added: Sun, Apr 9th '17
Showtime has released a new trailer for "I'm Dying Up Here," the new original series from executive producer Jim Carrey and created by TV writer-producer David Flebotte (Masters of Sex, Boardwalk Empire).
A fictionalized version of L.A. Times journalist William Knoedelseder's non-fiction book of the same name, the Showtime series takes place in the mid-1970s where it delves into the burgeoning stand-up comedy scene in Los Angeles.
Oscar-and-Emmy winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Louie) leads the ensemble cast as "Goldie," the blunt-speaking owner of the hottest stand-up comedy club in L.A, where all the top comedic talents in the nation find their footing.
Leo's character is loosely based on Mitzi Shore, the legendary owner of the world-famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, who was known for nurturing a whole generation of young stand-up comedians who would later become the biggest comedy stars in the world. The list included Jim Carrey, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Robin Williams, Sam Kinison, Jay Leno, Elayne Boosler, Richard Lewis and so on.
Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, 50/50) is directing the first hour-long pilot of the 10-episode series, which also stars 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 (Power Rangers) with appearances by Sebastian Stan (Captain America), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Alfred Molina (FX's Feud) and Dylan Baker (FX' The Americans) as Johnny Carson.
"I'm Dying Up Here" is due to premiere 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, 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)