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Actor-comedian Sammy Shore, co-founder of L.A.’s Comedy Store, dies at 92

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Sammy Shore, shown at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas in 2010, had a nearly seven-decade career.
(Courtesy of Sammy Shore )

Sammy Shore, an actor and standup comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store, has died of natural causes, his son, actor-comedian Pauly Shore, said. He was 92.

The actor’s family said he died Saturday at his home in Las Vegas surrounded by family and friends.

Shore’s nearly seven-decade career stretched from the “Borscht Belt” summer resorts of New York’s Catskill Mountains to Las Vegas to the studios of Hollywood.

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Shore began his career doing standup with Shecky Greene. Elvis Presley chose Shore as the opening act for his comeback tour, and the comedian opened for many others, including Tony Orlando, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones, Ann-Margret, Connie Stevens, Bobby Darin and Glen Campbell.

In 1972, Shore, his first wife, Mitzi, and writing partner Rudy Deluca founded the world-famous Los Angeles comedy club, the Comedy Store. Mitzi Shore died in 2018.

Pauly Shore, with whom he toured during the last 20 years, paid tribute Saturday to his father on Twitter.

“Dad, you lived an amazing life and I’m so proud to say that you are my father,” he wrote. “When you’re in heaven I’ll be killing the crowds night after night and carrying on your legacy. Love you Dad. Rest in peace.”

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The elder Shore also appeared in a number of films, including “The Bellboy” with Jerry Lewis and Mel Brooks’ “Life Stinks” and “History of the World Part 1.” He also appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and was a guest on the Tony Orlando and Pointer Sisters’ TV shows, as well as Redd Foxx’s “Sanford and Son.”

Shore was also an author and recorded several albums. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and his son.


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