I watched the first episode of the Show Time series, I’m Dying Up Here. It was entertaining but I had to arrest the tendency to compare what is portrayed to what I remember from actually being at the Comedy Store during the Standup Comedy boom of the seventies, eighties and nineties.
The series is based on the book by Bill Knoedelseder who covered the Comedy Beat for the LA Times during that period. The piece is quite dark, to say the least, and the show takes dramatic liberties out of necessity. But I’m hoping to see some of the lighter funnier moments depicted as well.
Don’t get me wrong; Comedy in many ways is the result of tragedy and is the much needed respite from the harsh realities of life. But come on! Bring the FUNNY! We need the funny with all that darkness!
Guy goes on the Carson show, gets the couch! The couch is when Johnny calls you over to sit with him while he tells the whole world how great you are; career maker! Then he gets run over by a bus and his ex girlfriend gives his grieving mother a case of Crabs! REALLY!!?
I believe “Dying” can be a really great show but call the Bradster for the punch up! Cause life is too serious not to laugh.