Mitzi Shore, the legendary owner of The Comedy Store who took over the comedy club when she divorced Sammy Shore in 1974, mother of Pauly Shore and three other children, a lightning rod for the comedy strike of 1979, godmother to so many other comedians in the 1970s through the 2000s, and the inspiration for the central character in Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, died early this morning after a lengthy illness. Mitzi was 87.

Many of the “Paid Regulars” paid their respects to Mitzi over the weekend.

The club will remain closed today in her honor.

Here’s the old episode of E!’s True Hollywood Story about the Store.

Mitzi definitely will be missed.