LOS ANGELES — 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. Shore was credited with launching and shaping the careers of many big-name comedians.
Her son, Pauly Shore, paid tribute to his mother on Twitter, 진도콜걸
and said his "heart lays heavy."
He wrote a moving post about her life and memorialized her as a "comedy Godmother."
"Looking back on my mom's life, the one word that comes to mind is giver," he wrote. "She gave her heart, her soul, and her stages. So Mom, on behalf of myself and all of the other comedians, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us develop our craft at the Store. Not only were you our comedy Godmother, you are my mother. We'd be nothing without you and your guidance. While you're up in heaven, we will be down here on earth making sure the Main Room, Belly Room, and Original room stay sacred. I love you. You will always be in my heart."
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Spokeswoman Jodi Gottlieb released a statement from the club announcing Shore's death on Wednesday. She was 87.
No cause was given, but Pauly Shore tweeted that she had been in hospice and died in the early morning.
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.
Kevin Smith, Arsenio Hall
and Kathy Griffin were among those who paid tribute to the late comedy legend.
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
This is a very sad day for the family of standup comics on the planet. #MitziShore was my friend ... and the owner of @TheComedyStore on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. RIP / 87 years young. pic.twitter.com/cSMCZ37Dzf
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
I love you Mitzi Shore. Rest In Peace. Thank you for giving me a family and a home. ❤️@TheComedyStore
RIP Mitzi Shore. I should’ve taken the doorman job when you offered it to me.
Eddie Griffin said that Richard Pryor and Robin Williams will greet Mitzi Shore in the afterlife.
#MitziShore #RestInComedyShe 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! #EGGC pic.twitter.com/6V96b6AOOY