Tom Hanks making movie about Leno and Letterman

By | January 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | 7 comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Tom HanksIn the midst of NBC’s highly-publicized late night shuffle, development is underway on a movie about several of the players involved. William Knoedelseder‘s book, I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy’s Golden Era is being adapted for the screen by Playtone, Tom Hanks’ production company.

The story focuses on The Comedy Store, LA’s premiere comedy club during the 70’s and 80’s and the venue where Jay Leno, David Letterman, Tim Allen, Richard Lewis and countless others had their breaks. The club was run by the controversial Mitzi Shore, who, though nurturing of comedic talent, had a policy of not paying her club’s performers. Miffed by their lack of compensation, a large number of comedians angrily went on strike, changing the scene forever. No word yet on timing or who will play who.

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  • steve bluestein

    Gee. I wonder who will play me?

  • robert

    Very intersting book. Should be a good movie, and hanks always does a good job.

  • Frank

    no way! i loved this book i just read it a few months ago. i was thinking it would be fun to see a movie of it

  • Evan W.

    I interviewed Bill Knoedelseder about this book on my radio show, Am I Right?? He’s quite an interesting guy and we had a great hour comparing his experiences in 1970s LA comedy to those of people who are trying to make it there now.

    You can check it out here:

  • Justa Notherguy

    For readers too young to recall – or, perhaps, just not interested in late night TV, back then – it might help your understanding of the current Leno vs O’Brien mess if you get some background on the original Leno vs Letterman feud. Here’s the full story of how Jay Leno took over the ‘The Tonight Show’ hosting gig from long-time host Johnny Carson, way back in 1993.
    . (complete article – NY Times; 1994)

  • Chelcie

    YES!! This was an awesome book and it really should be made into a movie.

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