Jim Carrey makes a return to the small screen, but he's not acting this time. Instead the star is executive producing a new comedy-drama series called I'm Dying Up Here for Showtime. The lengthy debut trailer dives into the raw world of stand-up in Los Angeles.
The show is set in the '70s and is filled with a lot of Farrah Fawcett–inspired hair and jokes on the stage. But once the comedians return to their real lives, their struggles and tortured rise to fame are nothing to laugh about. It is based on on William Knoedelseder's nonfiction book I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era.
The cast of I'm Dying Up Here is a mix of stand-up comedians and actors. Melissa Leo stars as the comedy club's owner alongside Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, RJ Cyler, Al Madrigal and Jake Lacy.
During a recent Television Critics Association panel, Carrey revealed he has no plans to return to stand-up:
"I’m in the process of shedding layers of persona at this time in my life. So I’m very happy to here for these guys and watch these guys enter this world and create these characters who are looking to create a cadence and a persona and something that will draw people's attention to them and the work that they’ll do and the triumphs they’ll have. And then somewhere around episode 40, I think they’ll start to question it and go, ‘Oh wow, that’s not actually me.’ And they’ll start to strip it away, which is what I’m in the process of doing."
Look out for the series premiere on June 4 on Showtime. Below, watch Adrian Grenier and Michael Ian Black share stories about their first gigs and stand-up sets with Fuse: