Los Angeles declares 8/18 Brody Stevens Day in honor of late comedian
The City of Los Angeles declared Brody Stevens Day on Aug. 18 (8/18) in honor of the late comedian, who hails from the San Fernando Valley and spoke frequently about his hometown on stage. He would use the phrase “818 until I die!” Which was a reference to the valley area code.
“Brody loved our community and he had such a positive impact on so many people,” said council member Bob Blumenfield, who represents the 3rd council district and led the comedian’s memorial ceremony. “It’s really special to be joined by family and friends to name ‘818 Day’ after Brody, a proud West Valley native and one of the best comedians of his generation.”
The comic was a staple of the LA comedy scene and had many TV and movie credits on its resume, including “The Hangover”, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “Tosh.O” and “Comedy Bang!” Snap! “
Stevens and his friend Zach Galifianakis produced “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! which was a Comedy Central documentary series about Stevens’ return to normal life after being released from a mental hospital. In the various episodes, he stops taking his meds and has a manic episode, he apologizes to Chelsea Handler for getting angry and quitting his job on his show, and visits a hypnotherapist to overcome his facial dysmorphia. .
Stevens died in his Valley Village home in 2019; the cause of death was suicide by hanging. He was 48 years old.
Friends and family, including Stevens’ mother, Jackie and sister Stephanie, as well as comedians Jeff Ross and Benji aflalo, gathered at Reseda Park on 08/18 to honor his life and unveil Brody’s Bench.
“Lightness and laughter are so important that even though Brody is gone, his message, his cadence, makes things easier.
A press release from the Blumenfield office quoted Ross as saying, “We’ve been going through a very lonely time for the past year and a half, so Brody’s message of positive energy is really resonating right now. Lightness and laughter are so important that even though Brody is gone, his message, his cadence, makes it easier. It’s amazing that Brody can lift me up, get me out of bed and bring people together.
Stevens, who was a huge baseball fan and even pitched for Arizona State University during his college career, was loved and admired in the comedy circle for his quirky humor and thoughtful attitude towards others.
Jay Karas, director and comedy producer, said, “Brody was a force of nature. He was incredibly funny, and it was evident in the countless times I saw him play, that he was truly living in the moment. He was his own race, a comedic killer and a caring soul. And I miss seeing him in the world.
Actor Tom segura echoed those sentiments in a comment to the Journal, “He had unmatched energy in his sets and it didn’t matter where we were – if Brody was on stage, I was still watching. He didn’t look like anyone else, which is rare. He berated members of the audience in a way I had never seen before. And it was always a pleasure to see someone see it for the first time. He was the sweetest soul.
Stevens was intense and insanely hilarious, whether he was performing on stage or warming up before the show, but he was also kind and generous, especially to emerging comics, which has been noted by all of the comics. comics with which the Journal spoke. .
Aflalo recalled meeting Stevens when he was a ‘doorman and phone guy at the Comedy Store,’ who is used to hiring young comedians, who then have the added benefit of being able to watch great. actors on stage. “Stevens has been the most inspiring for me,” Aflalo said. “I always felt like he captured every aspect of comedy… He was emotional on stage, he was full of information… He was always hype, he always used emotion , never dropping the ball. “When he prepared the audience,” he took a crowd of the most listless people “and he” put them in a frenzy and brought any room to life. “
“Brody was one of the few people who could step into both worlds and not only do well, but be welcomed with open arms and appreciated. . . he was cherished by the whole community, which was difficult to do.
“I love and miss the guy,” said Aflalo, who also commented on Stevens’ unique ability to connect with different worlds in the comedy scene. In LA, for example, there are “club comics and eastern comics that would do Silverlake or Largo shows.” Brody was one of the few people who could step into both worlds and not only do well, but be welcomed with open arms and appreciated. . . he was cherished by the whole community, which was difficult to do.
Actor Erica Rhodes, who played with Stevens at clubs around LA, said he was kind and supported everyone, including the new comics.
“He was a gentle and sensitive soul. I loved watching him crush the latest Comedy Store shows for 15 hysterical people. I absolutely loved his comedy and think he deserves a whole week Brody, but I’m glad he had a day.
Although Stevens was not religious, he often referred to his Jewish identity, whether jokingly referring to a “Hebrew Christian” on Marc Maron’s podcast, or calling himself and his family , who came from Arizona and New Mexico, “pioneer Jews of the Southwest.”
“He wore his Jewess on his sleeve,” said Aflalo, “and took it wherever he went.”
Another comedian who fondly remembers Stevens is Matty Goldberg, who knew him in New York and LA. “Brody was the closest thing my generation was to Andy Kaufman,” he said. “He would do funny and weird stuff. He would play drums in videos or tweet about something political and then write, “I wrote this alone in a Pizza Hut in the Valley. It was funny but there was a lot of pain. You could tell he was a lonely guy.
Goldberg continued, “Everyone was doing comedy in a way, and Brody was totally off the beaten track and he got this crazy cult for it. He was a comedy genius. He really was.