Comedian Brody Stevens was found dead Friday afternoon in Los Angeles. Police are investigating the cause of death as suicide by hanging. He was 48.
The well-liked comic was found shortly before 1:00 p.m. The Blast reported that Stevens had told friends that he took himself off his medications amid worries that they were dulling his creativity.
The Chelsea Lately panelist spoke about his struggles with mental health in the past, even appearing on Paul Gilmartin’s Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast, but the suicide was a shock to the comedy community. After posting another episode of his Festival of Friendship podcast earlier this week, Stevens tweeted a seemingly optimistic message. “I’m ready to get back on the festival circuit.”
I’m ready to get back on the festival circuit.
— Steven BRODY Stevens (@BrodyismeFriend) February 21, 2019
Brody Stevens death tragic end to storied career
Stevens was a beloved member of the comedy community in Los Angeles—and nationwide. In LA, he frequently closed out shows at The Comedy Store, extending his goofy energy past the time usually allotted to comics no matter how many people were still left in the crowd at wee hours of the morning.
The stand-up veteran had a very accomplished acting career and seemed to celebrate his most fun roles. A close friend tells Laughspin, “He was so proud of being in The Hangover—he would tell everybody. He’d also jokingly remind people he was cut out of Funny People.” In addition to appearances on seemingly every Comedy Central sketch show, Stevens co-created his own Comedy Central series, Enjoy It!, with pal Zach Galifianakis.
Comics mourn Brody Stevens’s sudden death
Comedians big and small were devastated to discover the news of his death. John Roy shared a story on Twitter about a horrendous industry show at the Laugh Factory where no one was getting laughs. “Industry crowds are notoriously bad anyway,” he tweeted. “Comics upstairs were whispering, ’This crowd is impossible. No one can get a laugh here.”
“Brody goes up to a mix of silence and perfunctory weak claps. He plants his feet, makes direct eye contact with the most bored looking agent in the front row…”You think I’m intimidated by an industry crowd…I hip pocket YOU[!]” He killed.
Nick Kroll shared, “#RIPBrodyStevens he was so funny and weird and vulnerable and wild and kind. Every time he was onstage it was an adventure.”
#RIPBrodyStevens he was so funny and weird and vulnerable and wild and kind. Every time he was onstage it was an adventure. Here’s some comics talking about what made him so special. https://t.co/wbUNaZgJ2f
— nick kroll (@nickkroll) February 22, 2019
Doug Stanhope tweeted, “Brody Stevens was and always will be comedy legend. RIP.”
Brody Stevens was and always will be comedy legend. RIP.
“But I could have told you, Vincent/This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you” Don Mclean
— Doug Stanhope (@DougStanhope) February 22, 2019
Patton Oswalt reminded his followers to reach out for help if they are ever feeling suicidal. We at Laughspin encourage the same. The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.
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. #RIPBrodyStevens #818ForLife pic.twitter.com/n1jQhXdOIz
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 22, 2019
These are just a few of many initial reactions being shared on social media. However, Kristen Schaal probably said it best: Everyone loved Brody Stevens.
Everyone loved Brody Stevens.
— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) February 22, 2019