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Mitzi Shore, founder of stand-up mecca The Comedy Store, dies at 87

Mitzi Shore, founder of stand-up mecca The Comedy Store, dies at 87”

Mitzi Shore, the mother of actor Pauly Shore and longtime operator of The Comedy Store - where numerous biggest names in comedy launched their careers - died Wednesday at age 87.

"We're like a school, or a boxers' gym", is how Shore described the club in a 1994 Los Angeles Times interview. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy.

Mitzi's Comedy Store was the launching pad for some of the biggest comics in the world, including Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Arsenio Hall and Roseanne Barr.

Mitzi Shore took over operations of The Comedy Store in 1974 when she divorced her husband Sammy Shore, who co-founded the club two years earlier.

According to the Los Angeles Times, The Comedy Store was essentially a fifth child for Mitzi Shore, who took over at a time when it was still considered a "variety room" with different types of entertainment.

While a report from TMZ listed Mitzi Shore's cause of death as an "unknown" neurological disorder that she had been battling for years, the Los Angeles Times wrote that she had specifically been dealing with Parkinson's disease in the final years of her life.

She had a reputation as a mother like figure for the aspiring comedians. "She had this place where we could all come and be silly and make mistakes and have fun and go home with a waitress".

Whitney Cummings, "I love you Mitzi Shore". Check that out below, along with reactions from comics like Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, and more.

Eddie Griffin, "She got me off the streets gave me a place to stay I worked 2 jobs; doorman & paid comic. Give em the Light!" She also served as an inspiration for Melissa Leo's comedy club owner in I'm Dying Up Here, the Showtime series about stand-up comedy in the "70s". She was a woman in a male dominated business who pulled no punches, something I always admired.



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