Showtime’s comedy “I’m Dying Up Here” has added a slew of guest stars to the cast of the one-hour pilot.
“The Good Wife’s” recurring player Dylan Baker has been cast as Johnny Carson. Baker’s work on the CBS legal drama, playing Colin Sweeney, earned him three Emmy nominations for outstanding guest actor in a drama series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Also cast in guest roles are Robert Forster, who will guest star as Guy Appuzo, the father of Clay (played by Sebastian Stan); Cathy Moriarty, who will play Clay’s mother, Angie Appuzo; Alfred Molina who will play Carl, a mediocre talent manager whose client is Adam (played by RJ Cyler); Al Madrigal, who will play Edgar Martinez, a loose cannon comedian who lives in his own world and loves to party; and Jon Daly, who’s been cast as Arnie, a struggling comic who does a bit of everything at the club.
The new guests join Oscar winner Melissa Leo, who will star in the project from exec producer Jim Carrey, along with the previously announced Clark Duke, Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Stephen Guarino, Cyler and Sebastian Stan.
“I’m Dying Up Here,” based on a non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder, will explore the inspired and damaged psyches of the comedy superstars who launched their careers in the infamous L.A. stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s.
Carrey serves as an exec producer along with former standup comedian Dave Flebotte who wrote the pilot, plus Michael Aguilar (“The Departed”) and Christina Wayne (“Copper”).