The BEST Episodes of I'm Dying Up Here

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Network: Showtime

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.

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Creative Indifferences

#1 - Creative Indifferences

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 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.

star 8.08
205 votes
Lines Crossed

#2 - Lines Crossed

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 8, 2018

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

star 7.94
70 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Dave Flebotte
Plus One

#3 - Plus One

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired May 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.

star 7.90
81 votes
My Rifle, My Pony and Me

#4 - My Rifle, My Pony and Me

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.87
211 votes
The Unbelievable Power of Believing

#5 - The Unbelievable Power of Believing

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.85
216 votes
Sugar and Spice

#6 - Sugar and Spice

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.85
247 votes
Girls Are Funny, Too

#7 - Girls Are Funny, Too

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.76
221 votes
The Mattresses

#8 - The Mattresses

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 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.

star 7.76
93 votes

#9 - Lingchi

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 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.

star 7.76
208 votes
Heroes and Villains

#10 - Heroes and Villains

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.72
75 votes
Bete Noire

#11 - Bete Noire

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 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.

star 7.70
79 votes
Between Us

#12 - Between Us

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.64
78 votes
Call Me a Ham

#13 - Call Me a Ham

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.64
75 votes
Now You See Me, Now You Don't

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

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.64
77 votes
Directors: Cindy Chupack
Writers: Peter Elkoff
The Return

#15 - The Return

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.58
225 votes
Midnight Special

#16 - Midnight Special

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.54
306 votes
Deathbed Confessions

#17 - Deathbed Confessions

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.52
71 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Cindy Chupack
The Cost of a Free Buffet

#18 - The Cost of a Free Buffet

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.52
276 votes
Gone with the Wind

#19 - Gone with the Wind

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 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.

star 7.46
90 votes

#20 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.24
459 votes
Directors: Jonathan Levine
Writers: Dave Flebotte