TV Show Reviews
Review of "I'm
Dying Up Here" 6/28/17 by
Airs Sundays 10/9c on Showtime
This show is about some comedians in the early 70's at a
Los Angeles comedy club. It's loosely based on the real-life
Comedy Store (and places like it) and is also from a novel
by William Knoedelseder, and produced by Jim Carrey.
This is a drama, not a comedy, so most of the laughs come
from the stand-up bits or the comedians joking around with
each other. Oscar winner Melissa Leo plays Goldie, the
owner of the club, who's kind of a like a tough mom to all
the young comics. When she lets them perform on the
big stage, then they know they're ready to go on "The
Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.
In the first episode, something very shocking happens to
their big star. This is the kind of show where things
don't turn out the way you think they will.
It has many cast members (some are shown above). The
actors do a great job. My only complaint is that the show
doesn't really do the men's hair well for that time period.
Either the hair looks too nice (like too much product has
been used on it - guys didn't put product in their hair back
then) or it looks like a wig. Otherwise, it has a nice
70's feel to it.
I don't get Showtime, so I could only watch the first
show. I liked it and would probably watch it if I did get
that channel. I don't love it, like I did "Roadies," but
it's not as depressing as "Vinyl," either.
I’M DYING UP HERE explores the struggles of “making it
big” in the 1970’s L.A. comedy scene. Every night, a group
of up-and-coming comedians wait to perform at Goldie’s, the
hottest stand-up club in town. But first they’ll have to win
over Goldie, who rules the Sunset Strip with an iron fist.
Stand-up is a drug for these comedians, and they’re willing
to sacrifice everything to get their fix. They brave the
pain of sharing their innermost thoughts and darkest
secrets, hoping that someone, anyone, will laugh. Executive
produced by Jim Carrey.
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