Comedy Store Founder Mitzi Shore Dies

Comedy Store Owner Mitzi Shore Dead at 87

Comedy Store Owner Mitzi Shore Dead at 87

Mitzi Shore, the founder of the Los Angeles Comedy Store who had a huge influence on a generation of comedians, has died at the age of 87. Her four children all survive her.

Marc Maron described the club as "a demonic home away from home for a lot of people".

No cause was given, but Pauly Shore had been tweeting in recent days that she had been in hospice, and legal documents filed by her family said she had Parkinson's disease and other neurological problems.

"It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we report the passing of Mitzi Shore", The Comedy Store tweeted.

Griffin wrote on Twitter: "Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count..."

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.


At the Comedy Club, Shore famously did not pay her comics, insisting the club provided training to hone their craft, along with exposure to industry insiders. "It is a sin to encourage mediocre talent", read a plaque she kept on her desk.

As the proprietor of the Sunset Strip's legendary Comedy Store, Shore launched a who's who list of comedy A-listers, including former "Late Night" host David Letterman, who once referred to her as a "den mother" to comedy's greats.

Joe Rogan called her leadership of The Comedy Store "one of the most important things in the history of stand-up comedy, and I will forever be in her debt".

"I love you Mitzi Shore".

I translated some of my jokes from Russian into English and lined up a showcase at the Comedy Store so he could see me perform, but the producer ultimately couldn't make it. "Mitzi Shore created a place that was safe for us as comedians to share our ideas on stage in front of an audience", comedian and actor Chris D'Elia says. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. Richard Pryor made use of The Comedy Store, developing material for his hit double-album, Wanted: Live in Concert at the famed spot. "She was a woman in a male dominated business who pulled no punches". RIP, Mitzi Shore. You can check out other tributes to Shore from Twitter for yourself below. The couple had four children: Pauly and his three siblings, Peter, Scott and Sandy.

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