'One of the Most Influential Figures in Stand-Up' Has Died

Mitzi Shore, Comedy Store owner, was 87
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 11, 2018 1:58 PM CDT
The marquee of the The Comedy Store is seen in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

(Newser) – Mitzi Shore, owner of the Los Angeles club the Comedy Store and one of the most influential figures in stand-up for more than four decades, has died. Spokeswoman Jodi Gottlieb released a statement from the club announcing Shore's death on Wednesday. She was 87. No cause was given, but her son, actor and comedian Pauly Shore, tweeted that she had been in hospice, the AP reports. Multiple outlets report that she had been battling Parkinson's disease.

The Comedy Store was two years old when Mitzi Shore took over ownership after divorcing the club's co-founder, comedian Sammy Shore, in 1974. She arrived at a moment when a huge stand-up boom was erupting. Virtually every major comic from Richard Pryor to Robin Williams to Jerry Seinfeld used the club as a stepping-stone and returned to hone their acts after gaining fame. "Mitzi was an extraordinary woman and leader who identified, cultivated and celebrated comedy’s best performers," the Comedy Store tweeted, adding, "She helped change the face of comedy and leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy in the entertainment industry and stand-up community. We will all miss her dearly. The Comedy Store will be closed today." (Read more obituary stories.)

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