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Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan to star in Jim Carrey-produced comedy pilot for Showtime

By Karen Butler
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Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan to star in Jim Carrey-produced comedy pilot for Showtime
Melissa Leo wins the outstanding guest actress for a comedy series Emmy at the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, 2013. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI Leo is to co-star in the Showtime comedy pilot "I'm Dying Up Here." | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan and Clark Duke have joined the ensemble of the new one-hour comedy pilot I'm Dying Up Here, Showtime announced.

The trio joins previously announced cast members Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, R.J. Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino.

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If the pilot is picked up to series, Leo and Duke would appear as show regulars, while Stan would guest star, the cable television network said in a news release.

Leo will play the role of Goldie, a "brassy comedy-club owner, who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love," the press notes said. "Stan will play Clay, a funny, charming comedian on the rise, who declares irrelevancy as his biggest fear. He is idolized by his ex and fellow comedian Cassie [played by Graynor]. Duke will play Larry, a ballsy young comedian from Boston who moves to L.A. with the hopes of making it big."

Set in the 1970s, Los Angeles, stand-up comedy scene, I'm Dying Up Here is written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte, and executive produced by Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne. The pilot will be directed by Jonathan Levine.

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