Well, they’re not dead yet. EW has confirmed that Showtime has renewed I’m Dying Up Here for season 2. The show, produced by Jim Carrey, covers the struggles of stand-up comedians during the 1970s. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.
Melissa Leo stars in the series as Goldie, the owner of a Los Angeles comedy club called the Cellar. Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Al Madrigal, and RJ Cyler fill out the cast as the struggling comedians who try to build their careers there. In his B+ review of season 1, EW’s Darren Franich wrote that “it’s a show finding its voice, one lame joke, haphazard idea, brilliant line and complex idea at a time.”
“It is gratifying that so many comedians tell us this series really nailed the comedy club experience,” Showtime’s president of programming Gary Levine said in a statement. “The talented ensemble of I’m Dying Up Here, led by the brilliant Melissa Leo, and an equally skilled creative team behind the scenes, tell stories that scale the heights of comedy and the depths of drama, often at the same time. Having heard their plans for season 2, I’m excited about the journeys these characters will take and the new ground the show will break.”
Season 2 will be 10 episodes, just like the first. A premiere date has not yet been set, though it’s expected to arrive in 2018.