a statement on Friday afternoon calling the late comic "an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community." The statement continued: "He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious. He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time."
Bob Saget tweeted, "Brody Stevens ~ Such a funny man. Such a good man. We need you and your comedy. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Loved Brody. Rest In Peace kind soul."
Patton Oswalt tweeted a message of concern for individuals suffering from depression. "If you are depressed or feeling suicidal please please please please please reach out to ANYONE. I never get to see Brody Stevens again I can’t stand this."
Jamie Kennedy tweeted, "If people don't understand what comedy is, look no further than Brody Stevens. Brilliant mind, beautiful soul, emphathetic heart. A comedian in every sense of the word. He just couldn't conquer his demons. Mental illness is no joke."
Tom Green also tweeted a reaction to Brody's passing: "Very saddened to hear abut the death of my friend, the hilarious stand up comic, Steven Brody Stevens. A frequent guest on my talk shows and mainstay on the Hollywood stand up scene. Rest in peace, @Brodyismyfriend. You are a legend. Make em laugh up there."
On Instagram, Joe Rogan wrote, "The comedy community has lost one of its funniest, kindest people today. @brodyismyfriend, I will miss you terribly."
Ed Helms also tweeted a tribute: "Brody Stevens has made me cry with laughter so many times. Can't believe he's gone. A truly marvelous and brilliant human being."
Stevens was a regular at L.A. comedy clubs, including The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory, both of which posted tributes to the late comedian online.
Thank you Brody for sharing your Comedy and positive energy with us for so many years. You made late nights so much fun, pushing boundaries, being different, and never doing the same show twice. Joke writing, crowd work, drums, baseball. We love you forever Brody. #brodystevens pic.twitter.com/IYvo0wmWrt— The Comedy Store (@TheComedyStore) February 22, 2019
Feb. 22, 8:12 p.m. Updated to give apparent cause of death.
Feb. 22, 10:01 p.m. Updated with additional tributes.