‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Earns a Second Season

I'm Dying Up Here Cast
Melissa Leo, RJ Cyler, Stephen Guarino, Erik Griffin, Jon Daly, Al Madrigal, Jake Lacy, Michael Angarano, Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino and Clark Duke in ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ (Photo by Patrick Ecclesine / Showtime)

I’m Dying Up Here, based on the non-fiction book by William Knoedelseder, will be returning for a second season. Season two of the drama will consist of 10 episodes and is expected to head into production later this year. Showtime’s targeting a 2018 second season premiere.

Dave Flebotte created the series and will return as executive producer along with Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar, and Christina Wayne. The cast of season one included Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Michael Angarano (The Knick), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Andrew Santino (Mixology), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), RJ Cyler (Power Rangers), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), and Jake Lacy (How to Be Single).

“It is gratifying that so many comedians tell us this series really nailed the comedy club experience,” stated Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “The talented ensemble of I’m Dying Up Here, led by the brilliant Melissa Leo, and an equally skilled creative team behind the scenes, tell stories that scale the heights of comedy and the depths of drama, often at the same time. Having heard their plans for season two, I’m excited about the journeys these characters will take and the new ground the show will break.”

The Plot: I’m Dying Up Here delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. The series takes viewers behind the curtain of the comedy scene that birthed the careers of legends such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and David Letterman, showing there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh.

In season one, “Goldie” balanced the demands of her comics and the club, “Cassie” (Graynor) emerged from the Cellar with a renewed voice, “Bill” (Santino) finally got Carson’s couch, Boston besties “Eddie” (Angarano) and “Ron” (Duke) traveled an uncertain road toward success that jeopardized their friendship, “Ralph” (Griffin) confronted old ghosts, “Adam” (Cyler) saw his ego threaten his rising stardom, “Edgar” (Madrigal) finally got some respect and “Nick” (Lacy) kicked a nasty habit – but how a burning development in the season finale will affect everyone at Goldie’s remains to be seen.