The comedy world lost beloved comedian Brody Stevens last month. The cut-out-of-Funny People star inspired many with his unique blend of weirdness on stage and his sincerity off of it.
People close to Stevens got some permanent ink to keep his memory visibly alive each day. Comedian Eric Oligny, fan Janet Owen, Laughspin intern Mary Stevens, and fan Monica got Brody Stevens tattoos at the Shamrock Social Club in West Hollywood last week. Mary Stevens is not related to the comic’s comic but became a close friend over the years through the LA comedy scene.
Brody Stevens tattoos pay tribute to fallen star
Mary Stevens got an 818 tattoo. Brody Stevens was very vocal about his 818 area code pride. The 1 is a drumstick, for his love of drumming, and the 8s are infinity symbols. “Brody is one of the most influential people in my life,” she told Laughspin. “I will always remember his silliness, kindness, love of the Valley, and of course, his amazing drumming skills.”
Janet Owens’s tattoo alludes to a classic Brody Stevens joke. “I’m intense! I get B.O. in the shower!” To her, the tattoo symbolizes that “connections matter” and she “was happy to have felt that.”
Monica, a big fan of the comic, put “#Coach” on her wrist. Stevens loved his hashtags and was “like a life coach” to many. Oligny, who also produced the Steven Brody Stevens Festival of Friendship podcast, chose to immortalize a comment Stevens made to him once. His chest now sports, “‘You’re in the big leagues now’ -SBS.”
Comedy community continues to mourn Brody Stevens death
Stevens hanged himself in his home on February 22. He was 48. The stand-up openly discussed his struggles with mental health and bipolar disorder. The comedy community quickly swarmed to honor Stevens’s memory and remember the countless good times they shared with him.
Since the comedian-actor’s death, several memorial stand-up shows and services have taken place in Los Angeles. The comedian-owned-and-operated All Things Comedy network gave his podcast a proper send off by live streaming a final episode of Festival of Friendship “pushing positivity.” A GoFundMe page was started for the Brody Stevens’ “Believe It” Fund and has raised over $15,000 as of this writing. The fund is meant to “honor” his memory and raise money “to bring awareness to mental illness and suicide prevention.” All proceeds will go to The National Alliance of Mental Illness.
The Brody tributes reached national levels, too. Leslie Jones wore a Brody Stevens t-shirt during the curtain call on Saturday’s SNL. His smiling face covered the front of the shirt. The back simply read, “Push & Believe.”
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) March 11, 2019
Even the Chicago Cubs wore t-shirts saying ‘Brody’ and ‘#positivepush’ on the front during spring training workouts. Stevens was a big fan of the baseball club.
— Kevin Christy (@kevingchristy) February 25, 2019
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Memorial service will stream on Periscope
A private memorial service will take place today for those close to one of comedy’s most unique voices. Since he was the “Prince of Periscope,” the @roastbattle and @redban accounts will live stream the event today around 7:00 p.m. PST.
As one commenter on the GoFundMe page said, “There could only be one Brody Stevens.”
Feature Photo Credit: Kyle Parks