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Showtime® Gives Life To "I'm Dying Up Here"

August 11, 2015 – SHOWTIME will produce a new one-hour pilot from executive producer Jim Carrey entitled I’M DYING UP HERE.  Written and executive produced by former stand-up comedian Dave Flebotte (Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives, The Bernie Mac Show), and set among the famous Hollywood comedy clubs of the era, the dark comedy pilot will delve into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh. Scheduled to shoot this fall, I’M DYING UP HERE will center within L.A.’s celebrated and infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s. In addition to Carrey and Flebotte, the pilot will also be executive produced by Michael Aguilar (The Departed, Semi-Pro) and Christina Wayne (Copper). The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc.

“The 1970s L.A. comedy scene gave rise to some of the biggest and most influential performers of the last half-century,” said Nevins.  “Who better than Jim Carrey and Dave Flebotte, who were both there, to tell the story of that special era along with the complicated and talented performers that dared to grab an open mic.”

The 70’s was the golden age of comics in L.A., during which the careers of most of our comedy superstars began. Based on the non-fiction novel by William Knoedelseder, the pilot will be directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies) and produced by Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

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