Jake Lacy has joined the ensemble cast of Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here based on William Knoedelseder’s non-fiction book. Lacy joins a cast that includes Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Ari Graynor (For A Good Time Call), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Michael Angarano (The Knick), Andrew Santino (Mixology), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Al Madrigal (About A Boy), Erik Griffin (Workaholics) and Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings). Alfred Molina (Chocolat), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Jon Daly (Kroll Show), Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Brianne Howey (Horrible Bosses 2), Ginger Gonzaga (Togetherness), and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull) are confirmed to guest star on season one.
According to Showtime’s casting announcement, Lacy will play “a stand-up comic who gained some notoriety a few years back by blowing off The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on the night he was scheduled to appear. His issues with substance abuse and family tragedy inform his comedy as he tries to re-acclimate into the early ’70s L.A. comedy scene. […]Not everyone is quick to welcome him back, nor is he interested in conforming to their idea of what comedy is.”
Lacy’s credits include Carol, How to Be Single, Obvious Child, Intramural, Girls, Better With You, and The Office.
The series is written and executive produced by Masters of Sex‘s Dave Flebotte. Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar, and Christina Wayne are executive producers and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine helmed the pilot.
The Plot: Set in L.A.’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, during which the careers of many of the comedy superstars began, I’m Dying Up Here delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that are required to stand alone in front of an audience and make them laugh. I’m Dying Up Here follows up and coming comedians in LA in the 1970s, who are mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love. Graynor, Santino, Cyler, Madrigal, Griffin and Guarino star as the main stand-ups at the club. Angarano and Duke play ballsy young comedians from Boston who move to L.A. with the hopes of making it big.