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50 Years Of The Comedy Store

A story told through five albums and six LPs that captures the Store’s greatest comedians in each of its major milestone decades.

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Establishing the first stand-up venue of its kind proved arduous. Mitzi oversaw the business and staff, booked lineups, worked the ticket booth, scrubbed the bathrooms, created a development system, harangued/charmed reps and execs via phone and nursed talent through obstacles from homesickness to addiction. Mitzi became known as The Godmother of Comedy to generations of talent that would include Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Freddie Prinze, Arsenio Hall, Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay, John Witherspoon, Paul Mooney, Howie Mandel, Garry Shandling, Byron Allen, Richard Lewis, George Wallace, Roseanne Barr, Damon Wayans, Bob Saget, Louie Anderson and Cheech & Chong. Her artists’ colony welcomed trial and error, with an alluring undercurrent of anarchy.
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Julie Seabaugh, from the Listening Notes

Get The Whole Story….

VMP Anthology goes beyond the five albums included in your box. Alongside your box and the albums within it, we provide in-depth, original Listening Notes and a digestible multi-episode podcast to serve as your definitive guide through these records. VMP Anthology isn’t just a box set that’s supposed to gather dust on your shelves — it’s an immersive and transformative story that comes alive for you to spend weeks (or longer!) inside of.

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Various Artists
11th Anniversary (2022)
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Various Artists
15th Anniversary (2022)
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Various Artists
20th Anniversary (2022)
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Various Artists
50th Anniversary (2022)
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Door Guys (2022)

What's Included

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Podcasts To Make You Laugh
Recorded at the Store’s own studios, this podcast season tells a rambling history of the Comedy Store, and recounts what it’s like for comedians to perform on its stages. Hear from comedians on their process, and what the Store means to them.
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First Time On Vinyl
With the first edition limited to 1,000 copies on 180g colored vinyl, inspired by the Store’s legendary color scheme, all of the albums featured here are appearing on vinyl for the first time, with brand new album art.
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Happy Anniversary
Featuring a murderer’s row of comedians, these albums were culled from the anniversary shows at the Store over the years.
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Laughs Through History
Read the story of the Comedy Store in a very special 28-page Listening Notes and photo booklet written by comedy journalist and historian Julie Seabaugh.
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Premium Commemorative Box
Designed in-house at VMP, these records are housed in an original box that’s inspired by the iconic neon stage lights of the Comedy Store.
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Who is Featured Here?

These anniversary shows feature many comedians you know and love, including: Paul Rodriguez, Jimmie Walker, Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Howie Mandel, Louie Anderson, David Letterman, Arsenio Hall, Richard Pryor, Pauly Shore, Bob Saget, Iliza Schlesinger, Argus Hamilton, Whitney Cummings and many more.

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Podcast and Listening Notes

Get the full story of the Comedy Store and Mitzi Shore through our podcast and Listening Notes booklet. The booklet, 28 pages long with dozens of photos from the last 50 years, is found in your box, and it covers the story of the Comedy Store and the space Mitzi Shore created for misfits. Our podcast will offer a discussion of the Store and its history.


Got a question?

VMP Anthology is the vinyl box set, reinvented. It aims to use music to tell a story, and gives space for lots of listening, learning, and conversation along the way.
VMP started as a record of the month club in 2013 and has expanded into an online record store and magazine.
Shipping is free in the U.S. and $20 internationally. Records will be sent in one shipment. Orders are expected to ship in December 2022. Timeline is subject to change. We will notify you of any shipping updates.
We created VMP Anthology for people who recognize that every album has a deep story to tell. By breaking up the albums, we give you space to truly listen and absorb each individual recording, listen to the podcast and soak it in. Of course, this is just a suggestion!
Nope! We built VMP Anthology as a way for all fans to experience music more deeply, and VMP membership is not required.
Yes, shipping is available in 16 countries in addition to the U.S. (view all FAQs for more details). Due to the box value and carrier constraints, international customers are responsible for customs and duties. When shipping to a country that is subject to VAT, this will also be due upon receipt.
Afterpay is an interest-free financing option that allows you to make four bi-weekly (every two weeks) installment payments rather than one upfront payment. If you choose Afterpay at checkout, you will be redirected to the Afterpay site to create an account and to complete your payment. You won’t be charged any interest or fees, as long as your payments are made on time. At this time, Afterpay is only available for customers in the United States.
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