Showtime has pulled the plug on I’m Dying Up Here after only two seasons.
The show was based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder and followed a fictionalized group of stand up comedians in LA in the ‘70s. Among its executive producer was funny man Jim Carrey but that didn’t save the show from being canceled. The network confirmed the news Friday evening.
Starring in the show were Oscar winner Melissa Leo, who played the comedy club owner, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, RJ Cyler, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Al Madrigal, and Jake Lacy. Jon Daly, Nicole Ari Parker, Xosha Roquemore, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Brad Garrett starred in recurring roles in Season 2.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show was never ratings hit, with Season 1 averaging fewer than 150,000 viewers, making it one of the network’s lowest-rated series. Season 2 boasted higher numbers after being paired with the higher-rated Billions but is still only averaged 180,000 viewers.
Carrey will continue doing business with Showtime starring and serving as exec producer on the new series Kidding.