added: Mon, Jan 9th '17
Jim Carrey is returning to television this summer -- well, sort of.
The former stand-up comedian-turned-movie superstar serves as an executive producer on Showtime's new drama-comedy series "I'm Dying Up Here," which will be transporting viewers back to the 1970s heyday of the L.A. comedy scene. And while the show doesn't premiere until June, you can now get a good-sized taste of it as Showtime has released the first ever trailer.
Featuring a large ensemble cast, the David Flebotte-created series sees Oscar-and-Emmy winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Louie) as "Goldie," the no-nonsense owner of the hottest stand-up comedy club in L.A.
Leo's character is loosely based on Mitzi Shore, the legendary owner of the famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, which is an iconic spot where nearly all the funniest American stand-up comics from the '70s and '80s got their first start.
Michael Angarano (The Knick), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), Jake Lacy (Girls), Ari Graynor (For a Good Time, Call), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), Ginger Gonzaga (Togetherness), and Andrew Santino (Mixology) are among the actors playing comedians.
While other notable actors making appearances include Sebastian Stan, Dylan Baker, Robert Forster, Obba Babatunde, Cathy Moriarty, and Alfred Molina.
"I'm Dying Up Here" is based on journalist William Knoedelseder's non-fiction book of the same name. Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, 50/50) directs the pilot episode, which is set to debut on Sunday, June 4th on Showtime.
The new one-hour SHOWTIME drama series I'M DYING UP HERE explores L.A.'s famed ‘70s stand-up comedy scene where the careers of legends such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Richard Pryor were launched. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience "dying" for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson.
I’M DYING UP HERE follows a fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians, all of whom are mentored by "Goldie" (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there's truly no such thing as an easy laugh.
directed by Jonathan Levine (pilot)
starring Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano, Al Madrigal, Jake Lacy, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), RJ Cyler, Erik Griffin, Ginger Gonzaga, Andrew Santino, Sebastian Stan, Dylan Baker, Robert Forster, Obba Babatunde, Cathy Moriarty, Alfred Molina
release date June 4, 2017 (on Showtime)