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Hollywood Flashback: When the Comedy Store Helped Put L.A. on the Map

1 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The Hollywood Reporter's main contribution to Los Angeles' vibrant 1970s comedy scene was a building. In 1940, THR founder Billy Wilkerson opened Ciro's nightclub on the Sunset Strip (he also owned the Strip's Trocadero club and La Rue restaurant). By 1972, Ciro's had morphed into The Comedy Store, owned by Sammy Shore and Rudy De Luca. In a divorce settlement, Shore's ex-wife, Mitzi, took over the club the following year. "At the time, this was the only place where stand-ups could hone their act; places like the Improv and the Laugh Factory came later," says Tom Dreesen, a veteran »

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