Comedy Store founder, owner Mitzi Shore dead at 87

Mitzi Shore is seen in an undated file

Shore, who is the mother of former MTV host Pauly Shore, had been battling Parkinson's disease before her death, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

Mitzi Shore, the co-founder of the Comedy Store, which gave many legendary comedians their start, passed away Wednesday at the age of 87.

Her four children included actor/comic Pauly Shore. "She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy", a rep for The Comedy Store said. We will all miss her dearly.

The 1970s and '80s were an especially fertile and defining period for standup, and Shore was a key gatekeeper, showcasing performers like Letterman, Jay Leno, Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Richard Pryor, Garry Shandling, and Roseanne Barr.

Just previous year, Carrey executive produced the Showtime series "I'm Dying Up Here", loosely based on the club in the '70s, with Melissa Leo playing a character said to be based 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. She refused to pay comics who performed in her club, insisting it was like a college where comedians learned their craft.

Yet she also had a sign in her office saying: 'It's a sin to encourage mediocre talent'.

Numerous most famous, successful, and influential American stand-ups since the late '70s owe their careers to Shore and her Comedy Store. "You're a poet. You should wear a scarf on stage"'.

Mitzi opened The Comedy Store in Los Angeles back in the 70s and the famous comedy club has launched some of the biggest careers in the industry.



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