‘I‘m Dying Up Here’ is an American comedy and drama television series. The show is based on the novel ‘I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak & High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era’ by William Knoedelseder. It is a funny and touching examination of the lives of upcoming comedians which masks the true magic of the show, that is to relate to the universal struggle all of us face in trying to realize our future potential while nurturing healthy relationships and balancing responsibilities in the present, shooting for the top before fizzling out or exploding, and reconciling our past with our present.
The series has been created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and has Jim Carrey of ‘Kidding‘, ‘Ace Ventura’, ‘The Truman Show‘, and ‘Bruce Almighty‘ fame on board as a co-executive producer. It airs on Showtime and first premiered on June 4, 2017.
Comedy has been different throughout the ages and the stand-up comedy scene and the jokes cracked there have been reflective of society at large at that point of time. If you are interested in the 70s comedy scene in Los Angeles then this is the show you should be watching. Critics have received it more or less favorably with Variety providing some valuable feedback, saying, “All in all, like a comic in search of the perfect standup set — the “tight 15” Goldie frequently references — this rambling series would benefit from a dash of ruthlessness, a greater injection of originality and a good deal of relentless honing.”
I’m Dying Up Here Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘I’m Dying Up Here’, includes Melissa Leo in the role of Goldie Herschlag. She is a comedy club owner and her character is based on that of Mitzi Shore. Ari Graynor of ‘The Sopranos‘ and ‘Fringe’ fame plays the role of Cassie Feder, an ambitious comedian hailing from Wink, Texas. Clark Duke is seen as Ron Shack, a comedian from Boston who travels to LA, hoping to make a name for himself. Michael Angarano plays the role of Eddie Zeidel, also a Boston comedian who travels to LA with Ron, while Andrew Santino of ‘This is Us‘ fame is seen as Bill Hobbs, who happens to be a favorite among comedy clubs. Erik Griffin appears as Ralph Carnegie, a Vietnam vet, and comedian who happens to be a writer for ‘Sonny & Cher’.
There are several other recurring and guest characters who help portray how the comedy scene was at that time and who help bring to light the struggles comedians go through in hopes of getting their big break in an intensely competitive industry. Bringing this story to the screen was a “labor of love,” Carrey had said.