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Pauly Shore. Special to Juice.

Comedian Pauly Shore moves past films

Published on November 12th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

Google Pauly Shore and you’ll find a lot of results for Paul DelVeccio, better known as Pauly D from the MTV series “Jersey Shore.” But he’s not the first uniquely coiffed personality associated with MTV.

“That sucks; like herpes he keeps coming back,” Pauly Shore said during a phone interview from Washington D.C. “I would beat him up. Why’d you take my first Google spot, bro? But I’m sure when this runs I’ll be No. 1.”

For five years Pauly Shore was an MTV VJ (or video jockey) on the channel that used to play music videos, injecting the West Coast sensibilities of his “the Weasel” persona into the then-very East Coast network. Before he was a VJ or star of films like “Son in Law” and “Encino Man,” Shore was a stand-up comedian. His dad, Sammy Shore, was a comedian, and his mom, Mitzi Shore, founded the Comedy Store in West Hollywood. He performs a three-day run of shows this week at the Funny Bone.

Shore went on tour with his dad when he was a child, watching him perform on cruise ships or open for Elvis Presley. By the end of high school, Shore was doing stand-up comedy with Sam Kinison as a mentor. Shore said stand-up comedy isn’t something you choose to do. It chooses you.

Shore’s surfer talk parlance made him stand out at the time and Shore said it wasn’t an act.

“It’s kind of who I was; it wasn’t really a character,” Shore said. “I still do it, it just comes out, dude. It surfaces, bubbles to the top.”

Shore’s Hollywood career pretty much ended after the 1996 release of “Bio-Dome,” which was universally panned and co-“won” Shore a Razzie for worst actor, tying with Iowan Tom Arnold. Shore turned to directing his own films, releasing “Pauly Shore Is Dead,” “Adopted” and the comedy special “Pauly Shore’s Pauly-tics.”

“It was one of those situations where I fell off the bike and realized I was either going to become Corey Haim and drug out and burn out or take my career into my own hands and figure (stuff) out. It started over 10 years ago. Now with the Internet boom it’s really paid off. Everything kind of lined up. The fact that my movies dried up was a good thing, because it put me in a situation where I had to learn to direct.”

Currently Shore is working on a still-unnamed podcast that he plans to post online in January or February. He’s already interviewed Chris Rock, Arsenio Hall and Andy Dick.

Shore’s next project will be a little less “Weasely” and a little more serious. He’s working on a documentary about his life, “Pauly Shore Stands Alone,” about taking care of his ailing mother, being 45 and single and his relationship with his siblings.

Shore will screen a rough cut of the documentary at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Funny Bone. Admission to the screening is free.

Pauly Shore

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Funny Bone, 560 S. Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines

Cost: $25


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Joe Lawler covers music and more for Juice Magazine. E-mail him at or follow his updates on Twitter @JoeLawler

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