Mitzi Shore, Owner of The Comedy Store, Dies at 87

Comedy Store Owner Mitzi Shore Dead at 87

Mitzi Shore, who founded the Los Angeles stand up comedy club The Comedy Store in 1972, has died at age 87.

"It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we report the passing of Mitzi Shore", the statement read, adding that the venue would be closed today. "Mitzi was an extraordinary woman and leader who identified, cultivated and celebrated comedy's best performers".

"Mitzi Shore made an indelible mark on comedy and my brain". "She was like a mother figure to all of us".

"The great Mitzi Shore, owner of the famous Comedy Store, has passed away".

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Mitzi Shore, known by some as the godmother of standup comedy, is dead at age 87.

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 was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. I will forever be indebted to her and love her and always knew that she loved me.

"It's a really sad day", Rock wrote on his Instagram page, where he posted a photo of Mitzi Shore. Wielding her power as the club's founder and owner, she influenced the careers of famed comedians like Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, Gary Shandling, Marc Maron and many more-all of whom worked for Shore at her club when they were starting out. That comedy scene is loosely depicted in the Showtime series, "I'm Dying Up Here". "We're here to help people develop their skills and to get them seen by supportive comedy crowds, as well as by TV and movie people". She refused to pay comics who performed in her club, insisting it was like a college where comedians learned their craft. As such, plenty of big names in comedy have taken to social media to share their thoughts on her passing. "She was a woman in a male dominated business who pulled no punches".

In addition to Pauly, she is survived by sons Scott and Peter and daughter Sandy. "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. RIP, Mitzi Shore. You can check out other tributes to Shore from Twitter for yourself below.

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