The Los Angeles comedy scene of the 1970s gets explored in Showtime's (loose) adaptation of William Knoedelseder's book I'mDying Up Here: Heartbreak & High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era.While the book chronicled the rise of such soon-to-be legends as Jay Leno, this series -- from Jim Carrey and starring Melissa Leo, RJ Cyler and Michael Angarano -- follows a group of unknowns as they struggle to make it big in Hollywood. The show does a mostly good job of making the drama interesting and the comedic moments land, though its speed-reading of heavy social movements, including women's lib, and inevitably hokey 70s nostalgia can get grating. Still, for people who love comedy -- and seeing the tears that go into creating it -- I'm Dying Up Here is good, dirty fun. And no drink minimum!
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