Comedians struggle to make it big in the Los Angeles comedy scene of the 1970s. In the opener, stand-ups at L.A'.s primo comedy club react to a rising star's appearance on 'The Tonight Show'. Meanwhile, Boston transplants Eddie and Ron are surprised by their unorthodox accommodations; and young up-and-comer Adam is forced into a compromising situation by his manager.
Set in the celebrated and infamous L.A. stand-up comedy scene of the '70s, where the careers of most comedy superstars began, 'I'm Dying Up Here' delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh. The series is based on William Knoedelseder's book of the same name.