“Forgotten Hollywood”- Sad Day For Comedy…

Posted on April 11, 2018 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`Mitzi Shore was the pioneering owner of the Los Angeles-based club The Comedy Store, and one of the most influential persons in stand-up for more than four decades. She arrived at a moment as a huge stand-up boom was erupting with arguably more power to make or break a career of an up-and-coming comedian. Mitzi’s influence matched the impact Johnny Carson had on the genre.

“`A Wisconsin native, Mitzi Saidel took over as owner of the two-year-old club on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip in 1974 after divorcing its co-founder, comedian Sammy Shore. Just about every major comic, including Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Arsenio Hall, Roseanne Barr, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Kathy Griffin, and Jerry Seinfeld, used the club as a stepping-stone and returned to hone their act after gaining fame. Others include Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Sam Kinison, Bill Maher,  John Belushi, Richard Belzer, Elaine Boosler, Dennis Miller, David Brenner,  Ray Romano, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Chevy Chase, Louis CK,  Al Franken, Howie Mandel, Sinbad, Rodney Dangerfield, Rosie O’Donnell, Redd Foxx, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Sarah Silverman, Paul Rodriguez, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Margaret Cho, and The Unknown Comic. Shore provided gigs, advice, guidance, and an onsite clubhouse.

“`Mitzi essentially lived at the club through the 1970s and 1980s, and her four children were regulars, including future MTV sensation and film star, Pauly Shore. She has been in hospice, and legal documents filed acknowledged Mitzi’s affliction with Parkinson’s disease and related neurological problems. Recently, Pauly brought his mother to the club to say so long to many legion of friends and fans.

“`The Comedy Store, which takes pride in being open 365 nights a year, will be closed this evening in her honor.

“`Mitzi Shore (above) was 87

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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