Comedy Store Owner Mitzi Shore Dies at 87

Mitzi had been in hospice for a while and Pauly took her to the Comedy Store Monday afternoon to say goodbye

Mitzi had been in hospice for a while and Pauly took her to the Comedy Store Monday afternoon to say goodbye

Comedy Store founder and owner Mitzi Shore has died.

The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, which pre-dated the London Comedy Store and was a separate business, will be closed today (Wednesday).

Mitzi had been in hospice for a while, and Pauly took her to the Comedy Store Monday afternoon to say goodbye.

Mitzi Shore, the "Godmother" of famed comedy club The Comedy Store and mother of Pauly Shore, died at 87 on Wednesday.

Well-wishers great and small lined up to show their respect for comedy's matriarch.

The Comedy Store announced the death in a statement but did not give a cause. "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.

Whatever the future holds for the venue itself, Shore's legacy will clearly live on in the many artists she helped go on to move popular culture, and the many people she deeply touched. "I love you. You will always be in my heart".

Shore reportedly agreed to pay most of the picketing comics $25 per set, but the Times recalled that the strike "left scars that never truly healed", as she had to deal with comedians who refused to work for her anymore, as well as further allegations that she banned some strikers by refusing to book them for performances. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. Ironic, perhaps, as it had been none other than Mitzi Shore who incorporated the Comedy Channel in 1982, a television company that would eventually become known as Comedy Central. 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.' RIP". Several up-and-coming comedians who were initially amenable to not being paid as they honed their craft staged a walkout in 1979, after learning that Shore allegedly paid the better-known headliners they opened for. The Comedy Store building on Sunset Boulevard was formerly occupied by popular Hollywood nightclub Ciro's.

Showtime's series I'm Dying Up Here, based on William Knoedelseder's best selling book, portrayed the Los Angeles stand-up scene of the early 1970s.

Maron, Carrey and many other future stars started out as doormen at the club, a coveted entryway into comedy for stand-ups with thin resumes, which Patton Oswalt acknowledged in his tribute.

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