Brody Stevens, the stand-up comedian and actor, was found dead on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles. He was 48.
The cause of death has not been made public at this time.
“Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community. He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious,” Stevens’ representatives said in a statement. “He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”
Rising to popularity with his appearances on late night programs including “Late Night with Conan O’Brien, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Comedy Bang Bang!,” Stevens built a following with his “The Brody Stevens Experiment” podcast, which included interviews with his friends and commentary on his own life, and “Brode & Esther” that he co-hosted with Esther Povitsky and Brian Redban. He was also a frequent podcast guest, including on “The Adam Carolla Show,” “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Doug Benson’s “Doug Loves Sports” and “WTF With Marc Maron.”
Stevens also appeared in films such as “The Hangover,” “The Hangover Part 2,” and “Due Date.”
In 2011, Stevens starred in and produced a documentary comedy series for HBO called “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!” which was executive produced by Zach Galifianakis.
Born Steven James Brody on May 22, 1970 in the San Fernando Valley, the comedian used “818,” the area code associated with the Valley, as a part of his routine, in particular, his phrase “818 for life.”
On Thursday, Stevens tweeted that he was ready to get back on the festival circuit. On Wednesday, Stevens performed with a slew of comedians at the Comedy Store as part of the Best of the Store show.
I’m ready to get back on the festival circuit.
— Steven BRODY Stevens (@BrodyismeFriend) February 21, 2019
The comedian was remembered by his peers on Twitter when news of his death broke.
Fucking fuck. Brody Stevens. Ugh. What a unique talent he was. Just so sad. So so sad. I feel terrible.
— )))David Cross((( (@davidcrosss) February 22, 2019
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) February 22, 2019
I love you so much Brody Stevens. Nobody has been nicer in comedy than you. My heart is shattered. pic.twitter.com/sOl9PLpxsd
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) February 22, 2019
Nobody made me laugh harder than Brody Stevens and turns out nobody can make me cry harder either. You are my family.
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) February 22, 2019
Brody Stevens was singular. Nobody else like him.
Always sweet and kind.
Always super hilarious.
He said to me last year: “I heard there’s a gif of us fist-bumping. You know computers, link it to me!”.
— Jonah Ray Rodrigues (@jonahray) February 22, 2019
Another singular force of nature gone. RIP Brody Stevens.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) February 22, 2019
Hoping this news about Brody Stevens isn’t true. One of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and someone who was always incredibly kind to me when I was first entering the LA comedy scene back in the day. What a sad day.
— Peter Atencio (@Atencio) February 22, 2019
RIP Brody Stevens. Nobody else was like him, on or off stage. Seeing him was always a joy. We’ll miss you Brody.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) February 22, 2019
Just heard awful news about Brody Stevens. Ran into him at a Cubs game last season. Such a nice guy. REACH OUT if you need help and if you can #RIPBrodyStevens
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) February 22, 2019
Heart broken at the loss of my friend Brody Stevens. I remember meeting him at an open mic in NY. Unique voice. We lost another great. #RIPBrodyStevens ❤️ he brought me on stage one time and said “Nick Swardson, alternative comic, alternative lifestyle” pic.twitter.com/pBlPF47bE0
— Nick Swardson (@NickSwardson) February 22, 2019
So sad to hear of the passing of every comedians friend @brodyismefriend. Brody was a true eccentric. The embodiment of a comedian in his passion, anger and joy. I feel like the comedy community lost our mascot. Bye Brody. It was an honor to know you and see you do your thing
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) February 22, 2019
i’m so sorry but i just spoke to brody’s manager and it is true that brody stevens is gone.
i love you all and i’m sorry this is happening. there will never be another.
— Esther Povitsky (@littleesther) February 22, 2019
It feels so pathetic to do this on twitter but i don't know where else to. This is so sad , a real loss of a strange and genuine talent and sweet man. fuck im knocked for a loop. Brody Stevens was one of a kind.
— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) February 22, 2019
RIP to Brody Stevens. Truly the funniest, sweetest most unique soul any of us were lucky enough to be friends with. #818
This is unbelievable.
— Kevin Christy (@kevingchristy) February 22, 2019
Brody Stevens ~ Such a funny man. Such a good man. We need you and your comedy. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Loved Brody. Rest In Peace kind soul. @BrodyismeFriend
— bob saget (@bobsaget) 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
#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
RIP to truly one of the best stand-ups, Steven Brody Stevens. You might not know of Brody, but he likely had an influence on your favorite comic. This was my favorite thing he did: https://t.co/2Ffiq3fD12
— Nikki Glaser (@NikkiGlaser) February 22, 2019
Brody Stevens. This is so heartbreaking. The first time I saw him perform I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face. Very few comedians have surprised me and delighted me the way he did.
— Sara Schaefer (@saraschaefer1) February 22, 2019
Brody Stevens was unbelievable. So funny, unique, special, inspiring.
— Jake Weisman (@weismanjake) February 22, 2019
Everyone loved Brody Stevens.
— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) February 22, 2019
He made me laugh every time I saw him perform. I can’t believe he’s gone.
RIP Brody Stevens
818 Legend pic.twitter.com/7GvQOF8q80
— Eddie Della Siepe (@EddieDellaSiepe) February 22, 2019