Erik Griffin is as widely recognized as a comedy actor as he is a standup comedian, having been a series regular, playing Montez Walker, on the popular Comedy Central series Workaholics. Those worlds will collide when I’m Dying Up Here premieres this June on Showtime. It’s a show based on the book of the same name, and is centered on the Los Angeles comedy scene of the 1970s. “I think they’re separate,” he says of the two disciplines, “but they’re very similar in application. When you’re acting, you have a scene partner and it’s really a lot of communication.” Standup is similar in that way. “I have to really listen to the crowd. Are they laughing? Are they listening? Are they getting what I’m saying? You have this big, huge scene partner called the audience, and it’s full of people. So you have to find a balance and, in that way, it’s very similar to acting.” 18+; 21+ later shows.