What Comedy Store Owner Mitzi Shore Meant to Yakov Smirnoff, Chris D’Elia, and Comedy in L.A.

Mitzi Shore, owner of L.A.’s famed Comedy Store, passed away Wednesday at the age of 87, following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. For decades she was an icon in popular culture, an unapologetic businesswoman in a male-dominated industry, an uncanny scout of talent, and a compassionate “second mother” to many struggling young comedians. One of those comedians was Yakov Smirnoff, who first met Shore in 1978. He and his family had just immigrated to the United States, settling in

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