Founder Of US Comedy Store Mitzi Shore Dies

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Mitzi Shore

Mitzi Shore, the owner of the influential comedy club The Comedy Store and the "godmother" of the Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. "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. "We will all miss her dearly".

The Comedy Store will continue on without Shore, though the exact details of who will control the legendary property remain somewhat unclear.

I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store.

Mitzi Shore's son, comedian Pauly Shore, reported on Twitter that his mother passed away before 5 a.m. For decades she was an icon in popular culture, an unapologetic businesswoman in a male-dominated industry, an uncanny scout of talent, and a compassionate "second mother" to many struggling young comedians. "I love you. You will always be in my heart". Awaiting more information, but her passing was confirmed in a statement by The Comedy Store. Shore co-founded the club in 1972 with her then-husband Sammy Shore, and later became its owner. "She nurtured us. She grew me from somebody who barely could do a five-minute set, to becoming a headliner, to making movies, television, appearing at the White House", Smirnoff says.

In addition to offering comics a place to perform, Ms. Shore dispensed advice and guidance and occasionally offered her performers a place to sleep. Mitzi Shore, during her time at The Comedy Store, gave many now world-famous comedians a place to start. She would eventually agree to pay nearly all comics that took the stage, but the club suffered in the wake of that bad P.R., as well as the opening of the Improv just down the street.

Besides Pauly Shore, Mitzi is survived by three other children: Peter, Scott, and Sandy. I find it still to be the Mecca of comedy.

Oswalt posted: "RIP Mitzi Shore". As such, plenty of big names in comedy have taken to social media to share their thoughts on her passing. 'You're a poet. You should wear a scarf on stage.'" Tom Arnold wrote that The Comedy Store "was a palace & Richard Pryor & Robin Williams were heroes we fantasized about to make it through long days.

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