Comedians Mourn The Death Of Comedy Store Founder Mitzi Shore

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It’s a sad, sad day in the world of comedy.

Mitzi Shore, the owner of L.A.’s iconic Comedy Store, died at the age of 87 early Wednesday morning.

Since founding the club in 1972, Mitzi helped launch the careers of countless young comics, including Robin Williams, David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, and Garry Shandling. She also broke showbiz ground by booking female and non-white comics long before it became widely practiced in the industry.

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Needless to say, waves of comedians took to Twitter to honor their beloved mentor for helping them hone their craft and launch them into orbit.

Mitzi’s son Pauly Shore, Patton Oswalt, Whitney Cummings, Bob Saget, and Kathy Griffin were among the many established stand-ups who paid tribute to the late legend. Read their heartbreaking reactions to Mitzi’s death (below).

The Comedy Store announced it would be closed on Wednesday in honor of Mitzi’s death. Read their full statement paying tribute to her (below):

“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. We will all miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Motion Picture and Television Fund, where The Comedy Store has created a Comedian’s Assistance Fund ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ https://www.mptf.com/donate.

The Comedy Store will be closed today.”

R.I.P., Mitzi.

[Image via Facebook.]

Apr 11, 2018 4:04pm PDT

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