“Blood, tears and excruciating pain, all for a measly 15 minutes.”
So goes Showtime’s fictional exploration of Los Angeles’ stand-up comedy scene in the 1970s.
I’m Dying Up Here 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.”
The series stars Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Treme), Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Michael Angarano (The Knick), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Andrew Santino (Mixology), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), RJ Cyler (Power Rangers), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show) and Jake Lacy (Obvious Child).
The story follows a group of competitive, close-knit comedians mentored by tough but nurturing comedy club owner Goldie (Leo).
Recurring guest stars include Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Brianne Howey (Horrible Bosses 2), Jon Daly (Kroll Show) and Ginger Gonzaga (Togetherness).
Other guest stars include Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Martian) and Alfred Molina (Chocolat).
I’m Dying Up Here is created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne. It’s based on the nonfiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder.
The series will kick off Showtime’s summer lineup on Sunday, June 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.