Jim Carrey’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Scores Showtime Series Order

TCA 2016: Melissa Leo among actors in ensemble series set in 1970s L.A. comedy scene

Last Updated: January 12, 2016 @ 3:23 PM

Jim Carrey‘s one-hour dark comedy “I’m Dying Up Here” has landed a series order from Showtime.

Set in the 1970s Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene, the program will “delve into the inspired and damaged psyches that are required to stand alone in front of an audience and make them laugh,” per the pay-TV channel.

Showtime Networks President and CEO David Nevins dropped the news during a busy start to his main channel’s Television Critics Association press junket on Tuesday.

The ensemble counts Melissa Leo among its cast. “I’m Dying” also stars Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino.

The L.A. comics will be mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love. Graynor, Santino, Cyler, Griffin and Guarino star as the main stand-ups at the club. Angarano and Duke play ballsy young comedians from Boston who move to L.A. with the hopes of making it big.

Alfred Molina, Sebastian Stan, Robert Forster, Jon Daly, Al Madrigal, Dylan Baker, Brianne Howey, Ginger Gonzaga and Cathy Moriarty guest star.

Produced by Showtime, Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment, “I’m Dying Up Here” is written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte. In addition to Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne will executive produce.

The pilot was directed by Jonathan Levine and is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder.