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  • Summary: Executive produced by Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar, Christina Wayne and writer Dave Flebotte, the dark comedy set in 1970 Los Angeles focuses on comedy club owner “Goldie” (Melissa Leo) and the group of comedians she mentors was based on the nonfiction fiction book by William Knoedelsederm.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Jun 5, 2017
    91
    I’m Dying Up Here convincingly recreates both a period and the primal scream existence of would-be star comedians who seem to most enjoy trading very barbed insults during frequent gatherings at a local diner.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 1, 2017
    85
    Not all the historical references will resonate for a younger audience, but the palpable desire to break through, juvenile pranks and constant barrage of one-liners -- on stage and off -- should make this relatable even for those who don't fully appreciate the terror of having to follow a young Richard Pryor on stage.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jun 5, 2017
    70
    Like the comedians, the scripts try too hard. Once the stage is set (and those conceits are out of the way), I’m Dying starts to breathe and draw us in.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 2, 2017
    60
    In its imperfect stab at capturing the ’70s, the show never stops resembling a bad costume party, as if HBO held a fire sale after its extravagantly doomed record-label drama “Vinyl” was canceled and “I’m Dying Up Here” bought up the entire stock. It seems HBO threw in “Vinyl’s” structural and tonal problems free of charge.
  5. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Jun 2, 2017
    58
    In I’m Dying Up Here’s attempts to reflect a diversity of experiences within the pursuit of creative satisfaction, it sometimes feels like everyone is working at the same club that’s located in parallel universes.
  6. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    May 31, 2017
    50
    Its characters are, for the most part, fictional composites. And too often, a number of them are a good deal less interesting than the show’s version of Pryor.
  7. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    May 31, 2017
    25
    The comics’ jokes aren’t funny. Because of that, we don’t buy into their talent and can’t get invested in their journey. And as soon as they step offstage, any semblance of humor dries up completely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 16, 2018
    8
    Great period piece when comedy was changing hands between the more straight laced Carson-esque comedy and the newer, out there style of modernGreat period piece when comedy was changing hands between the more straight laced Carson-esque comedy and the newer, out there style of modern comedy. I like how it shows the various paths comics will take to find their own piece of fame. The off stage banter between the comics are often where the real comedy is found with this show; otherwise this is very much a drama of people struggling to find their own path to stardom. Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2017
    8
    I'm a big stand up comedy fan so I like the concept. I do think there are too many characters and the show should concentrate more on one. ButI'm a big stand up comedy fan so I like the concept. I do think there are too many characters and the show should concentrate more on one. But definitely has potential. Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2017
    8
    Just saw the pilot. Some reviews lead me to expect a show that was dour and humorless in its offstage moments, but it's actually a sharp,Just saw the pilot. Some reviews lead me to expect a show that was dour and humorless in its offstage moments, but it's actually a sharp, witty series onstage and off, with a terrific performance by Melissa Leo as Goldie. And while yes, it reminds me of Vinyl, it's not nearly as over-the-top in presentation and while I was in high school back then and only remember how suburban high schoolers dressed, it's certainly true to the look of early 70s movies. Expand
  4. Jun 4, 2017
    0
    I'm dying up here meet Vinyl, Vinyl meet I'm dying up here. Same show same problems. Weird view of the early 70's. Not everything wasI'm dying up here meet Vinyl, Vinyl meet I'm dying up here. Same show same problems. Weird view of the early 70's. Not everything was "groovy or mod" looking, sorry I was there. Same weird filming filters on the camera. Hey morons we know it's the 70;s but my 2017 4K HDTV 65" TV says it's friggin 2017. Same too many characters I can't follow and really don't give a F about. Same fate awaits, save yourself some grief, wait to see if this gets picked up in a few seasons then binge watch them then. Expand

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