Parents' Guide to

I'm Dying Up Here

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Affecting, sharp series has drugs, sex, dirty jokes.

TV Showtime Comedy 2017
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Gossipy, occasionally downbeat, and very, very funny, this irresistible series set in stand-up's golden age is even more fun than watching a crackling 10-minute set. Comics are often flawed and deeply unhappy people; we know this from watching named-after-their-stars series such as Louie, Maron, and even Seinfeld, and those are examples of successful comedians. These comics, who live in five-to-a-room apartments, go without meals, and humbly beg for unpaid stage appearances, are on a much lower tier of the entertainment world, each trying to move up while shoving everyone else they know off the merry-go-round.

One comic captures the zeitgeist in a bitter speech in I'm Dying Up Here's first episode: "Every other comic's success ... is one more we didn't get." This is not a team pulling together; it's about bitter rivals all jockeying for the same faraway brass ring. But what fun to watch them struggle in the meantime, playing crappy clubs, handling hecklers, scratching for a living, and cracking jokes the whole time. These comics may be mostly going nowhere fast -- except for the few destined to catch the breaks -- but there are enough swift jokes to make the struggle a lot of fun to watch.

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