Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Melissa Leo (Wayward Pines) and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) have been cast in I’m Dying Up Her, Showtime’s dark comedy pilot from Dave Flebotte, Jim Carrey, Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment.
Based on the William Knoedelseder book of the same name, I’m Dying Up Here is set in L.A.’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, during which the careers of most of today’s comedy superstars began. The drama will delve into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh.
Sebastian Stan has been cast as Clay, a funny, charming comedian on the rise, who declares irrelevancy as his biggest fear; Melissa Leo as Goldie, a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love; and Clark Duke as Larry, a ballsy young comedian from Boston who moves to L.A. with the hopes of making it big.
If I’m Dying Up Here goes to series Melissa Leo and Sebastian Stan will be series regulars, while Clark Duke will have a recurring guest role. The trio join as cast that also includes Ari Graynor (For A Good Time Call), Andrew Santino (Mixology), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Erik Griffin (Workaholics) and Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings).
Desperate Housewives scribe Dave Flebotte is penning the pilot script for the project, which is being produced by Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. Flebotte will also serve as executive producer alongside Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne. Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine is attached to direct the pilot, which enters production in Los Angeles later this year.