Tom Hanks is looking to tackle the behind the scenes story of the legendary Comedy Store. It may not sound like anything big off the top of your head, but it’s a building that gave some of the biggest actors/comedians of our time their first real shot at success. The film will center on its founder Mitzi Shore, yes she is Pauly Shore’s mother, and the unconventional business relationship she had with her employees.
Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone is developing the movie based on a narrative from William Knoedelseder’s nonfiction book, I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy’s Golden Era. It will take place in the late seventies and highlight Shore’s policy of not paying her comedians. She felt that The Comedy Store was a training ground for comics and didn’t give them any compensation, even though she was making a pretty penny of their talent.
A lot of comedians got their start there like Eddie Murphy, Jay Leno, Chevy Chase, Jim Belushi, Tim Allen, Bob Saget, Jim Carrey, hell pretty much anyone who was on “SNL,” “In Living Color,” or had a sitcom in the nineties did stand up there. We’re not sure who will star as Mitzi or what other actors the film will center on, but it would be funny to see some of the real comedians make cameos as themselves. The only downside to that is none of them really look like they did 30 years ago, except for Murphy. He’s been looking the same since Beverly Hills Cop.
Are you interested in seeing Hanks’ take on The Comedy Store?