Pauly Shore

Paul Montgomery Shore, better known by his stage name Pauly Shore (born February 1, 1968 in Hollywood,California), is an American actor and comedian, best known for starring in a series of comedy films in the 1990s.

Pauly and his brother Joseph are the sons of Sam and Mitzi Shore, who founded the legendary Los Angeles comedy club, The Comedy Store. He grew up in Beverly Hills and graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1986.

Shore began his career in stand-up and a few bit parts in several late-1980s movies. His big break came when he became an MTV host, a position he held from 1989-1994. Pauly had his own show, Totally Pauly, and served as a traveling ambassador, most memorably on MTV's annual Spring Break parties. At his first Spring Break gig, he unleashed his catchphrase, "weasel," on the world. His first comedy album, 1991's The Future of America, was named Best Comedy Album by the College Music Journalists. The album paved the way for Shore's subsequent releases, Scraps from the Future and Pink Diggly Diggly.

Shore's first film, the critically panned cult film Encino Man (1992), garnered him a Golden Raspberry Award for his performance, largely because Shore was unabashedly not acting - his character uncannily resembled his MTV persona. The movie was remarkably popular, and Shore parlayed it into several other films: Son In Law (nominated for an MTV Movie Award), In the Army Now, 1995 Razzie winner Jury Duty, and 1996 Razzie winner Bio-Dome. Shore's wave of fame crashed when he tried to turn back to TV in 1997 with the series Pauly on the Fox Network, the premiere of which received ratings so low that the show was canceled the next day.

In 2000 he won the Razzie award for "Worst New Star of the Decade", but lost "Worst Actor of the Century" to Sylvester Stallone. By that time, though, Shore had fully retreated to smaller movie roles, and a "weasel"-free stand-up routine. Despite rumors, he was NOT a guest star in an early episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation as a store clerk selling condoms to Toby and JT.

He attempted a comeback with the star-studded, autobiographical independent mockumentary called Pauly Shore Is Dead, which went to video on January 25, 2005, after a small theatrical run. The film garnered critical praise and was positively received by fans, quickly developing a cult following.

Also in 2005, Shore had a reality show on TBS titled Minding the Store. The series followed Shore as he took control of the Comedy Store and attempted to revitalize it. In a CNN article to promote the show, Shore admitted that he is a recovering sex addict and currently seeing a therapist, and that he allowed some of his therapy sessions to be taped for the show. Shore also said that if anyone did not laugh while viewing the show, they would receive a dollar. The individual simply had to mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Shore, care of TBS, and would in turn receive a dollar bill. This deal was only open to the first 250,000 people, and it is unknown if anyone ever did receive a dollar. The show was canceled after ten episodes.

Shore was punched to the ground after tangling with hecklers at a Texas comedy club in December 2006. Shore was performing at the 8th Street Comedy Club in Odessa, Texas when he became irritated with audience members talking through his performance. In an angry exchange, one club-goer in a cowboy hat took to the stage and, goaded by the audience, punched Shore’s face, causing him to fall to the floor. The heckler was then led away by what appeared to be a police officer. Shore stood up and muttered, "Fuck all you fuckin' white trash motherfuckers," before leaving the stage.

Later it came out the incident was staged. The chief of police of Odessa, Texas has issued a press release saying that the incident with Pauly Shore getting punched out at a Odessa comedy club was a hoax. He says it was a skit that went as planned and no one was ever in any danger and no one was hurt. An off-duty Odessa police officer was working at the club that night and was involved from the beginning. The statement says in part:

After viewing the video, the officer who was employed at the club in an off duty capacity, was contacted by investigators. The officer reported he had met with Mr. Shore prior to his set, and was asked to participate in the skit. The officer stated that the skit went as designed and that Shore was not injured in the designed skit.

Subsequently, it became clear the audience was in on it as well and the whole videotaping was staged. A tape started circulating on Youtube with footage of a first and a second take of the incident. On the first take Shore starts laughing and says: Fuck, I don't think I can fuckin' pull this off."

* Shore made an appearance in the animated series Futurama in the second season episode "The Cryonic Woman." In it, Shore is awakened from cryogenic sleep in the year 3000 by Fry, who then proceeds to torture him with a 'probulator'. He returns later to reveal that he is the boyfriend of Fry's ex-girlfriend.
* Shore is mentioned in the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Albuquerque" in the line "And the in-flight movie was Bio-Dome with Pauly Shore" and in the song "Confessions Part III" ("Like, remember when I told you I knew Pauly Shore, Pauly Shore/That's a lie, I don't know what I said that for"). Also, on The Weird Al Show episode titled "The Competition", Al threatens band Radish with forcing them to watch the collected works of Pauly Shore if they do not play a song on his show, to which the band gives in and plays.
* Shore dated pornographic actress Savannah in 1991-1992 and remained her good friend until the actress' suicide in 1994.
* Shore dated pop star Kylie Minogue for six months in 1997 and claims he hasn’t found anyone like her since.
* Shore also dated actresses Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Pamela Paulshock; and model Jillian Grace.
* Shore used to catch a ride home from Beverly Hills High School with a then-relatively-unknown Bill Hicks, who was hired to do odd jobs by Shore's mother Mitzi.
* Shore has appeared in many music videos over the years. These include Green Jelly's "Electric Harley House (Of Love)" (1993), Limp Bizkit's "N 2 Gether Now" (1999), Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff" (2000), Ja Rule's "Livin' It Up", and Young Buck's "Shorty Wanna Ride"
* Shore attended the same high school (Beverly Hills High School)as Corbin Bernsen, Albert Brooks, Nicholas Cage, Jackie Cooper, Kenan & Kel, Reef Da Lost Cauze, E.G. Daily, Rhonda Fleming, Gina Gershon, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, Slash, Michael Tolkin, Mannie Fresh, and Betty White.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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