Episode Detail: The Comedy Store - True Hollywood Story
The history of the Comedy Store is chronicled, beginning with its founding in 1972 by stand-up comedian Sammy Shore. Emphasis is placed on the “mothering” role Mitzi Shore (who took control of the club in 1974, following her divorce from Shore) played to the comics, many of whom launched their careers in the venue. Among the folks who recall the club's early years: Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Arsenio Hall, Whoopi Goldberg, Sandra Bernhard and the Shores' youngest son, Pauly. Other comics who chime in: Paul Rodriguez, Jimmie Walker and Tom Dreesen, who led a strike in 1979 against the club, demanding that the comics receive payment.