Sammy Shore (7 February 1927 – 18 May 2019)[1] was an American actor, stand-up comedian and co-founder of the Comedy Store.[2] He started his career doing stand-up comedy with Shecky Greene in the Catskill Mountains.[3] He was chosen, in 1969, to open for Elvis Presley’s comeback performance at the International Hotel. He then opened for Elvis’ road shows until 1972.[4] Shore continued to do comedy, opening for such acts as Tony Orlando, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr. and many others.[5]

On April 7, 1972 he founded the Comedy Store with his writing partner Rudy De Luca.[3] In 1974 his ex-wife, Mitzi, became the owner of the club.[6] The club launched the careers of many comedians including Rodney Dangerfield, David Letterman, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and others including his own son, Pauly.[7]

Shore appeared in many films including The Bellboy with Jerry Lewis and both Life Stinks[8] and History of the World Part 1 from Mel Brooks.[9] He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and was on Sanford and Son.[10]

Shore was voted Best Comedy Act in Atlantic City, and the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors named a day after him on July 24, 1990. He is known to be the only comedian who worked at Harrah's Casinos and Hotels more than any other entertainer.[8]

Shore died in Las Vegas, Nevada of natural causes at the age of 92.[11]

Shore was married to Suzanne for 29 years,[12] and was the father of four, including actor and comedian Pauly Shore.[3]


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  6. ^ "Sammy Shore, Comedy Store Co-Founder and Stand-Up Comedian, Dies at 92". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
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  9. ^ "Actor-comedian Sammy Shore, father of Pauly, dies at 92". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  10. ^ "Actor-comedian Sammy Shore, father of Pauly, dies at 92". The Seattle Times. 2019-05-18. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  11. ^ Matt Rehbein. "Comedian Sammy Shore, father of Pauly, dies at 92". CNN. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  12. ^ "Actor-comedian Sammy Shore, father of Pauly, dead at 92". Associated Press. 2019-05-19. Retrieved 2019-05-20.