Showtime has released the trailer The Comedy Store. The upcoming docuseries chronicles the evolution of comedy from within the walls of the legendary club, located in Los Angeles. The series is directed and executive produced by Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger, Reign Over Me), who got his start at the iconic club as a doorman before becoming a main stage performer. For nearly five decades, this club has been a breeding ground for some of the biggest names in comedy. As we can see from the trailer, there is a lot to be learned about its rich history from those who lived it.
The trailer kicks off with Mike Binder making the pilgrimage back to The Comedy Store to watch some stand-up comedy. We then see an impressive group of comedic legends discussing their experiences at the club. There is also some classic footage of more icons, some who are no longer with us, such as the great Robin Williams. But like many others featured in the trailer, Williams got his start at this spot, which has an impeccable track record. Ultimately, the road to potential stardom ran through Mitzi Shore, the mother of Pauly Shore. Mitzi Shore passed away in 2018 but left behind a huge legacy, which is evident in this initial footage.
The Comedy Store looks at the legends, heartbreak and history created at the iconic club on the Sunset Strip. It features never-seen-before footage of trailblazers like Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison and Freddie Prinze along with interviews with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Andrew Dice Clay, Joe Rogen, Whitney Cummings, Jimmy Walker, Michael Keaton, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Maron, Damon Wayans, Bill Burr, Byron Allen and many more. They reflect on the ups and downs of The Store's rich and complicated history.
As a Comedy Store alum, former stand-up comic Mike Binder highlights one of pop culture's great laboratories that changed comedy forever. For many, it provided a launching pad to stardom in movies and TV. Tons of legendary performers got their start doing stand-up at The Store on Sunset while being mentored by the tough but nurturing gatekeeper Mitzi Shore. Loved by most, hated by some, but always garnering their respect, Binder says Shore "changed the way comedy was presented. The Store is her legacy. It's the epicenter of stand-up comedy in the world."
The Comedy Story originally opened its doors in 1972 in the same location as Ciro's, a popular Hollywood nightclub and music venue where acts like The Byrds were discovered. Aside from being a hot spot for talent, it was also the location that HBO used to film its Young Comedians specials, which only served to add to its legacy.
The series is executive produced by Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach. Peter Shore and Paul Young also serve as executive producers. Adam Eget, creative director of The Comedy Store, and Jonathan Vogler are also on board as producers. The five-part series premieres on Sunday, October 4 on Showtime. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.