12:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Oscar Winner Melissa Leo Joins Showtime's Jim Carrey Dark Comedy
Showtime's dark Jim Carrey comedy is adding a trio of famous faces.
Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan (Captain America) and The Office alum Clark Duke have signed on for I'm Dying Up Here, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The hourlong drama focuses on L.A.'s celebrated and infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s. The pilot will delve into the inspired yet damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious yet complex business of making an audience laugh.
Leo will play Goldie, a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love. This marks a return to TV for Leo, who first broke through on the cop drama Homicide and more recently won an Emmy for her guest appearance on Louie. The Fighter actress is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Stan will portray Clay, a funny, charming comedian on the rise whose biggest fear is irrelevancy. He is idolized by his ex and fellow comedian Cassie (Ari Graynor). Stan, whose other credits include The Martian, Once Upon a Time and Gossip Girl, is repped by ICM, Brookside Artist Management and Sloane, Offer.
Duke has been cast as Larry, a ballsy young comedian from Boston who moves to L.A. with the hopes of making it big. Also known for his roles in Hot Tub Time Machine, Two and a Half Men and Greek, Duke is repped by WME, Mosaic and Myman Greenspan.
If picked up to series, Leo and Duke would be series regulars, while Stan would guest-star. They join previously announced cast members Graynor, Erik Griffin, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler and Stephen Guarino.
Set to shoot in the fall, I'm Dying Up Here is written and exec produced by Dave Flebotte (Will & Grace). Carrey and Flebotte will exec produce alongside Michael Aguilar (The Departed) and Christina Wayne (Copper) for Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) will helm the pilot. The dramedy, based on the novel by William Knoedelseder, hails from Showtime.