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Jim Carrey is a comedic legend but, similar to fellow comedic legend Eddie Murphy, he has not been able to sustain the success he had as a comedic actor in the past to the present day. Still, he is working in the entertainment industry to a greater extent than Eddie Murphy is.
Indeed, Jim Carrey served as an executive producer on the television show I’m Dying Up Here and he also has a starring role in a new TV show called Kidding. The creator of Kidding is Dave Holstein and, in an interview with Collider, he had the chance to speak about the show as well as Jim Carrey.
Dave Holstein had this to say on how to describe Kidding when, for example, pitching it to people at networks:
“I didn’t. You couldn’t describe it. I just wrote it, as a spec script. I didn’t even try to pitch it ‘cause that was never gonna go well. The show is an exercise in fuck you creativity. We just want to make something unique. There are 500 shows on television. I don’t want to write 501.”
“There’s just too much out there that’s all the same, and if I tried to pitch this, it would come across as Mr. Rogers becomes Bad Santa, or something that just sounds terrible, and that’s not the show. The show is an existential comedy about the duality of man.”
“How do you pitch that? You can’t. You don’t do that. But what you do is get a bunch of people who are just as ambitious and just as weird and just as happy to make strong choices that not everyone’s gonna get, and hope that, at the end of the day, you’ve hit a bunch of home runs and didn’t burn your house down.”
Dave Holstein said this on when Jim Carrey became involved with Kidding:
“There were probably far more moments when he was definitely not gonna do it […] It had been in Jim’s orbit for a long time. You constantly check in and you’re like, ‘So, has he read it yet?’ After over a year and a half, that becomes, ‘Can you please just ask him to pass on the script?” Eventually, you’re like, “It’s never gonna happen.’”
“I remember being in the writers’ room for I’m Dying Up Here Season 2 […] some writer asked how the show was doing, and I was like, ‘Don’t even get me started!’ Jim’s producing partner was in the writers’ room, and he made the slightest twitch that something was going on, so it being a writers’ room, everyone was like, ‘You’ve gotta tell us. There are no secrets in the writers’ room.’”
“I knew that was gonna get unhealthy, so I said, ‘Whatever, it’s fine.’ Then, I called him after work and I said, ‘You’ve gotta tell me.’ And he said, ‘Well, Jim has been reticent to do television because, from his perspective, that’s not where movie stars go to work. It’s where they go to die. But Michel Gondry read the script and he loves it and he wants to do it, and if he does it, Jim’s gonna do it. So, what are you doing on Sunday?’”
“That was after years and years and years of pushing that boulder up the hill. So, to answer your question, there was a moment, and it was a pretty awesome moment.”
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