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.
Founded by Mitzi, her then-husband Sammy Shore and comedy writer Rudy De Luca, the Comedy Store belonged exclusively to Mitzi beginning in 1974 as part of her divorce settlement (the name had been her idea as well). "Mitzi was an extraordinary woman and leader who identified, cultivated and celebrated comedy's best performers. We will all miss her dearly".
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.
Shore's son, Pauly, had tweeted earlier in April that his mother had been in hospice, tweeting today that "my heart lays heavy".
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 today at age 87.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, she was also close with many comedians. Seeing that stand-up comics were frequently "belittled" in the 1970s and forced to work alongside a singer, Shore recalled to the Times in 1993 that she wanted to change that by making her establishment "all [about] comics", with no other forms of entertainment showcased at the club. "The reason why I have been Canceling shows and have been laying low on Social is that mom Mitzi".
Fellow comic Al Madrigal added: 'RIP Mitzi Shore - She was and will forever be the most innovative and influential person in stand up comedy. "I will love her forever". "People that know me associate me with MTV and the movies".
"WTF" podcaster Marc Maron tweeted that Shore "made an indelible mark on comedy and my brain". In 1979, comedians at her club went on strike, and Shore eventually settled and agreed to pay most comics $25 per set.
Mitzi founded the legendary Los Angeles comedy club the Comedy Store in 1972 and became owner two years later. The couple had four children: Pauly and his three siblings, Peter, Scott and Sandy.
In addition to her role in shaping some of the greatest comedic voices ever, Mitzi Shore was also instrumental in giving female comedic talent a place to shine.