Executive produced by Jim Carrey, I’m Dying Up Here follows up-and-coming comedians in Los Angeles in the 1970s, who are mentored by “Goldie” (Melissa Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love. Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler, Al Madrigal, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino star as the main stand-ups at the club.
Nordling will play Eli Goldman, a member of Goldie’s inner circle. Babatundé will portray Barton Royce, a comedy manager.
Michael Angarano and Clark Duke play ballsy young comedians from Boston who move to L.A. with the hopes of making it big. Alfred Molina, Sebastian Stan, Robert Forster, Jon Daly, Dylan Baker, Brianne Howey, Ginger Gonzaga and Cathy Moriarty guest star.
APA-repped Nordling will be seen in HBO’s upcoming limited series Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, He was a series regular on Desperate Housewives and recurred on Killer Women, Rake and Arrow, and also will be seen opposite Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming feature Sully.
Babatundé won a 2016 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer In a Drama Series for The Bold And The Beautiful and also received a supporting actor Primetime Emmy nomination for Miss Evers’ Boys. He’s repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Margie Weiner Management.
Produced by Showtime, I’m Dying Up Here is written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Carrey and Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne for Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment. The pilot was directed by Jonathan Levine.