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Mitzi Shore Mourned by Top Comics, Son Pauly: ‘My Heart Lays Heavy’

”She opened the door to my dreams!,“ writes Jim Carrey

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.

Later in the day, Jim Carrey — who came up through Shore’s Comedy Store in Hollywood early in his career — offered his sentiments, which included a piece of his original art, on Twitter:

Other comedy stars, including Whitney Cummings, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron and more shared their condolences on Twitter. Andrew Dice Clay shared a lengthy tribute on Instagram, saying, in part: “She did so much for so many.”

Here is a collection of the many tributes Shore on social media:

Mitzi Shore …Owner of The World Famous Comedy Store Has Passed. I just found out at the Airport in LA waiting to go do What she Trained me to Do. Make People Laugh. I took many Flights back and Fourth to Las Vegas with Mitzi when She turned the Dunes Showroom into the Comedy Store. She was Always LOUD and had a Biteing Sense of Humor. So that’s what I’m doing …Annoying People in her Honor. I’m Sure every comedian …no matter where they are … is Shedding tears for that little lady. Don’t Get me wrong … She could be hard as they come … I’ve seen people audition and be Shooed away with a simple … Come back in a year. She was Truthful ! No Tolerance for No Talent. She called it as She Saw it !!! There are so many Lost souls in Hollywood because Nobody would tell them…You are Talentless. Mitzi understood the Difference between Potential and No Talent …And had no problem saying it the way it is. She did so much for so many … Spawned most of the COMEDIANS you love today. I feel the Void of Her being Gone already . Every time I stand on a,Stage I will think of Her . Every time I walk through the doors of The Comedy Store I know she will be there . Still Watching , judging and Guiding . You will truly be Missed .@thecomedystore @COMEDIANS around the world.@paulyshore @shorefamily

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