Comedy Store Owner Mitzi Shore Dies at 87

In the 1970s, David Letterman baby-sat her children and Jay Leno slept on the back stairs of her Sunset Strip club, where Jim Carrey later tended the door.

Mitzi Shore, the owner of the Comedy Store, is seen in 1993. Shore died Wednesday, April 11, at age 87. (Credit: Patrick Downs / Los Angeles Times)

Mitzi Shore was “the den mother of some berserk Cub Scout pack,” as Letterman once said — one that brimmed with a breathtaking array of now-famous comics who broke through because she...

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