Showtime’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ and ‘Guerrilla’ Get First Trailers
If hours and hours of Twin Peaks or The Affair weren’t enough for you, Showtime has some major additional treats coming up. Not only do we have premiere dates for the Jim Carrey-produced standup comedy I’m Dying Up Here and John Ridley’s Idris Elba-starring miniseries Guerrilla, we’ve even got the first trailers.
The ‘70s-set comedy series will bow on Sunday, June 4, I’m Dying Up Here features a cast that includes Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Jake Lacy, Sebastian Stan, Erik Griffin and many more. Produced by Carrey and helmed by Dave Flebotte, adapting the William Knoedelseder non-fiction book of the same name, so reads the full synopsis:
It explores L.A.’s famed ‘70s stand-up comedy scene where the careers of legends such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Richard Pryor were launched. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. I’M DYING UP HERE stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, RJ Cyler, Al Madrigal, and Jake Lacy as part of a large ensemble cast.
This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh. Recurring guest stars include Stephen Guarino, Brianne Howey, Jon Daly, and Ginger Gonzaga.
By why stop there? The six-part Guerrilla will bow on Sunday, April 16, exploring the infamous “Black Power Desk” of 1970s London. The series stars Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay and Elba, with a synopsis beneath the trailer:
From Academy Award winner John Ridley, our six-part limited event series GUERRILLA is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of a couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. While the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart GUERRILLA is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences.
We’ll see more on the path to April and June (don’t forget Twin Peaks arriving in May), so stay tuned for the latest on Guerrilla and I’m Dying Up Here.