Executive produced by Jim Carrey, this brand new comedy series set in the 1970s L.A. stand up comedy circuit and sees the star return to the small screen alongside Melissa Leo, Ronald Cyler II, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, and Michael Angarano. The series is based on the novel I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand Up Comedy’s Golden Era by William Knoedelseder.
Synopsis: In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. It was Comedy Camelot—but it couldn’t last.
William Knoedelseder was then a cub reporter covering the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the first major newspaper profiles of several of the future stars. And he was there when the comedians—who were not paid by the clubs where they performed— tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. In I’m Dying Up Here he tells the whole story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there. As comedy clubs and cable TV began to boom, many would achieve stardom…. but success had its price.
I’M DYING UP HERE premieres 4 JUNE, 2017 on SHOWTIME USA
Hero image: Stephen Guarino as Sully, Brianne Howey as Kay, Jon Daly as Arnie, Michael Angarano as Eddie, RJ Cyler as Adam, Ari Graynor as Cassie, Andrew Santino as Bill, Melissa Leo as Goldie, Clark Duke as Ron and Erik Griffin as Ralph in I’m Dying Up Here (Pilot). PHOTO: Courtesy of SHOWTIME