I cannot say I’m surprised. Or that anyone else is surprised to learn this week that Showtime had cancelled I’m Dying Up Here after two seasons.
The series, based on the non-fiction book of the same title about The Comedy Store and the 1970s comedy boom in Los Angeles, gave lots of cameos and meaty roles to stand-up comedians.
And yet, the viewers never came, nor stuck around.
I’m Dying Up Here averaged 143,000 in live and same day viewing in season one, and only ticked up slightly to 180,000 per episode in season two.
Jim Carrey’s role as an executive producer, while also starring in the new Showtime series Kidding, couldn’t save it, either.