VIDEO: David Letterman, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, and Jim Carrey Celebrate a Legendary Venue in ‘The Comedy Store’

Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, and Pauly Shore also appear in Showtime’s upcoming documentary series

September 17, 2020

The industry’s most acclaimed comics celebrate Hollywood’s most enduring stand-up venue in the trailer for Showtime’s upcoming documentary series “The Comedy Store,” arriving in October.

The series brings to life the heartbreak, history, and hilarity created at Los Angeles’s Comedy Store over the past half century, including the life and legacy of local legend Mitzi Shore, who started running the club in the early 1970s. The clip features performance footage of late legends like Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, and Sam Kinison as well as candid conversations with an assortment of A-listers who spent countless hours at the Comedy Store refining their craft before being catapulted into fame.

“This is what unites a whole bunch of us,” Whoopi Goldberg explains (above).

Stern Show veterans David Letterman, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Bill Burr, Howie Mandel, Dave Chappelle, Jay Leno, and Pauly Shore—Mitzi’s son—are among the many talents who appear on the series, directed by filmmaker and comedian Mike Binder.

“This was a beam into infinite space,” recent Stern Show guest Jim Carrey says at one point in the clip.

As Stern Show fans remember, Carrey previously told Howard all about his days as a regular in the Comedy Store circuit, which ultimately served as one of the turning points in his now-unparalleled career. “I went up on stage at the Comedy Store and the first thing I did was, ‘Good evening ladies and gentlemen. And how’re you today? Alrighty then!’” he told Howard in 2017. “I began to play the guy who was free from concern.” Listen to more from the interview (below).

“The Comedy Store” premieres Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

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