LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Sammy Shore, co-founder of Los Angeles’ World Famous Comedy Store and father of actor Pauly Shore, died Saturday at 92.
According to a post on the The Comedy Store’s Facebook page, Shore died of natural causes surrounded by family at his Las Vegas home.
During his long career in stand-up comedy, Shore opened the famous comedy club with his then-wife Mitzi Shore and his writing partner Rudy De Luca in 1972.
The club has since hosted some of the biggest names in comedy, including Shore who performed a stand-up set there on his 90th birthday.
“Words can’t express how much his comedic gift, friendship, and beneficence will be missed. The bright light he shone and the laughter he brought into the lives of everyone he touched will never dim. There is only one ‘Brother Sam’!” The Comedy Store’s post read.
Shore’s son, comedian/actor Pauly Shore, wrote a tribute to his father on Twitter.
The Comedy Store issued a statement Saturday afternoon.
“The Comedy Store is grieving the loss of their founder, father and legendary stand-up comedian Sammy Shore.”
CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Jeff Nguyen went to The Comedy Store and spoke to fans.
The legacy of the club, of course, is that it still continues to attract A-list stars — some who show up as a surprise.
“You don’t know who’s going to show up. There’s a set list. Sometimes those people don’t show up. Then, other names even bigger will,” says Lindsey Pinto.
Tonight’s big name was Dane Cook. Before going on stage he tweeted, “Mr. Shore — thank you.”
Shore is survived by his wife, Suzanne, children Scott, Sandi, Peter and Pauly, his grandchildren Lola and Caleb, and three dogs.