I’m Dying Up HereLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
I'm Dying Up Here feels like it's dying in Season 2
The Jim Carrey- produced Showtime series hasn't changed much in its Season 2 return on Sunday. As Darren Franich notes, I’m Dying Up Here was "watched by barely anyone last year. You’d expect a dramatic shake-up in season 2, a big swing towards a larger audience. But this show’s version of radical rebootery is adding Brad Garrett as a middle-aged comedian with a secret sadness he never stops talking about. More of the same, then, because this is a show about the secret sadness of stand-up comedy: Long days on the road, the nuclear silence after a joke bombs. There are two kinds of people on I’m Dying Up Here: miserable struggling comedians, and miserable successful comedians."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Iconic Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore, the "godmother of comedy" in Los Angeles, dies at 87
David Letterman babysat her children, Jay Leno slept on her club's back stairs and Jim Carrey tended bar for her. Shore influenced the careers of everybody from Robin Williams to Garry Shandling, Roseanne Barr, Jimmie Walker, Bob Saget and, of course, Letterman, Leno and Carrey. In fact, Carrey's Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here is inspired by his Comedy Store past, with Melissa Leo essentially playing Mitzi Shore. The Comedy Store released a statement saying Shore, who died after battling Parkinson's Disease, "was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly." The Comedy Store was her fifth child. She was, according to Los Angeles Times' Paul Brownfield, "all-powerful, during a remarkably fertile time for stand-up comedy — the 1970s and early '80s — when many of today's comedy stars showed up in L.A. to go onstage at the only place that mattered."
- Son Pauly Shore, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings pay tribute to Mitzi Shore on Twitter
- The Comedy Store released a star-studded "Thank you Mitzi" video just three days ago
- Kathy Griffin: "Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store"
- Watch David Letterman's The Comedy Store 15-year reunion Top 10 list
- Pauly Shore tweeted his mom's final days -- he took her for her final visit to The Comedy Store on Monday
# TOPICS: Mitzi Shore, Showtime, I’m Dying Up Here, David Letterman, Garry Shandling , Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin, Marc Maron, Pauly Shore, Whitney Cummings, The Comedy Store, Obits, Stand-Up Comedy
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
I'm Dying Up Here gets an official Season 2 trailer
The Jim Carrey-produced series returns May 6.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
I’m Dying Up Here adds Nicole Ari Parker
She’ll play a Soul Train producer who becomes involved with one of the standup comics on the 1970s-set Showtime series.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here adds Brad Garrett
The Everybody Loves Raymond alum will appear throughout Season 2 as the “comedy legend Rom Martin.”
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 11:05PM EDT
For the many 1970s-set TV shows, there is an allure in America’s decline
Recent TV series like The Deuce, Vinyl, I’m Dying Up Here, F Is for Family, The Get Down and the second season of Fargo show that we’re still struggling to make sense of the ’70s. “Perhaps,” says Matt Brennan, “this is the flavor of the Seventies that television is after, the sickly-sweet taste of nightmares and hangovers, the fear of falling that only ends when we hit the ground and wake up.”
Posted Friday 9/08/17 at 5:42PM EDT
I’m Dying Up Here earns a 2nd season
Showtime renewed the Jim Carrey-produced ‘70s standup comedy series despite, as Variety notes, it’s inability to find a “substantial audience.”