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).
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