Parents need to know that I'm Dying Up Here is a mature and often quite dark series about the rise of the stand-up comedy scene in the 1970s. Many of the jokes are very mature, targeting subjects such as masturbation, various types of sex, rape, abortions, race, and politics; they may provide conversation starters for parents who view with teens, but they're not appropriate for younger viewers. Comics are seen smoking joints and cigarettes, snorting cocaine, and drinking; in clubs, every table has a few drinks on it, and comics drink and get drunk, sloppy, and mean. Characters have sex, including oral sex; no private parts are seen, but there's some frank talk. In a vignette set in a strip bar, a woman is seen fully nude; men and women are nude from the rear in another scene. Religious leaders pay a man to masturbate in front of them; the camera cuts away after he unzips his pants and reaches in. A woman is heckled onstage and asked to show her "tits" and suck an audience member's "dick." Cursing and off-color language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "a--hole," "c--ks--ker," "blow job," "prick," "nuts," and "douche bag." Violence is rare but shocking when it occurs: A character is suddenly hit by a bus and thrown into the street; while his body lies in the street, a women steals his wallet.