Comedian/Actor Pauly Shore at the Irvine Improv
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Pauly Shore knows a little something about the fleeting nature of fame and fortune. Despite overwhelming popularity during the early ’90s, he has been slapped around by the media, one relatively gracious journalist dubbing him “the dethroned king of dumb-ass comedy.”
As an answer to his critics and a step toward getting his career back on track, Pauly produced, wrote, directed and starred in Pauly Shore Is Dead, a semi-autobiographical mockumentary in which he satirizes the perils of Hollywood. In the film, Pauly loses everything and decides to fake his death in a quest for post-mortem adulation. He called in a lot of favors to get the project made and managed to wrangle big-star cameos from the likes of Sean Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Dre, Clint Howard, Perry Farrell, Fred Durst, Verne Troyer, Andy Dick, Mark McGrath, Jerry Springer, Montel Williams, Sally Jessy Raphael, Kurt Loder and Paris Hilton, to name a few.
An entertainment career was virtually pre-ordained for Paul Montgomery Shore. At age 4, he sat on the lap of The King himself in the company of his father, comedian Sammy Shore, who opened for Elvis during the early ‘70s. Around the same time, Pauly’s mother, Mitzi, and father opened The Comedy Store on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, giving their son the rare opportunity to hang out with such rising talents as Robin Williams, David Letterman and the late Sam Kinison, who became his mentor. At 17, Pauly began writing and performing his own material, creating the persona of “The Weasel,” a character that quickly appealed to young audiences. While playing small roles in such movies as 18 Again and Phantom of the Mall, Pauly honed his comedy routine to a frenetic level, gaining the attention of MTV, which, in 1990, gave him his own show, “Totally Pauly.” Pauly rose to national attention during a strong four-year run on MTV, also revealing his comedy chops on the 1993 HBO special “Pauly Does Dallas.” His initial success on television led to a three-movie deal with Disney, beginning with the box-office hit Encino Man, co-starring Sean Astin and Brendan Fraser.
Pauly followed up Encino Man with the comedies Son-in-Law, In the Army Now, Jury Duty and Bio-Dome. In 1997, FOX cast him as the freeloading son of a wealthy businessman in the sitcom “Pauly,” which unfortunately lasted only six episodes.
Shore’s first comedy album, “The Future of America”, was named Best Comedy Album by the College Music Journalists, while his second album, “Scraps from the Future”, earned a Best Comedy Album nomination from The National Association of Record Merchandisers. He followed those up with “Pink Diggly Diggly” and “Hollywood, We Have a Problem”.
Keeping busy over the years, Shore recently headlined the Montreal Comedy Festival and has completed a myriad of movie and television projects. Last year, he was seen as comedy legend Lenny Bruce in the television movie “Hefner: Unauthorized.” His other television movie credits include “Red Letters” for HBO and “The Princess and the Barrio Boys” for Showtime. He also made the unpredictable documentary “Spooge: Two Months in the Life of…”, best described as Roger & Me meets Truth or Dare, and appeared in the spoof The Bogus Witch Project and in D.J. Pooh’s The Wash, starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. In addition, Pauly has used his versatile voice to great effect in such movies as Casper: A Spirited Beginning, and A Goofy Movie. Pauly was most recently seen in the TBS hit series “Minding the Store” which he produced as well as starred in.