The BEST episodes of I'm Dying Up Here

Every episode of I'm Dying Up Here ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of I'm Dying Up Here!

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.

Last Updated: 9/1/2023Network: ShowtimeStatus: Ended
Creative Indifferences
194 votes

#1 - Creative Indifferences

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/13/2017

Goldie forces Cassie to take sides. Adam has an epic set, but shows Ralph up in the process. Ron helps Eddie get revenge. Nick discovers a new path. A shocking event changes everything for Goldie and her comics. Season finale.

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Lines Crossed
69 votes

#2 - Lines Crossed

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/8/2018

Ralph and Adam's bad news comes with a silver lining.

Directors: Adam Davidson
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My Rifle, My Pony and Me
199 votes

#3 - My Rifle, My Pony and Me

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/23/2017

Goldie learns she may have misjudged her relationship with Eli; Eddie helps Cassie hone her material, but he has ulterior motives; Ralph and Edgar's unforgettable road trip ends badly; Bill helps Nick with a problem from his past.

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Plus One
80 votes

#4 - Plus One

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/13/2018

Goldie contends with her daughter Amanda's vow of silence; Adam tags along with Ron to "Soul Train" and meets the show's producer; Cassie travels home to Texas for a wedding, where she faces some difficult choices from her past.

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The Unbelievable Power of Believing
203 votes

#5 - The Unbelievable Power of Believing

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/30/2017

A disastrous meeting causes Nick to reevaluate his relationship with girlfriend Tawny; Maggie gives Ron a self-help book that provides him with temporary superpowers; Barton proposes a deal with Goldie's rival Teddy.

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Sugar and Spice
224 votes

#6 - Sugar and Spice

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/25/2017

Goldie's ex-husband shows up and asks her for a favor. A female fan shows her love for Eddie in an unusual fashion. When Bill takes Cassie to an exclusive party at the Riot House, she has a revelation. Adam meets his comedy idol. Cassie wrestles with what it means to be a woman in the comedy world.

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197 votes

#7 - Lingchi

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/6/2017

Goldie grapples with Marty and Eli over creative control; the comics rally around Bill; Nick is forced to make a fateful decision after being given an ultimatum from his agent; Barton and Teddy's scheming could spell disaster for Adam.

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Girls Are Funny, Too
206 votes

#8 - Girls Are Funny, Too

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/16/2017

Nick gets a life-changing booking; Adam questions Barton about his unusual accommodations; Bill tags along with Sully on a sales call that doesn't end well; Eddie and Ron go on a painful double date; Goldie and Eli sell a comedy special that affects Cassie.

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Heroes and Villains
73 votes

#9 - Heroes and Villains

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/3/2018

Edgar and Arnie expand their enterprise. Adam runs his material by Ralph, who takes it to a producer friend. Ron fosters a new relationship. Bill butts heads with a desperate Edgar. Nick uses Goldie’s stage as a confessional with unexpected results. Goldie and Roy argue over parenthood. Cassie and Eddie get a glimpse of the extremes that come with being Roy Martin.

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The Mattresses
91 votes

#10 - The Mattresses

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/27/2018

Goldie asks Roy to perform at a telethon, but he and Eddie skip out to deal with Roy’s financial troubles. Cassie starts to doubt her relationship with Eddie. Ralph and Adam collect on a long overdue debt. Nick and Dawn get surprised by unwanted guests who drop by Goldie’s. The comics stage an intervention for Fitzy, which Ron spins into a party.

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Between Us
74 votes

#11 - Between Us

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/10/2018

Adam and Ralph get some good news. Goldie calls Amanda's bluff. Ron tries to salvage good will from employees and coworkers. Bill helps Nick face legal trouble. Eddie receives a tough lesson in love from Roy. Cassie bonds with Dawn.

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Bete Noire
76 votes

#12 - Bete Noire

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/20/2018

Goldie is rattled by a break in. New comic Dawn Lima takes the main stage. Edgar and Arnie stumble upon a risky money-making enterprise. Nick moves in with Bill. Ron’s sitcom stardom brings unexpected repercussions, while Eddie writes jokes for his idol Roy’s Tonight Show appearance.

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Call Me a Ham
73 votes

#13 - Call Me a Ham

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/17/2018

Goldie agrees to a favor for Ron. Arnie warns Edgar that Goldie is onto them. Ralph and Adam approach Dawn with an opportunity. Amanda gets Eddie in hot water. Cassie helps out Nick, a favor she might come to regret.

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Now You See Me, Now You Don't
75 votes

#14 - Now You See Me, Now You Don't

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/24/2018

A discontented Bill is asked to headline for an absent Roy. Nick and Eddie are presented with new opportunities. Amanda makes a shocking declaration. Cassie oversteps after a night out with Dawn.

Directors: Cindy Chupack
Writer: Peter Elkoff
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Deathbed Confessions
69 votes

#15 - Deathbed Confessions

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/1/2018

Roy’s lack of improvement puts Goldie in a tight spot. Arnie is forced to bow out of a gig with Edgar. Bill’s frustration with Goldie builds. Ron catches up with Maggie. Nick helps Cassie in his quest for forgiveness. Adam and Ralph weigh their options. Amanda may have accidentally thrown a wrench into Goldie’s plans.

Directors: Jessica Yu
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The Return
205 votes

#16 - The Return

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/9/2017

Goldie pitches an idea at her weekly poker game, which Eli believes he can sell. Nick returns after a long and mysterious hiatus, causing friction between Cassie and Bill. Adam starts a new handyman job and quickly learns there's more to the gig than was promised. A visit from Ralph's Vietnam buddy forces him to confront things better left buried.

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Gone with the Wind
89 votes

#17 - Gone with the Wind

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/6/2018

Goldie looks to expand her comedy empire with the help of a friend, while her estranged daughter Amanda resurfaces; Cassie awaits the premiere of her comedy special; Ralph, Nick and Bill hit the road on a comedy tour.

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Midnight Special
270 votes

#18 - Midnight Special

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/11/2017

Goldie taps Bill, Ralph and Edgar for an industry showcase at the club. When Bill lands a coveted spot on 'Midnight Special,' his cantankerous father and sister fly in for the show, leading to surprising family drama. Adam is invited to help Goldie with some handyman work at her house and becomes one of the few people allowed inside her personal life.

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The Cost of a Free Buffet
246 votes

#19 - The Cost of a Free Buffet

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/18/2017

After defying Goldie, Edgar tries desperately to get back into her good graces. Cassie tests out some controversial new material, to mixed reviews. Adam, Eddie and Ron join forces to take down a ventriloquist. Bill tries to keep his father and sister entertained on their vacation. Goldie is forced to make a tough decision when her oldest friend Judy comes to town.

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406 votes

#20 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/4/2017

The stand-ups at L.A.'s primo comedy club, run by the formidable Goldie, react to rising star Clay Appuzzo's big appearance on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' in unexpected ways. Comics Cassie and Bill are most affected. Eager to join L.A.'s burgeoning comedy scene, 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 Carl.

Directors: Jonathan Levine
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