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Comedy Store Founder Mitzi Shore Dead At Age 87

Comedy Store Founder Mitzi Shore Dead At Age 87”

Mitzi Shore, founder and owner of Los Angeles's famed Comedy Store club, died Wednesday morning at the age of 87, according to a statement from The Comedy Store.

Numerous most famous, successful, and influential American stand-ups since the late '70s owe their careers to Shore and her Comedy Store.

The Store will be closed Wednesday.

Pauly Shore told TMZ she had been in hospice care for a while, and took her to the Comedy Store on Monday to say goodbye.

The comedy club also shared news of her passing in an Instagram message: "It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we report the passing of Mitzi Shore. Mitzi was an extraordinary woman and leader who identified, cultivated and celebrated comedy's best performers", read a tweet on The Comedy Store's Twitter page. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy.

Shore took over the club in 1974 after she won it in a divorce settlement from the comedian Sammy Shore, who co-founded it with comedy writer Rudy De Luca.

Carrey created the US TV series I'm Dying Up Here, based on his early stand-up days, with Melissa Leo's character Goldie Herschlag is said to be modelled on Shore.

While Shore was a beloved figure on the comedy scene, her tenure as Comedy Store owner wasn't without controversy; an infamous strike broke out in 1979 over a pay dispute, and wasn't settled until six weeks later when she agreed to pay comics $25 a set on weekends and weekdays.

"All fellow comedians let mom Mitzi know how honored you are for her letting you develop your craft at [The Comedy Store]", he wrote last week.

Fellow comic Al Madrigal added: 'RIP Mitzi Shore - She was and will forever be the most innovative and influential person in stand up comedy. Mitzi - Love you, you're impossible to follow'.



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