Breakdown!

  • Season 1, Ep 2
  • 12/02/2013

Brody stops taking his meds cold turkey, which leads to a manic episode that lands him in the UCLA psych ward.

He used to be funnyand kind of strange.

And it was always just funny.

Then it just became strangewithout the funny part.

He started cursing a bunch.

He was always kindof against that.

Because he used to say, insteadof [BLEEP] he used to say fudge.

And that was the funny thingis that he would--

A grown man substituting thesethings an 11-year-old would do.

And he was tweeting a lot.

So then he wentand started acting out.

He was cutting off relationshipswith Zach and with CAA,his agency.

Could see him saying thesepeople are dead to me, or--

and there were violenttones to it.

The concern started to happenwhen really a few weeks later...

we were allat Sarah Silverman's party.

And I mean, it's a huge party,it's on the rooftop.

There's more than100 people there.

The big night where he raninto a lot of celebrities...

and a lot of people,and a lot of his friends.

I was the host, so I waseither welcoming people...

or saying goodbye to people.

People kept coming up to me andsaying, "Brody is acting crazy."

And I was like, "Yeah."

No, no, no, he's corneringpeople, and just liketalking at them.

And I go, "Yeah, you know Brody,don't you?"

You know, Brody isn't scary,he's like intense and he yells.

But it's never scary,this was scary.

It was frightening at thatparty, how kind of manic he was.

Gone, there was nothingbehind his eyes.

It was like he was saying,"The world is gonna end.

"We need to get batteries,water."

But instead, he was going,"I am a star, I have this.

"I've done HBO,I have Harvey Levin."

"And I have a million dollardeal, a million dollar deal,I'm gonna be rich Monday."

Do you have a dealthat's going through?

"That doesn't mat--Howard Stern wants me,everybody wants me."

And-- and then TMZ--

TMZ.TMZ.

TMZ.I host TMZ.

He kept saying TMZ, becauseI guess he guest hosted it andhe was very excited about that.

the opportunity to help me...

but he didn't believe in me,he didn't get it.

I couldn't watch anymore.

It was really just likedisturbing to me.

But I believe so muchin what I'm doing right now...

that this has to be done.

I'm a comedian and I'mrespected, ask anyone.

New York, LA, Seattle, Calgary.

I did an open mic in Bangkok,[BLEEP] you.

I'm in control, you're lookingat the hottest video right now.

I run Hollywood.

You know, we talked and we said,"What, do we just bum rush him?

"Throw him in a carand take him to a hospital?

That's not gonna work,he's just gonna walk out.

Because when you triedto reason with him--

His reasoning facultieswere completely gone.

In touch with his mom, as well,to monitor this...

and get her supportfor whatever was gonna happen.

I got a call from his manager,somebody that knew him well...

and said that he had beenacting sort of strange.

They said they were gonna tryand get him in to see somebody.

I called a doctorwho I'd never met.

She said you haveto call the cops.

I was going to that Starbucks...

and I was like that lookslike Brody...

and then I saw two guyswith cell phones?

I was like thisis a joke, right?

And then I looked downand his handcuffs were on.

But again, he likesto take it to the limit...

so I'm like maybe he hadthem put the handcuffson him as a joke...

and then I was like this--no, something's wrong.

He charmed the copsout of not arresting him.

By talking about his credits.

Hangover 1, Hangover 2, DueDate, and Zach Galifianakis.

Does that make sense?I don't know. Good!

The freakin' cop told himwho called, that I'mthe one that called...

and that switched it for me...

and I was now on the complete[BLEEP] list and he was tweetingabout it.

We did some researchand we realized therewas a procedure for this.

A state organizationcalled the PET Teams...

the PsychiatricExtraction Teams.

So we rolled over to the nextday, and that whole day...

the story of that dayis crazy, it's like a movie.

Anybody? Go ahead, Tom.

Who what?

Uh, Nick Kroll.

MAN IN AUDIENCE (O.S.):Yeah, there you go.

Um, Jesus of LA...

who's just a real guywho dresses up as Jesus.

Yeah, some people don't like it.

I don't want to hear aboutsome guy going to theUCLA Psych Ward.

He was still kind ofnot all the way back.

But I told Brody, after thefact, of all professions, thisfits being a comedian.

I think a lot of comicsare wired differently...

maybe chemically or from theirbackground, or a combinationof the both.

And I think Brody is a classicexample of being wiredto be that way.

I was going through a bitof a depression years ago...

and Brody knew it and he justshowed up at my house every day.

Just-- he didn't say, "Hey,I'm here to help," I justknew what he was doing.

BRODY (O.S.):Where was I?

I was gonna ask you about yourdaily routine when you wereat the psych ward.

Well, I got 15-minutebreaks out on the rooftop.

You would-- and I wouldsoak in some sun...

I would bring mytransistor radio.

I would play ping pong.

This sounds likea... Courtyard by Marriott.

A girl jumped over the tableat me, because I made funof chocolate milk.

First of all, how do you makefun of chocolate milk? Like it--

She went after me, she threw herchair, jumped over the table.

She looked like maybe somebodywho would jump over a tableif somebody...

I met her, remember?insulted chocolate milk.

Yeah.

And then the next day,she was like, "I wantto have your baby."

She wanted to have my baby.

Yeah, why was she in there?What was her diagnosis,do you remember?

Insanity.