Jim Carrey’s Showtime series about the LA comedy scene in the 1970s, I’M DYING UP HERE, has some new promising attachments. Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan, and Clark Duke have joined the cast. The show is being executive produced by Carrey, Michael Aguilar, Christina Wayne, and Dave Flebotte. Flebotte is also adapting the series from the non-fiction book by William Knoedelseder.
The show will take place in the mid-70s, when comedians were coming to Los Angeles from all over the country in order to hone their craft and find fame. This led to a huge comedy club boom with places like The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store reigning supreme and nurtured some of the biggest talents of a generation.
Oscar winner Leo, who was recently seen in the Fox sci-fi series Wayward Pines, will play comedy club-owner Goldie. I can only assume that Leo’s character is based on Comedy Store-owner Mitzi Shore, especially since the 1979 comedian strike was based on her not paying comedians. Leo is repped by CAA.
Sebastian Stan will be guest starring as an up-and-coming comedian who is terrified not being relevant. Stan was just recently on screen in The Martian, and is probably best known for his past and future work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Bucky Barns, the Winter Soldier (and maybe a future Captain America). He is repped by ICM and Brookside Artist Management.
Duke will be playing a brash young comic from Boston who has joined the mass exodus to Los Angeles with hopes of stardom. Duke has appeared in The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Kick Ass. He is repped by WME and Mosaic.
Lance Boyle | Staff Writer
This news was originally reported by TheWrap.