Virtually every big name in comedy, from Richard Pryor to Jay Leno to Roseanne Barr, had to first pass Mitzi Shore’s sniff test.
A giant in the world of standup, tributes from comedians started streaming in on Wednesday after news of Shore’s death at the age of 87 broke.
Shore’s son, Pauly Shore, was among the first to pay tribute. The actor-comedian, known for roles in ’90s-era comedies including “Encino Man,” said, “My heart lays heavy,” when he shared the news of Shore’s passing on Twitter.
Other comedy stars, including Whitney Cummings, Marc Maron and more shared their condolences.
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Here are among the first tributes to land on Twitter:
Mom/Mitzi passed Early in the morning at 4.42 am she was 87 years old my heart lays heavy
— Pauly Shore (@PaulyShore) April 11, 2018
Mitzi, you gave me my first home, my first family, my first safe space to be weird and creative and female and complicated. You gave me permission to be fierce and authentic and to take risks. Thank you for believing in us broken toys, and for helping us heal ourselves.
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) April 8, 2018
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) April 11, 2018
Mitzi Shore made an indelible mark on comedy and my brain. ‘You’re a poet. You should wear a scarf on stage.’ RIP
— marc maron (@marcmaron) April 11, 2018
RIP Mitzi @TheComedyStore Thanks for being the first person to ever believe in me. I love you. My thoughts and prayers are with the Shore family. Scott, Sandy, Peter, and Pauly. Love you all. Mike. #thecomedystore #mitzishore pic.twitter.com/T2KHNX4sx0
— Mike Binder (@MikeBinderjokes) April 11, 2018
A legend in my industry has passed but will never be forgotten. I’m sure all my comrades over at @TheComedyStore will honor Mitzi Shore on the highest level. #RIP to a legendary woman. pic.twitter.com/HymFNthpaJ
— Chad Zumock (@chadzumock) April 11, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of Mitzi Shore. The Comedy Store on Sunset was the "Cape Canaveral" of comedy launching upcoming comics into orbit. My condolences to @PaulyShore and his family. https://t.co/qFbIRxqwwK
— Brian O'Halloran (@BrianCOHalloran) April 11, 2018
We lost a pioneer, visionary, mom, and all-around bad ass person today.
Thank you for everything you did for comedy, your legacy will continue on forever.
Rest In Peace Mitzi Shore.
I’m sorry for your loss @PaulyShore
— bert kreischer (@bertkreischer) April 11, 2018
RIP Mitzi Shore. Thank you for changing all of our lives for the better.
— Josh Wolf (@joshwolfcomedy) April 11, 2018
RIP Mitzi Shore. Thanks for all you’ve done for so many comedians.
— Adam Hunter (@AdamComedian) April 11, 2018
Rest In Peace, Mitzi Shore.
— Johnny Taylor, Jr. (@hipsterocracy) April 11, 2018
Mitzi Shore died today. She was a titan in the world of comedy. Though my comedy path has kept me in NYC, what Mitzi did at the Comedy Store in LA changed modern standup. The room she built and the talent she fostered helped make standup what it is today. Thank you Mitzi.
— Dan LaMorte (@DanLaMorte) April 11, 2018
In the early 80’s I dated actor/comedian Gabe Kaplan, and he introduced me to a very talented comedian by the name of Roseanne Barr @therealroseanne ???? while she was performing at the ‘Comedy Store.’
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— Robbin Young (@Robbin_Young) April 11, 2018
RIP Mitzi Shore, the only person I ever met who could make you feel like being declared an "unpaid regular" was an accomplishment.
— J. Elvis Weinstein (@JElvisWeinstein) April 11, 2018
RIP Mitzi Shore – She was and will forever be the most innovative and influential person in stand up comedy. The Comedy Store is not just a club, but a community where I've met friends that I will have for the rest of my life. Mitzi – Love you, you're impossible to follow.
— Al Madrigal (@almadrigal) April 11, 2018
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Source: The Wrap