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Jim Carrey Working on "I'm Dying Up Here"
14 Aug 2016    

By Eva Ara˙jo (Web correspondent)

September is getting closer by the minute and the TV Series premiere season, promises to be very exciting. There have been many casting updates from Jim Carrey's upcoming series "I'm Dying Up Here" and now it's finally in production!

The dramedy is about the comedy scene of the 1970's.

Recently a first look of the pilot was shown during Showtime's Television Critics Association session. Footage showed comics interacting with difficult audiences, and ranting about it over late night meals. One scene mentioned Richard Pryor coming in to do a set.

Showtime's CEO David Nevins said that appearances by famous comedians will be minimal. "There may be some," Nevins said. "We're mostly going to avoid it. Johnny Carson is in the clip. Famous people may be backgrounded in the show. I'm Dying Up Here is based on a book of nonfiction and it's about the early days of the Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore, Robin Williams and David Letterman, that period. We chose, sort of like we did [when I produced] Friday Night Lights, to change the real people's names. There's no Robin Williams character, David Letterman character. There may be characters who have aspects of those people but they're all sort of composite, reconstructed characters. Famous people may be in the background but that's not really a driving idea on the show."

Jim Carrey is one of the executive producers and according to David, has been "pretty involved": "The cast is an interesting combination of stand-ups and actors so taking really seriously the teaching of actors to do stand-up. RJ Cyler who you saw [in the clip] or Ari Graynor, Jim Carrey spent a lot of time at comedy clubs with those actors getting them comfortable doing stand-up, getting them better and better and better at it."


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The Showtime CEO is expecting to present in January a premiere date for the Series.

We are so excited for this news! We have a good feeling about "I'm Dying Up Here" and we wish it big success.

We at JCO will keep you updated as more news come.

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