Stand-up comic Pauly Shore (né Paul Montgomery Shore) tasted super-stardom in 1990 when his precedent-setting MTV show "Totally Pauly" (1990) hit the airwaves to major fan approval. The show ran for four years, opening the door wide for him for television and film roles. In 1993, he wrote and starred in a one-hour HBO television special, Pauly Does Dallas (1993) (TV), which drew in even more loyal fans.
He had roles in films from 1988, providing supporting comedy relief, but it was the wildly popular Encino Man (1992), partnered with Sean Astin and Brendan Fraser, that put Pauly squarely on the map. Manic showcases followed, including Son in Law (1993), In the Army Now (1994), Jury Duty (1995), Bio-Dome (1996) and The Curse of Inferno (1997), but his lunacy was dismissed as crude, dumb and, for the most part, unfunny. His film career quickly tanked. This downhill spiral was not helped by the failure of his failed Fox sitcom "Pauly" (1997) in 1997. Lambasted unmercifully by both critics and media alike, he was soon becoming a running joke and forced to lie low and ride out the storm. He provided voices in animated features such as Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997) (V) and An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000) (V).
In better days, his first comedy album, "The Future of America," was named Best Comedy Album by the college music journalists in 1991, while the National Association of Record Merchandisers nominated his second album, "Scraps from the Future," for a Best Sellers Award. His third album, "Pink Diggly Diggly," was taped live at his mother Mitzi Shore's famed Los Angeles improv club The Comedy Store, where Pauly received his stand-up comedy initiation.
Pauly has made do in recent years as a recurring guest on Howard Stern's late-night show, as well as David Letterman's and Craig Kilborn's talk shows. And, of course, he tours the country with his stand-up act. He's been surrounded by show business all his life. In addition to mother Mitzi, father Sammy Shore was a well-known comedian who once opened for Elvis Presley during the Vegas years, while older brother Peter Shore has delved into producing/directing TV endeavors. In a career that skyrocketed quickly only to make a serious crash landing, never-say-die Pauly's latest bid for a comeback is the self-mockumentary Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003), which he directed and co-wrote.
His signature dialogue
His mother, Mitzi Shore, owns The Comedy Store, a legendary comedy club.
Son of Sammy Shore.
While on her way to the hospital to give birth to Pauly, his mother was yet undecided on a name for her child. She passed the Paulee Body shop and a Montgomery Ward, and that's how Pauly got his name.
Brother of Peter Shore
He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1986. Other famous alumni include Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz,David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, Gina Gershon, Rhonda Fleming, Jackie Cooper, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Michael Tolkin, Betty White, Corbin Bernsen, Elizabeth Daily, Albert Brooks, and Crispin Glover.
Along with Pia Zadora, Madonna, Sylvester Stallone and Demi Moore, one of the few people who have "won" back to back awards at the Razzies in successive years. He "won" Worst Actor of 1996 for his performance in the film Jury Duty (1995), then again the next year he tied with Tom Arnold in Big Bully (1996), Carpool (1996) and The Stupids (1996) for Worst Actor of 1997 with his performance in Bio-Dome (1996).
Through his mother, he was a good friend of Richard Pryor, who influenced him choosing comedy.
Is a vegetarian.
Was considered for the role of Michael McManus in The Usual Suspects (1995).
Was considered for the role of Leonard Hofstadter on "The Big Bang Theory" (2007).
I'm Jewish. I've always had a thing where it's okay to dance with the devil, just don't become the devil. Even at my peak, I never went too over the top.
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