The Showtime original comedy-drama series I'm Dying Up Here has officially been renewed for season 2. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder, the series follows a troupe of up-and-coming stand up comedians working out of Los Angeles in the 1970s who are all hoping to land a spot on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Starring Oscar-winning supporting actress Melissa Leo as comedy club owner Goldie Herschlag - based in part on real life The Comedy Store co-founder and owner Mitzi Shore - I'm Dying Up Here premiered on Showtime earlier this June with the support of executive producer Jim Carrey. Featuring supporting turns from Ari Graynor (The Disaster Artist), RJ Cyler (Power Rangers), and Michael Angarano (The Knick), the show received mixed reviews over the course of its initial 10-episode season 1. Nevertheless, season 2 is officially on the way.
According to Deadline, Showtime has officially ordered another season of I'm Dying Up Here after assembling a group of staff writers from season 1 to brainstorm ideas for season 2 over the summer. Despite the fact that the show has yet to garner a wide audience of general viewers, the series has struck a chord within the stand up comedy industry, and will return sometime next year.
In particular, Showtime president of programming, Gary Levine, was especially excited to give I'm Dying Up Here new life with the season 2 order. Speaking to what he hopes the show can accomplish in its second 10-episode slate, Levine stated:
"It is gratifying that so many comedians tell us this series really nailed the comedy club experience. 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 two, I’m excited about the journeys these characters will take and the new ground the show will break."
Whether or not more general viewers will be drawn to I'm Dying Up Here when season 2 finally airs remains to be seen. But with Carrey continuing to work in a creative capacity behind the scenes, perhaps the show's 1970s vibe will soon manage to find its footing in an even bigger way.
I'm Dying Up Here season 2 will premiere in 2018 on Showtime.