The comedy community received tragic news on Friday when The Blast confirmed that comedian Brody Stevens has passed away from a reported suicide. Over the course of his prolific career, Stevens, 48, appeared on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, Adventure Time, Tosh.0, Childrens Hospital, Fox NFL Sunday, Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Burn with Jeff Ross, Kroll Show, @midnight, Chelsea Lately, Conan, Premium Blend, and dozens of other shows. His movie appearances include, as he described, “Hangover: In it. Hangover 2: In it. Funny People: cut out of it.”
Stevens was an unpredictable force of nature able to command a packed club, bar show, or, most difficult of all, a TV warm-up audience, with weirdly whimsical ease. In 2011 Stevens produced and starred in a documentary series about himself for HBO and Comedy Central entitled Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! Equally a comedy show and an examination of what it’s like to be an artist struggling with mental health, Enjoy It is a powerful program. Watching it now, in light of his passing, makes it difficult to enjoy.
Brody Stevens was also a star athlete in high school and college, attending Arizona State on a Division 1 baseball scholarship. Even after an elbow injury ended his baseball career Stevens’ love of the game was an iconic part of his personality. On Enjoy It Stevens visited Fenway Park to soak in the energy before filming his Comedy Central Half Hour.
His peers have taken to Twitter to share their memories and eulogies.
Finally, here’s a story from John Roy, that sums up Stevens as a performer.
Rest in peace Brody Stevens. The 818 and all of comedy is mourning you.
John-Michael Bond is Paste’s assistant comedy editor. He’s on Twitter @BondJohnBond.