Ruh, ruh, ruh, really. Jim Carrey is heading to the TV circuit and from the sounds of his latest project, we kind of can’t wait. But let’s back up a second, shall we?
First, the bad news. Just because Carrey is producing a new TV series, doesn’t mean that he’s actually going to appear in it – at least not just yet. That’s probably because the show itself revolves around a whole other cast, and he’ll want to let them establish themselves first. But we’re still holding out hope that he’ll appear in at least one episode of the straight-to-series order.
Now, the good news. The project, I’m Dying Up Here, is based on the early days of Carrey’s life, when he travelled from Canada to Los Angeles as a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed teen hoping to make it big in Hollywood. Obviously it took a while for the future Ace Ventura: Pet Detective star to strike it super big, despite being cast early on in series like In Living Color and a number of B-movies. So, we’re assuming there will be lots of fun fodder to explore on the show.
The limited series will come to Showtime probably sometime later next year (it was only just announced, after all), and it will undoubtedly appear on CraveTV as well, thanks to a deal between the two entities.
Basically, I’m Dying Up Here revolves around the comedy scene in L.A. during the ’70s, and is going to try and tackle the dark psyches of wannabe comedians during that time. It’s as much based on the book of the same name by William Knoedelseder as it is Carrey’s experiences.
It all goes down in the backdrop of a comedy club, as owned by a character played by Oscar winner Melissa Leo. Clark Duke, Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino also star in the dark comedy.
Carrey or not, we’re on board. After all, there are no darker minds around than the minds of comedians.