Earlier this week I finished the Showtime show “I’m Dying Up Here”. It was a period piece set in 1970′s Los Angeles based on the world of stand up comics. I would call it semi-biographical though most of the characters are fictitious in nature. There is an appearance of Richard Pryor, mentions of George Carlin and the Johnny Carson show is a staple/goal of the comics in the show, but the characters are created.
If you like comics, or period pieces, then you’ll like it. If not, then you might find a better use of your time. It’s funny, well written and has its dark spots. It certainly has it’s dark spots.
Heading into the show I only knew of 3 of the main actors. Clark Duke (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), and Jake Lacy (The Office) to a point. I knew the face at least from being “new Jim” on “The Office”.