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April 11, 2018 8:40 AM   Subscribe

Mitzi Shore, owner and founder of the prestigious Comedy Store in Los Angeles, standup career broker extraordinaire, and mother of Pauly Shore, passed away this morning aged 87.
posted by infinitewindow (15 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
In terms of cultural impact, she has to be up there in the top ten of the 20th century, right? At least in the US.
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName at 9:27 AM on April 11, 2018 [8 favorites]

A legend.
posted by Twinge at 9:28 AM on April 11, 2018 [1 favorite]

two outa three ain’t bad.

posted by jenkinsEar at 10:02 AM on April 11, 2018 [2 favorites]

In terms of cultural impact...

Perhaps in more ways than we recognize, even after reading the list of comedians that got their break with Shore.

The aftermath of The Comedy Store Strike of 1979 laid the groundwork for comedians getting paid in clubs, which set off the comedy club boom of the 80s-90s.
posted by JoeZydeco at 10:21 AM on April 11, 2018 [7 favorites]

Yeah, you really can't talk about American comedy without getting to Mitzi super quick. I missed the news that she was in hospice. The world is better for her having been here.
posted by I'm Not Even Supposed To Be Here Today! at 10:27 AM on April 11, 2018 [3 favorites]

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posted by 4ster at 12:02 PM on April 11, 2018

A LOT of showbiz obits lately, like (via Mark Evanier) Don Pitts, agent to a generation of voice-over talent, including Mel Blanc, June Foray and Orson Welles. The people who help the creative people be creative (and make a living at it) are as important as many of the creatives... they may not get a 4-hour documentary, like Garry Shandling, but they're deserving.

posted by oneswellfoop at 1:51 PM on April 11, 2018

Whoa. I've only heard her described in the past tense and kinda thought she'd already passed.
I've heard her brought up several times in the last week, just through coincidence. Shandlings doc , something Seinfeld related and a old Bill Burr podcast where he interviews Maron.

Huh. I cant think of any common reference through comedy as big as her.

posted by lkc at 1:53 PM on April 11, 2018

Huh. I knew of her but had never made the Pauly Shore connection. Those sorts of connections explain a lot about his oddly successful career.
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