Comedians Pay Tribute to Comedy Store Owner Mitzi Shore
The woman who fostered comedy legends like David Letterman and Robin Williams has died.
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Mitzi Shore, the woman behind some of the biggest names in comedy and mother of comedian Pauly Shore, died on Wednesday after a battle with Parkinson's disease. She was 87.
The owner of The Comedy Store in Hollywood, Shore had a hand in the success of comedians like David Letterman, Jay Leno, and the late Robin Williams. On Wednesday, following the news of her death, those who knew Shore paid tribute to the mother hen of the L.A. comedy scene.
Robert Knight"The great Mitzi Shore, owner of the famous Comedy Store, has passed away. No words can express the gratitude I have for her. We met in 1979. She opened the door to my dreams! If she loved you, you did well. If she didn’t, you did something else. I will love her forever. ;^)" — Jim Carrey (pictured with Mitzi in 1996)
Wynn Miller/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty ImagesRobin Williams clowns around outside The Comedy Store in 1978.Afro Newspaper/Gado/Getty Images"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." —Arsenio Hall (pictured in 1980)Fotos International/Getty ImagesAndy Kaufman pins Elizabeth Hocker to the mat during a wrestling match at The Comedy Store in December 1979.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage"I love you Mitzi Shore. Rest In Peace. Thank you for giving me a family and a home. ❤️@TheComedyStore" — Whitney Cummings (pictured in 2008)Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImagePauly Shore, Judy Tenuta, and Fabio attend the premiere party for Shore's HBO comedy special at The Comedy Store on August 26, 1992.Michael S. Schwartz/WireImage"Thxs Mitzi for providing a place for a female comic like me to grow... you have done more for stand up comedy than anyone...may you now make God laugh.. condolences @PaulyShore and the @TheComedyStore family." — Loni Love (pictured with David Crowder at a memorial for Marilyn Martinez at The Comedy Store on November 7, 2007)
David Keeler/Getty Images"Mitzi Shore...Owner of The World Famous Comedy Store Has Passed. I just found out at the Airport in LA waiting to go do what she trained me to do. Make people laugh. I took many flights back and fourth to Las Vegas with Mitzi when she turned the Dunes Showroom into the Comedy Store. She was always LOUD and had a biting sense of humor. So that's what I'm doing...annoying people in her honor. I'm sure every comedian...no matter where they are... is shedding tears for that little lady." — Andrew Dice Clay (pictured with Richard Pryor in 1995)EVAN HURD PHOTOGRAPHY/Corbis via Getty ImagesRichard Pryor performs at The Comedy Store in an undated photo.Michael S. Schwartz/WireImage"No 'In Living Color,' no career without Mitzi Shore. Thanks for believing in me. 🙏 #RIPMitzi" — Tommy Davidson (pictured in 2004)
Vince Compagnone/LA Times via Getty ImagesBrothers Pauly and Peter Shore pictured at their mother's club in 2005.Carlo Allegri/Getty Images"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 (pictured in 2003)Carlo Allegri/Getty Images"RIP Mitzi Shore. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING." — Bobby Lee (pictured in 2003)
Chelsea Lauren/WireImage"When a comedian dies, comedy clubs like to say 'make God laugh'... with the death of @TheComedyStore’s Mitzi Shore I think a more fitting saying would be 'I hope God makes you laugh, otherwise he might not get to showcase again for years.' #RIPMitzi" — Rick Ingraham (pictured in 2012)