Jim Carrey’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Is A Window Into L.A.’s Legendary Stand-up Scene

Watch the first trailer

by daniel barna

One of the most anticipated new shows of the year finally has a trailer. Set in the smoke-filled comedy clubs of 1970s Los Angeles, Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here chronicles the lives of struggling stand-up comics as they chase that elusive thing called fame. Based on the above clip, there'll be a lot of actual stand-up, but the show's real intrigue promises to be in how these comics negotiate life off stage.

The show, which is partly based on William Knoedelseder’s eponymous non-fiction book, will strive to be as authentic as possible. And, thanks to Jim Carrey's role as executive producer, that shouldn't be too difficult. "Once you get Jim going about stand-up, it might be five hours [before he’s finished],” Michael Aguilar, another EP on the show, told Entertainment Weekly back in December.

The cast is a mix of actors and actual stand-ups, with Melissa Leo starring as the owner of the show's central comedy club. Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, RJ Cyler, Al Madrigal, and Jake Lacy fill out the impressive cast. 

Find out which of them makes it big when I'm Dying Up Here premieres June 4 on Showtime.