Melissa Leo‘s new gig is a laughing matter.
I’m Dying Up Here, the dark comedy starring the Oscar-winning actress, has been greenlit at Showtime.
The network announced the series order Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by WIlliam Knoedelseder, the hour-long Dying examines the “inspired and damaged psyches” of stand-up comedians in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
Leo (Treme, Louie) will be a series regular, a “brassy” comedy-club owner named Goldie. Sebastian Stan (Once Upon a Time, Political Animals) will play Clay, a comic on the rise; Clark Duke (The Office) will play Larry, a Boston funnyman trying to hit it big in L.A.
The cast also includes Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Andrew Santino (Mixology), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Erik Griffin (Workaholics) and Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings).
I’m Dying Up Here is written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte (Masters of Sex, Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives), and executive produced by Jim Carrey and Michael Aguilar (The Departed), and Christina Wayne (Copper).