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I'm Dying Up Here Canceled At Showtime

Alec Bojalad Sep 29, 2018

Showtime has canceled its stand up comedy series, I'm Dying Up Here, after two seasons.

Guess it really was dying up there.

Showtime has canceled its Jim Carrey-produced stand up comedy series, I'm Dying Up Here, after two seasons on the pay cable network, Deadline reports.

I'm Dying Up Herewas created by David Flebotte and produced by Carrey. It was based on a book of the same name from William Knoedelseder and sought to tell the under-told story of the birth of the stand-up comedy scene in 1970s Los Angeles. The show followed a group of young comedians headlined by young comedic actors Clark Duke and Michael Angarano as they work the comedy club circuit with hopes of getting their big break on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.

Notably, Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo portrayed comedy club owner Goldie Herschlag, a character loosely based on real life comedy club titan Mitzi Shore.
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‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Season 2 Trailer: Ball-Busting Melissa Leo Is Back in Jim Carrey-Produced Showtime Dramedy

‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Season 2 Trailer: Ball-Busting Melissa Leo Is Back in Jim Carrey-Produced Showtime Dramedy
When Jim Carrey isn’t painting political portraits, he’s executive producing one of the best shows about stand-up comedy on TV. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, “I’m Dying Up Here” follows a group of aspiring stand-up comedians and the comedy club where they work out their sets. Created by Carrey and David Flebotte, “I’m Dying Up Here” is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder. Gritty and ambitious, the series explores the toughest job in show business with style and wit.

Per Showtime’s official synopsis: “‘I’m Dying Up Here’ delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of a fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians 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. The series takes viewers behind the curtain of the
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‘I’m Dying up Here’ Continues to Live, Picked Up for a Second Season

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‘I’m Dying up Here’ Continues to Live, Picked Up for a Second Season
Showtime is renewing the drama series about comedy, “I’m Dying Up Here,” for a second season, the network announced Friday. The show, executive produced by Jim Carrey and partially inspired by his experiences as a budding stand-up comic, follows a group of Los Angeles comedians in the 1970s. It’s based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder. It was created by Dave Flebotte, who also serves as executive producer, along with Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne. The large ensemble cast includes Melissa Leo, who plays the mentor at a comedy club, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano,
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Interview, Audio: Cindy Caponera, TV Writer for ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Chicago – One of the great new premium channel TV series, which piggybacked on the “Twin Peaks” return on the Showtime Network, is “I’m Dying Up Here.” Set in the 1970s, it tells the stories of fictional stand up comedians in Los Angeles, and one of the Consulting Producers and series writers is Cindy Caponera.

Ari Graynor as Cassie in ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

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Caponera wrote the latest episode, “Girls Are Funny, Too,” which focused on Cassie (Ari Graynor), as she tries to break new ground in an era where women in comedy had even more obstacles in a man’s show business world. The episode was loose, poignant and funny, and highlighted the excellent cast, which includes Oscar winner Melissa Leo as Goldie, the owner of the club that the stand up comics perform in. Add in Jake Lacy, Al Madrigal, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin and Rj Cyler,
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Al Madrigal on ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ and the High Stakes of Stand-Up Comedy

From executive producers Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Dave Flebotte, the Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here follows up and coming comedians in Los Angeles in the 1970s, who are mentored by Goldie (Melissa Leo), the comedy club owner who rules over her business and the comedians that perform there with a tough love approach. As these young comedians brave the pain of sharing their innermost thoughts and darkest secrets, hoping for a laugh, we learn about the individuals and emotions behind this group who are just looking to achieve success from following their dream. The ensemble cast also …
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Jim Carrey on The Perils of Standup Comedy In Our Outrage Culture — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Jim Carrey on The Perils of Standup Comedy In Our Outrage Culture — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
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If there’s a line in comedy, both Kathy Griffin and Bill Maher crossed it this month. Both comedians have made a career out of being politically incorrect –but given the reaction to their antics, Griffin’s photo shoot of a bloodied pumpkin head made to look like Donald Trump, and Maher’s casual use of the “n” word on his “Real Time” series, both took it a step too far.

But where’s the bar in comedy, when being offensive is often part of what it means to be a comedian? Back in January, long before the Griffin/Maher uproar, IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast spoke with Jim Carrey about how comedy has changed as standups have become more scrutinized by their every word.
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‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Review: Jim Carrey’s Drama Series on Stand-Up Comedy is a Mess

‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Review: Jim Carrey’s Drama Series on Stand-Up Comedy is a Mess
The dark side of stand-up comedy is always lurking behind the jokes, and “I’m Dying Up Here,” Showtime’s drama series set in Los Angeles’ ’70s comedy scene, aims to bring it to light. Tracking a group of comedians working a club on the Sunset Strip, the first episode slowly teases a tragedy meant to bring everyone together – even if the premiere feels unwieldy prior to the introduction of every member of this large ensemble.

An hour-long drama about the lives of comedians feels a tad antithetical even before you start counting expendable plot lines, but “I’m Dying Up Here” only exacerbates the fixable issues seen in the pilot.

What works best among the many ingredients at play is first how producer Jim Carrey and showrunner David Flebotte highlight the serious side of a world made to look lighthearted. Second, and more simply, is Ari Graynor as Cassie,
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Exclusive: Jim Carrey Reflects on 'Really, Really Hard Times' Getting His Start in Stand-Up Comedy

Exclusive: Jim Carrey Reflects on 'Really, Really Hard Times' Getting His Start in Stand-Up Comedy
Nobody understands the struggles of a comic like Jim Carrey. The two-time Golden Globe winner got his start in stand-up comedy and is using his experiences to fuel the new Showtime series, I’m Dying Up Here.

The show is set in the ‘70s Los Angeles comedy scene and focuses on the pressures comedians face to put on a good performance. Carrey, who executive produced the series, spoke to Et’s Leanne Aguilera at the premiere about his own career past.

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“This show is what I've wanted to do for a very long time,” Carrey told Et. “And Michael Aguilar and Dave Flebotte helped me bring it to life in ways that I could never imagine. But I always, I always wanted to show the darkness where these diamonds are formed, you know?”

Though he’s gone on to be successful
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I'm Dying Up Here: Showtime Previews New Series About '70s Standup Comedy

Watch the official I'm Dying Up Here TV show trailer. The new series takes place in L.A.'s standup comedy scene. I'm Dying Up Here will premiere on Showtime on Sunday June 4, 2017 at 10:00pm Et/Pt.A scripted comedy-drama from creator David Flebotte, I'm Dying Up Here stars Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Rj Cyler, Al Madrigal, and Jake Lacy. Flebotte executive produces the Showtime TV series with Michael Aguilar, Jim Carrey, and Christina Wayne.Read More…
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SXSW 2017 Episodic Lineup to Include ‘Dear White People,’ ‘American Gods’

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SXSW 2017 Episodic Lineup to Include ‘Dear White People,’ ‘American Gods’
Gods, best friends and struggling comedians lead the TV line-up at this year’s SXSW film festival, with six new series set to compete as Episodic selections.

This represents the fourth year that SXSW has recognized television, and in 2017 the Episodic category has increased from five to six picks: Besides the previously announced “American Gods,” adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s book, SXSW will screen Justin Simien’s “Dear White People,” the Netflix series based on Simien’s 2014 feature film. Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” (executive produced by Jim Carrey), TV Land’s “Nobodies” (executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone) and AMC’s “The Son” (starring Pierce Brosnan) will also make their premieres in Austin.

Also set to be screened at this year’s event: Rachael Holder’s “I Love Bekka & Lucy.”At past SXSW fests, the Episodic category has only selected shows from established networks.
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First trailer for Jim Carrey’s Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here released

Get transported back to a simpler time with the first trailer for Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, a series executive produced by Jim Carrey. The 1970s-set show explores the infamous stand-up comedy scene at the time and centers around a group of up-and-coming comics trying to make a name for themselves. Footage in the teaser is accompanied with “Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band…

Comedic and dramatic actors alike have been lined up to make up the cast, including Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Rj Cyler (Power Rangers), Ari Graynor (Celeste and Jesse Forever), Clark Duke (The Office), Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Erik Griffin (Workaholics) and Andrew Santino (Mixology). A slew of guest stars ranging from Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War) to Robert Forster (London Has Fallen) will periodically join the main cast members during the show’s run.

The pilot episode
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Melissa Leo's I'm Dying Up Here Ordered to Series at Showtime

Melissa Leo‘s new gig is a laughing matter.

I’m Dying Up Here, the dark comedy starring the Oscar-winning actress, has been greenlit at Showtime.

The network announced the series order Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.

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Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by WIlliam Knoedelseder, the hour-long Dying examines the “inspired and damaged psyches” of stand-up comedians in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Leo (Treme, Louie) will be a series regular, a “brassy” comedy-club owner named Goldie. Sebastian Stan (Once Upon a Time,
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Alfred Molina, Dylan Baker Among 6 Set As Guest Stars On Showtime Pilot ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Alfred Molina (Chocolat), Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Spider-Man 2 & 3), Al Madrigal (About A Boy, The Daily Show), Jon Daly (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Kroll Show), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull) are set as guest stars for Showtime's dark comedy pilot I'm Dying Up Here. Molina, Baker, Madrigal and Daly will recur if the pilot goes to series. Written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, I'm Dyi…
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Melissa Leo To Star In Showtime Pilot ‘I’m Dying Up Here’; Sebastian Stan Also Cast

Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Louie), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) are set for Showtime’s dark comedy pilot I'm Dying Up Here. Written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, I’m Dying Up Here is set in L.A.'s infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s and delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the complex business of making an audience laugh. Leo will play…
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Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan Board Showtime Pilot I'm Dying Up Here

Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan Board Showtime Pilot I'm Dying Up Here
You can find Melissa Leo in da club for her next TV role — a comedy club, to be specific.

The Oscar-winning actress (The Fighter, Louie) has landed a major role in Showtime’s dark comedy pilot I’m Dying Up Here. If it’s picked up, Leo would be a series regular as Goldie, who’s described as “a brassy comedy-club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love.”

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Sebastian Stan (Political Animals, Once Upon
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Stan, Leo, Duke Join "I'm Dying Up Here"

Sebastian Stan, Melissa Leo and Clark Duke have joined the ensemble cast of Showtime's new dark comedy pilot "I'm Dying Up Here". Leo and Duke will appear as series regulars, Stan is guest starring.

Set in L.A.'s stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, the story will delve into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit this complex business of making an audience laugh.

Leo will play a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, Stan will play a charming comedian on the rise who fears irrelevancy, Duke is a ballsy young comedian from Boston.

The trio join previously-announced cast members Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, Rj Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino in the series which is executive produced by Dave Flebotte ("Masters of Sex," "Will & Grace"). Jonathan Levine ("50/50") will direct the pilot which will shoot this Fall.

Source: Showtime
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Andrew Santino & Erik Griffin Join ‘I’m Dying Up Here’; Sharon Lawrence In ‘Game Of Silence’

Andrew Santino (Mixology) and Erik Griffin (Workaholics) have joined the ensemble cast of the hourlong Showtime dark comedy pilot I'm Dying Up Here. Written and executive produced by former stand-up comedian Dave Flebotte, executive produced by Jim Carrey and directed by Jonathan Levine, I'm Dying Up Here, from Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment, is is set in L.A.'s stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s. Santino will play Bill, a comedy club favorite who can be…
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Rj Cyler cast in Jim Carrey’s Showtime pilot I’m Dying Up Here

Rj Cyler, one of the stars of Sundance Film Festival darling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, has been cast in Showtime’s new comedy show I’m Dying Up Here.

Cyler is set to be a series regular on the show if the pilot, which Showtime has ordered, gets picked up. Comedy legend Jim Carrey (Dumb & Dumber) is executive producing the show and may feature on screen too.

Based on the novel by William Knoedelseder, I’m Dying Up Here has been penned by former stand-up Dave Flebotte and is inspired by the Hollywood comedy club scene of the 1970’s. Jonathan Levine (50/50) is in the director’s chair for the pilot, which starts shooting later this year.
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Rj Cyler ('Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Star) Tapped for Showtime Dark Comedy Pilot

Rising star Rj Cyler ("Me And Earl And The Dying Girl") has booked a series regular role in Showtime's dark comedy “I’m Dying Up Here,” an hourlong project set in the 1970s comedy scene, which the network has ordered a pilot for. Cyler is the first actor to be cast in the potential series, which Jim Carrey is an executive producer of, hailing from former stand-up comedian Dave Flebotte, who penned the pilot, which is based on William Knoedelseder’s novel of the same name. Exploring the famous Hollywood comedy clubs of the 1970s, where and when many of today’s respected comedians got their start, "I'm Dying Up Here" will delve into the inspired and damaged...
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Jim Carrey Showtime Pilot ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Casts ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Star

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Jim Carrey Showtime Pilot ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Casts ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Star
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s” Rj Cyler has been cast in the Showtime pilot “I’m Dying Up Here.” Cyler will play struggling comedian Adam in the large ensemble comedy. Based on the book by William Knoedelseder, the project is set in Los Angeles during the 1970s. It is written and executive produced by former stand-up comedian Dave Flebotte (“Will & Grace”). Jim Carrey will executive produce, and Jonathan Levine (“50/50”) will direct. Michael Aguilar (“The Departed”) and Christina Wayne (“Copper”) serve as executive producers for the pilot from Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. Also read: Teddy Roosevelt Limited Series in Works.
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