Standup comedian Brody Stevens' big screen credits (as he's quick to tell you) include
The series, which premieres on
While the series is not afraid to delve into the darker parts of Stevens' life and past, it also mixes in the usual comedian shtick, making for what Comedy Central describes as the network's first dramedy series.
Stevens, who also works as the warm-up guy for Comedy Central's late-night series "@midnight," recently spoke about the show and his career.
How much of "Enjoy It!" straight documentary and how much of it is you playing a part?
I'm not going to say 50/50 but there are definite documentary moments we show. A handful of times, I schticked it up. I was in "Brody" mode. And there are other moments where I'm just talking and I'm real. There's no script. There are a few times where I knew I needed to hit certain points, like my standup or something. For the most part, it was real. In the last episode, I really did "Conan." That wasn't staged.
And your stay in the hospital was real?
I'll never let you know. Yeah, it was real. Kind of funny. People are probably going to think it's staged. I'm getting that now. As far as I know, it was real. It happened. I was there. When I got kicked out of
Is it a different feeling to see your troubled moments play out on video as opposed to relating it on stage?
Yeah. When I first saw it, the [manic] phone messages were kind of hard to hear. The footage of me going nuts was hard, but not as hard as the phone messages. You could really see the ups and downs of
It's obvious from watching the show that your friends, including Jen Kirkman and Zach Galifianakis, really care for you and fear for you. Did you realize how much they cared before your breakdown?
It was suprising, because I didn't realize I had that kind of support. I don't know how I would react if my friend lost it. Jen has been a friend since 1997 back in New York. She's always had good energy. Everyone's damaged a little bit and I know they care about me, but sometimes I have -- it's kind of weird having somebody care about you. Sometimes it gets in the way. I'm glad people care. Thank you for caring. But sometimes, too much. I've got to breathe. At the end of the day, if I fall down, there are people there to pick me up. Like Zach or Jen. I don't even care about Zach's comedy career. I knew him before all that stuff, before he became huge. I always knew he had my back.
Who has final say about what stays in the series and what goes out?
It's a collaborative effort. I consider myself the Louis CK of the West Coast. That's a joke. I don't have final say. I'm OK with that, even though my name's on it. I get my chance. I definitely get to say whether I like something or not. There are certain things in there that make me cringe and we discuss it. A lot of times, they'll say "Brody, it's not a big deal. Nobody notices. I think it's funny." Sometimes, it just takes a couple guys saying that before I say "You know what? You're right."
You do warmup for "@midnight." Would you stick with the show now that it's been picked up for 40 weeks?
I would. I'm a warmup. Give me a gig, I'll work scale. I'm a comedian and you say, "Brody, come down, do an hour show, you get paid. You get mic time." Fun. It's like yeah, I'll do it. I'm still a warmup at heart. If there was demand for me to go on the road, I'd do that. But I love warmup. Molding the audience. I think they're going to offer me the gig. I feel, honestly, good to be part of the ["@midnight"] family. I don't want to do a hell gig. And I haven't done any of those for years.
What's a hell gig?
When you're dealing with a bottom of the barrel -- I hate to say it -- paid audience. These people, this is their life. They live their life being a professional audience member, as opposed to someone who's really a fan of the show. Go to a show where it's a four-hour taping. Trying to get them to clap and then do improv with them is kind of hard. It's a hell gig. I'm afraid to do a sitcom. I'd only do it for my friends, like Alec Sulkin over at "Dads." At CBS, if I was to do one of those, I'd have to play it right down the middle. I'm the comedy guy, give me a comedy show with up-to-date comedians, I'll crank it. That's what I like to do.