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 comedy scene that birthed the careers of legends such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and David Letterman, showing there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh.”
Leo leads a cast of talented up-and-comers that includes Ari Graynor (“The Disaster Artist”), Stephen Guarino (“Happy Endings”), Michael Angarano (“Almost Famous”), and RJ Cyler (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”).
The second season of “I’m Dying Up Here” premieres Sunday May 6 on Showtime. Check out the new trailer below.