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.”

Sebastian Stan (Political Animals, Once Upon a Time) and Clark Duke (The Office) have also landed roles in the one-hour pilot, the former as a guest star and the latter in what would be a series-regular gig.

Stan will portray Clay, “a funny, charming comedian on the rise, who declares irrelevancy as his biggest fear” — and who previously dated Ari Graynor’s Cassie. Duke has been cast as Larry, “a ballsy young comedian from Boston who moves to L.A. with the hopes of making it big.”

In addition to Graynor (Bad Teacher), the show’s previously announced cast includes Andrew Santino (Mixology), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Erik Griffin (Workaholics) and Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings).

The logline for I’m Dying Up Here, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder, is as follows: Set in L.A.’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, during which the careers of most of our comedy superstars began, the pilot will delve into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh.

I’m Dying Up Here is written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte (Masters of Sex, Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives), and executive produced by Jim Carrey and Michael Aguilar (The Departed), and Christina Wayne (Copper).

Does Leo’s return to TV make you more excited for I’m Dying Up Here? Sound off in the comments!

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5 Comments
  1. Fina says:

    Why they dont say taht Sebastian Stan is the actor who was on teh Captain America Winter Soldier and he be once again in the other new Captain America movie.

    • Will says:

      Because this is TVLine not MovieLine. They mostly just cite TV credits unless the actor doesn’t have much, in which case they cite a movie, as is the case with Leo and RJ Cyler.

  2. Steven says:

    A+ Casting. I really hope this show gets picked up!

  3. This sounds like the character she played in “the fighter”

  4. Geronimo says:

    Loved Melissa Leo in this summer’s Wayward Pines and happy to see her cast here. Hopefully “I’m Dying Up Here” shapes up to be a great hourlong dark comedy/drama that can fill the gap once Shameless leaves Showtime — that show has been fun but probably needs to go after the upcoming season 6.