I'm Dying Up Here Series Order Showtime Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo's I'm Dying Up Here Ordered to Series at Showtime

Melissa Leo‘s new gig is a laughing matter.

I’m Dying Up Here, the dark comedy starring the Oscar-winning actress, has been greenlit at Showtime.

The network announced the series order Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.

Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by WIlliam Knoedelseder, the hour-long Dying examines the “inspired and damaged psyches” of stand-up comedians in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Leo (Treme, Louie) will be a series regular, a “brassy” comedy-club owner named Goldie. Sebastian Stan (Once Upon a Time, Political Animals) will play Clay, a comic on the rise; Clark Duke (The Office) will play Larry, a Boston funnyman trying to hit it big in L.A.

The cast also includes Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Andrew Santino (Mixology), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Erik Griffin (Workaholics) and Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings).

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).

Will you tune in to I’m Dying Up HereSound off in the comments!

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  1. Eric says:

    Wow, that’s a heck of a cast. The premise intrigues me, too. I’ll definitely check out the whole first season.

  2. Guy says:

    I will CONSIDER.

  3. Judy Landis says:

    LOVE Showtimes “Im dying up here” Cannot wait to see what RJ CYLER brings to the show.
    He is fantastic young actor and wow, what can all those great producers and directors do wrong? Something to look forward to. Thank you Jim and all of Showtime.

  4. Richard says:

    Sounds intriguing and great cast. Lots of super comedians came up thru ‘the store’ back in the seventies. Should be some good composite character included. Def will give it a fair try .