Mitzi Shore, proprietor of The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and mother of Pauly Shore, has passed away at 87. Shore, who helped make the careers of some of the biggest comedians of all time, died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. The Comedy Store confirmed the news in a statement. Here's what they had to say.
"It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we report the passing of Mitzi Shore, the legendary Godmother of the world famous Comedy Store. Mitzi was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy."
Pauly Shore, her son and star of movies such as Bio-Dome and Son In Law, took to Twitter saying, "Mom/Mitzi passed Early in the morning at 4.42 am she was 87 years old my heart lays heavy." Shore confirmed that he has been canceling gigs and has been inactive on social media recently due to his mother being in hospice care. Mitzi Shore, during her time at The Comedy Store, gave many now world-famous comedians a place to start. As such, plenty of big names in comedy have taken to social media to share their thoughts on her passing. Clerks director Kevin Smith had this to say on Twitter.
"Sending my love and appreciation to the great and powerful Mitzi Shore! Her creating the @TheComedyStore was one of the most important things in the history of stand up comedy, and I will forever be in her debt. Thank you, Mitzi!"
In 1974, Mitzi Shore took over The Comedy Store from her former husband, Sammy Shore, as part of a divorce settlement. The club was opened in 1972 and was started by Sammy Shore and comedian-writer Rudy De Luca. Once Mitzi Shore took over, the club became a haven for comedians working in Los Angeles, with acts such as Robin Williams, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling and Roseanne Barr, among many others, getting their start at the legendary spot located on The Sunset Strip.
Comedians flocked to Los Angeles in the 70s after Tonight Show bookers started searching for talent that could deliver a tight, short set. As a result, The Comedy Store became a major destination for those looking to make it big, and Mitzi Shore had final say in regards to who could take the stage and who couldn't. Comedians would line up around the block for the chance to audition for stage time. Shore once said in a 1994 interview, "We're like a school or a boxers' gym. 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." Richard Pryor made use of The Comedy Store, developing material for his hit double-album, Wanted: Live in Concert at the famed spot.
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. In 1978, she set aside The Belly Room, an upstairs room at The Comedy Store specifically to showcase female talent. Kathy Griffin, who performed her first real gig at the location, took to Twitter to share her thoughts on Shore's passing.
"Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store. She was a woman in a male dominated business who pulled no punches, something I always admired. My heart goes out to @paulyshore and the entire Shore family"
In addition to the Los Angeles location, Mitzi Shore opened other Comedy Store locations in Westwood, Universal City, La Jolla, Calif., Las Vegas and Honolulu. She is survived by her sons, Pauly, Peter and Scott and a daughter, Sandi. RIP, Mitzi Shore. You can check out other tributes to Shore from Twitter for yourself below. This news comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.
Mom/Mitzi passed Early in the morning at 4.42 am she was 87 years old my heart lays heavy— Pauly Shore (@PaulyShore) April 11, 2018
The reason why I have been Canceling shows and have been laying low on Social is that mom Mitzi. Shore has been on hospice let’s all prey she when she goes to heaven she go peaceful I know she was loved by many of you— Pauly Shore (@PaulyShore) April 7, 2018
RIP Mitzi Shore. I should’ve taken the doorman job when you offered it to me.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 11, 2018
Sending my love and appreciation to the great and powerful Mitzi Shore! Her creating the @TheComedyStore was one of the most important things in the history of stand up comedy, and I will forever be in her debt. Thank you, Mitzi!— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) April 9, 2018
Mitzi Shore made an indelible mark on comedy and my brain. ‘You’re a poet. You should wear a scarf on stage.’ RIP— marc maron (@marcmaron) April 11, 2018
I love you Mitzi Shore. Rest In Peace. Thank you for giving me a family and a home. ❤️@TheComedyStore— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) April 11, 2018
This amazing lady helped shape the American comedy landscape for decades. Mitzi Shore was, and will remain, an absolute legend. My condolences to @PaulyShore on the loss of his Mom and to the @TheComedyStore for the loss of a friend. https://t.co/slVgKMPgck— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 11, 2018
Mitzi Shore is the epitome of what a woman can achieve when she's not afraid to live balls out in a man's world. Will be forever grateful for her amazing gift to us @TheComedyStore.— Kate Quigley (@KateQFunny) April 10, 2018
🖤 @PaulyShore . Sending warm thoughts & love your way boo.
RIP Mitzi Shore - She was and will forever be the most innovative and influential person in stand up comedy. The Comedy Store is not just a club, but a community where I've met friends that I will have for the rest of my life. Mitzi - Love you, you're impossible to follow.— Al Madrigal (@almadrigal) April 11, 2018
Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store. She was a woman in a male dominated business who pulled no punches, something I always admired. My heart goes out to @paulyshore and the entire Shore family pic.twitter.com/kabGgWMVuR— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 11, 2018
The first comedy club show I ever saw (the night I turned 21) was at the La Jolla Comedy Store and the first time I ever did stand-up was on Pot Luck night at the Comedy Store in LA. Might never have tried stand-up if it wasn’t for those rooms. Thanks and RIP, Mitzi Shore.— Doug Benson (@DougBenson) April 11, 2018
#MitziShore#RestInComedy— Eddie Griffin (@EddieGriffinCom) April 11, 2018
She got me off the streets gave me a place to stay I worked 2 jobs; doorman & paid comic. Thank you Mitzi for giving social misfits a place to call home & grow into social engineers. I love you. Richard & Robin will greet you. Give em the Light! 🎭 #EGGCpic.twitter.com/6V96b6AOOY