Did Melissa Leo ever do any stand-up comedy, like a lot of other stars, when she was starting her career?
A: No. But the Oscar winner plays Goldie Herschlag, the owner of a comedy club in I’m Dying
Up Here, premiering tonight on Showtime, from executive producer Jim Carrey—who is a former stand-up comedian. The closest she came was attending a comedy class early in her career. “It was terrifying. I did not return,” says Leo, 56. I’m Dying Up Here is a rather serious drama about a group of comedians trying to break into the L.A. comedy scene of the 1970s.