Comedian Brody Stevens is funny, but he doesn’t tell much in the way of jokes. When he’s onstage, Stevens is more apt to yell at the audience about “positive energy,” his acting résumé, or how he still reps his hometown (“818 till I die!” he often shouts, calling out San Fernando Valley, Calif.). His surreal, narcissistic act makes him one of comedy’s most intriguing — and unpredictable — voices.
‘Enjoy It!’ (Or Not)
Stevens’ 12-episode Comedy Central series, “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!,” was a strange melding of reality TV and pitch-black comedy, though it’s unclear which parts are real and which are scripted. The series (which aired last fall and was expanded from a batch of HBO Go shorts) follows Stevens as he recovers from a psychotic break spurred by an infamous Twitter outburst in 2011. Cameras track Stevens, newly diagnosed as bipolar, as his manages his mania, does stand-up on “Conan” and hangs out with best friend (and series producer) Zach Galifianakis in what is Comedy Central’s most dramatic series yet.
A Role Player
Stevens and Galifianakis go way back, with the latter helping Stevens get bit parts in the first two “Hangover” movies and “Due Date” (facts Stevens likes to reiterate whenever he’s onstage). Stevens is also one of the most experienced warm-up comedians in the game, with stints amping up the audiences of “The Man Show,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness,” and, most recently, Chris Hardwick’s “@Midnight.”
The Head Oddball
Last summer, Stevens hosted the second stage on Funny or Die’s Oddball comedy tour — the one that brought Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords to outdoor amphitheaters across the country (but sadly, not D.C.). This year, he’s headlining the pre-Oddball Road 2 Oddball comedy club tour (along with “Who Charted” podcast host Howard Kremer and Adam Cayton-Holland), which stops at the D.C. Improv on Thursday. If you go, you better enjoy it — that’s what Stevens will say.
DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW; Thu., 8 p.m., $15; 202-296-7008. (Farragut North)