The comedy world just lost a paragon — Mitzi Shore, the owner of The Comedy Store and mother to comedian Pauly Shore, has passed away.
Mitzi opened The Comedy Store in Los Angeles back in the 70s and the famous comedy club has launched some of the biggest careers in the industry. Mitzi helped huge names like Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey and Robin Williams hone what would become their iconic routines on the stage of The Comedy Store.
In a statement to The Blast, the comedy club says, "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."
Comedy ran in Mitzi's blood and she passed that down to her children, most famously actor Pauly Shore. "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," a rep for The Comedy Store said. "We will all miss her dearly."
In lieu of flowers, fans and friends are being asked to donate to "The Motion Picture and Television Fund, where The Comedy Store has created a Comedian's Assistance Fund."
The Comedy Store, which is typically open 365 days a year, is closed today.