“818 Til I Die”
Comedian Brody Stevens has left us. The comedian and all-around ball of energy is dead at 48 of an apparent suicide. Reports are that the comedian was found shortly before 1pm PT in his apartment unconscious from a hanging. As of the time of this writing not too many details about his death are known but Stevens has been fairly open about suffering from depression which hospitalized him in 2011 and a topic covered on his TV show, Enjoy It.
A recent social media check-in from the comedian was via periscope where he mentioned he was struggling a bit and had just started Lexapro for depression and was getting adjusted to it.
Stevens was a regular in the LA comedy scene, done plenty of late night TV spots, a Comedy Central half hour, and The Hangover movies. On more than a few occasions we saw Brody serving as the audience warm-up act for TV show. He also had his own TV show on Comedy Central Enjoy It which was executive produced by Zach Galifianakis and a Seeso stand-up special.
Once the news broke, the comedy community cam out to show much love for Stevens who was a uniquely funny and spirited person with a lot of positive energy. In fact, 3 different hashtags were trending at one point from all those checking in and sharing stories, including his #818forlife which is a play on the phrase, “818 Til I Die” which Stevens would often announce to crowds about living in the San Fernando Valley.
Rest easy Steven Brody Stevens. 818 Til Today.
UPDATE: Friends of Brody Stevens are putting on a benefit show at The Comedy Store on March 5th to raise money for Brody’s family. Tickets can be purchased on The Store’s website. If you aren’t going to be in the Los Angeles area and still would like to contribute to the cause, there is a GoFundMe Page where you can donate to the cause.
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
For people who don’t know Brody: most comics have seen so much comedy they go numb and don’t get to have deep belly laughs the same way most people can. Brody could make numb comics belly laugh. It was such a gift. He was a gift. #818forlife
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) February 23, 2019
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) February 22, 2019
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
Brody and I were neighbors. We’d run into each other all the time at our Starbucks. My daughters would see him and say in his cadence to me, “Dad, BRODY STEVENS!” I’m really sad. I gonna miss him so much. pic.twitter.com/D1kfLdhyMv
— bert kreischer (@bertkreischer) February 23, 2019
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
#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