Jim Carrey says he’s ‘lucky to be alive’
Los Angeles, Calif. – Jim Carrey talk about his life to help support the upcoming Showtime show “I’m Dying Up Here” about stand-up comedy in the ‘70s, but the comedian is fulfilled working behind-the-scenes at this stage in his life.
“I had so many incredible experiences. I’m lucky to be alive, really,” he stated during a press panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
Though the series, is all about stand-up comedy when asked the question if he would ever return to the stand up stage he was clear that he wasn’t interested.
“I’m in the process of shedding layers of persona at this time in my life,” Carrey, who is an executive producer for the series, said. “So I’m very happy to here for these guys and watch these guys enter this world and create these characters who are looking to create a cadence and a persona and something that will draw people’s attention to them…”
He spoke how “The Tonight Show” changed his career in a big way.
“At that time there was a beam that could catapult people to the stars, and that was ‘The Tonight Show,’” he said. “We all gathered around the heat of that. … If Johnny liked me it meant something to me, that I’m not only good at what I do but he thinks I’m intelligent and likes to talk to me.”
Carrey, age 54, also touch on the subject on the current climate in America, hinting President-elect Donald Trump without directly mentioning him.
Jim Carrey also said that spirituality has helped him through bouts of depression, and helped him to engage with the world from a more loving place.
“We are about to be blessed in a major way,” he told the crowd. “Because every seemingly horrible and devastating thing that happens to us gives birth to something beautiful and that’s just the way it is and it’s a drag to have to go through it to get to it but that’s just the way it is.”
“I understood suddenly how thought was just an illusory thing, and how thought is responsible for, if not all, most of the suffering we experience. And then I suddenly felt that I was looking at these thoughts from another perspective, and I thought, ‘Who is it that is aware that I’m thinking?’ Suddenly, I was thrown into this expansive, amazing feeling of freedom — from myself, from my problems. I saw that I was bigger than what I do, bigger than my body, everything and everyone. I was no longer a fragment of the universe. I was the universe.”
The show is also based on William Knoedelseder’s book “I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era.” It premieres June 4th.
Set in LA’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, I’m Dying Up Here delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh. From Executive Producer Jim Carrey, starring Melissa Leo. Don’t miss the series premiere Sunday, June 4th at 10PM ET/PT.