Showtime’s new series I’m Dying Up Here is not a comedy but, rather, a show about comics in the infamous LA stand-up scene in 1973. You should know that from the get go just so you aren’t expecting it to be belly laugh funny. Oh, it’s funny at times but this is definitely a dramedy with some laughs. Case in point: the guy you’re going to assume is the series lead dies alarmingly early in the pilot. He’s not the lead anymore. Talk about dying up here… (ba-dum-bum).
There’s a cast of Comedy Characters inspired by the future greats (think David Letterman, Jay Leno, Andy Kaufman, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Elayne Boosler) who were coming up through the “scene” when Johnny Carson’s couch was a comic’s holy grail. So, like any live comedy set, I’m Dying Up Here has some funny moments, some awkward ones and some you wish you’d missed. So far it’s worth sitting through some of those to get to the funny.
Really really short review: If Jim Carrey’s team can iron out the bumpy parts, it’s got potential. If.
Debuts tonight at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on Showtime.