Nicole Ari Parker is set for a recurring role on the second season of Showtime drama series I’m Dying Up Here.

Created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey and Michael Aguilar, the fictional I’m Dying Up Here, based on the book by William Knoedelseder, explores L.A.’s famed ’70s stand-up comedy scene. It delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of a fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians mentored by Goldie (Melissa Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love.

Parker will play Gloria Whitfield, a recently divorced, successful and well-respected producer of Soul Train who becomes romantically entangled with one of the comics. Owen will portray Amanda Robbins, Goldie’s estranged, troubled daughter. After running away from home when she was 17, Amanda reappears in Goldie’s life and exposes her mother’s Achilles heel at the most inopportune time.

In addition to Leo, the ensemble cast includes Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, RJ Cyler, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Al Madrigalnd, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Jake Lacy.

Parker is known for her breakout role on the Showtime hit series Soul Food. Since then she has starred in classic films such as Dancing in September written and directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood, Brown Sugar directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Malcolm D. Lee’s Welcome Home Roscoe JenkinsKing’s Ransom directed by Jeff Byrd, and 35 and Ticking written and directed by Russ Parr. Most recently, she was a recurring cast member on the FOX series Rosewood alongside Morris Chestnut, and was most recently seen on the big screen in Universal Pictures’ holiday film Almost Christmas alongside Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union and Mo’Nique and TV One’s original film Downsized in which she stars opposite husband Boris Kodjoe.  She currently recurs on Fox’s Empire and most recently played Vanessa Anders on ABC’s Time After Time.



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