So if you read the Pauly Shore story in Friday’s Press & Dakotan, you didn’t get to read the real words of Pauly Shore. Instead, you read a lot of “(expletive).”
Well, we don’t do profanity in the newspaper. Them’s the rules.
But on this blog, I make the rules. And so I can give you Pauly Shore in all of his expletive-laden glory. If you want to read him unedited – or perhaps want to play the game of reading the edited version and trying to guess which expletive he used before reading the unedited version — this is your chance.
Pauly Shore Lives!
“Wuss up, bu-ddy?”
To a generation who grew up in the 1990s, it was hard not to be comedian Pauly Shore’s “bu-ddy,” whether you wanted to be or not.
He was a popular culture icon who could be seen on MTV and had a string of box office hits before his currency began to run out toward the end of the decade. Despite the bump in his career, Shore has persisted with acting, directing and stand-up shows.
His most recent effort was Showtime’s “Vegas Is My Oyster,” a comedy variety show that he wrote, produced and directed. It debuted earlier this year.
On Dec. 15, Shore will bring his popular stand-up show to Yankton’s Minerva’s Grill & Bar for two performances.
The Press & Dakotan recently had the opportunity to interview Shore via telephone from his office at the Comedy Store in West Hollywood.
P&D: You’ve compared being on stage to the feeling a surfer gets when he’s riding a wave. Has it always been like that for you?
SHORE: That’s something it’s developed into. It’s one of those things that you can plan all you want as far as writing jokes, etc., but at the end of the day, every audience is different. Just like for the surfer, every wave is different and you’ve just got to flow with it. That’s what makes it fun, because it’s not consistent.
P&D: Because it’s always different, that’s part of the challenge?
SHORE: I wouldn’t say it’s a challenge, it’s just always different. It’s not challenging for me to go onstage. I feel more comfortable on stage than (talking to someone one-on-one).
P&D: One thing I’ve heard comics lament is that, in your profession, people always expect you to be funny — no matter where you are and what you’re doing. Have you found that true, and does it weigh on you?
SHORE: People will be like, “What’s wrong? You seem so depressed.” I’ll be like, “No, I’m actually just sitting here like you.” Then they’ll be like, “Why don’t you do that thing?” “Because that’s what I do on TV.” Sometimes I do it when I’m drunk or having fun, but it’s not who I am.
P&D: One thing about your early success was that people liked you for being you. They saw you as someone who could be their “bu-udy.” Is that still the reaction you get from fans?
SHORE: It started when I was on MTV. It was that connection I had with the audience and the camera that I don’t think anyone else has really ever been able to duplicate.
“Wuss up, bu-ddy? Yo, dude, let’s go check out these chicks.” It was always about “us.” It was never about me, and oh, you’re over there. A lot of reporters or VJs were like, “I’m over here, and you’re down there.” No, we’re in it together.
P&D: How has your fanbase evolved? I assume it is older, but are there still a lot of younger fans finding your material?
SHORE: The good part about my movies is, they still play them to this day on TV. They get good ratings, so I assume it’s the young audience.
P&D: You’ve talked about “Pauly Shore is Dead” being the experience that made you grow up. In what ways do you think it made you mature?
SHORE: I’ve pretty much been spoiled my whole life because I had parents that weren’t around when I was a child. In order to appease me, they would get me shit. A scooter, a slip ‘n’ slide, whatever. After that, I started working really hard on my career. Immediately, I became spoiled again. I became famous in my early 20s. Boom! MTV, movies.
And then, when the career dried up — the offers weren’t coming in and my thing wasn’t cool anymore — I was put in a position where I was pretty much spit out by Hollywood. People weren’t returning my calls. I couldn’t get a gig. People were like, “He’s 30, but he’s acting like he is 12. That’s gross. It was cute when he was in his 20s running around with pink scarves and shit. Now, he’s kind of pathetic.”
Almost like a kid falling off his bike, I had to figure it out. What was happening was, people on the street would ask, “When is your next movie?” They didn’t understand that there weren’t any more movies. The box office went down, and the critics destroyed me. It was a wrap.
What was fucked up about me is that I looked at that and didn’t look at what I have. I looked at what I didn’t have. I didn’t pat myself on the back like fucking someone that is normal and be like, “Dude, oh my God, you had an awesome run. Go to Bali for a year, chill out and fucking go hiking.” I didn’t look at my life as half full. I looked at it as half empty.
The funny part about it is, you always try to bring pain with comedy, or comedy with pain. That’s when I started saying, “What? Do I have to fucking kill myself to get recognized again?” That’s when I came up with the film idea where I fake my death. Then people would like me again. It’s funny, because every celebrity dies and the press is like, “Oh, poor Michael Jackson or whatever.” That’s why I thought it would be funny if Pauly Shore died and all of a sudden these people start coming out saying, “Pauly was a genius.” I wanted to do a make-believe story about what would happen, because at the end of the day, nobody really gives a fuck about anyone. They just want to be entertained. I wanted to come from the truth but also do a mainstream, funny comedy. To this day, I still get people saying that is their favorite film that I’ve done.
P&D: You recently filmed “Whiskey Business.” What was that experience like? (“Whiskey Business” is expected to air in late February or early March on CMT.)
SHORE: It’s kind of like “Son-in-Law” meets “Jersey Shore” meets “Cocktail.” I play a guido in Jersey, trouble ensues and I end up in this small town mixing moonshine with fruity drinks and shit. It’s a heart-felt, sweet comedy. The script is really good. It’s a return to the spirit of my earlier films, which was really freeing for me. I didn’t have to write, direct or produce. All I had to do was be fucking funny, dude. It was fucking great and so much fun. It was hard work, but we knocked it out. We shot it in Toronto.
P&D: According to your YouTube video (that was made to advertise the show at Minerva’s), you’ve never been to Yankton.
SHORE: Who has?
P&D: What can people expect from a Pauly Shore stand-up show?
SHORE: Well, if you’re looking at it from the standpoint of someone who is going to read this article, they’re going to be like, “Holy shit, Pauly Shore is coming to town! I remember him. Where the fuck has he been? Oh shit, he’s here. Let’s go! It’s either this or bowling.”
So fuck it. I’m a part of American culture. People grew up with me, so I’m a part of their lives. It’s pretty cool. If I was a kid, and I grew up watching someone, I’d want to go see them and check them out.
I like playing places I’ve never been. It’s fun. I’m not Eddie Murphy, dude. I’m not the guy that doesn’t fucking go out in public. I feed off the small fucking towns. I feed off these people. It keeps my comedy connected, and it keeps me connected. It’s like my fuel. I’ll come in for a day or two, I go for a sandwich at the local fucking deli shop or go to the gym. It’s being a politician. These politicians go and shake hands. They feel the people.
Shore will perform at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Minerva’s. For ticket information, call Minerva’s at (605) 664-2244, or visit www.minervas.net.
That’s a lot of Pauly Shore. Have you had e-(expletive)-nough yet? 🙂