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Pauly Shore
Pauly Shore is Dead Red Carpet.jpg
Shore at the premiere of Pauly Shore Is Dead, 2003
PseudonymThe Weasel
Birth namePaul Montgomery Shore
Born (1968-02-01) February 1, 1968 (age 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up comedy, television, film
Years active1985–present
GenresImprovisational comedy
Notable works and rolesHost of MTV
Stoney Brown in Encino Man
Crawl in Son in Law
Bones Conway in In the Army Now
Tommy Collins in Jury Duty
Bud Macintosh in Bio-Dome
Pauly Shore Is Dead

Paul Montgomery Shore (born February 1, 1968) is an American actor, comedian[1] and filmmaker best known for his roles in several comedy films in the 1990s.[2] Shore began as a stand up comedian at the age of 17, before becoming an MTV VJ in 1989. This led to a starring role in comedy film Encino Man in 1992 which was a modest hit. Roles in other films followed, including Son in Law (1993) and Bio-Dome (1996).

Early life

Shore was born Paul Montgomery Shore,[3] the son of Mitzi Shore (née Saidel; 1930–2018), who founded The Comedy Store, and Sammy Shore (c.1927–2019), a comedian.[4][5] Shore was raised Jewish,[6] and grew up in Beverly Hills, California. He attended Beverly Hills High School.[2]


Stand-up career

Inspired by his parents' work in comedy and show business, a 17-year-old Shore made his stand-up debut at the Alley Cat Bistro in Culver City. "Everyone else in school was filling out their SAT applications, but I just passed mine back. I knew I wasn't going to go to college."[7] Shore was mentored by Sam Kinison and opened several of his sets. While touring the comedy club circuit, Shore cultivated an alter ego persona called "The Weasel".

"The Weasel" involved Shore speaking in a surfer parlance, heavily peppered with dudespeak slang such as "edged", "melons" and "grinding" as well as his catchphrase, "Hey, BU-DDY."[8]


Shore's big break came as an on-air MTV VJ, a position he held from 1989 to 1994. At the height of his MTV fame, Shore had his own show, Totally Pauly, serving as a host on MTV's annual Spring Break parties. He also released a music video, "Lisa, Lisa, the One I Adore".[8]

Film career

In 1992, Shore starred in Encino Man, which was a modest hit. The film's success propelled Shore to star in additional personalized vehicles, albeit increasingly less successful: Son in Law (1993), In the Army Now (1994), Jury Duty (1995), and Bio-Dome (1996). All five films received sharply negative reviews, with the last three each holding a rating below 10% at Rotten Tomatoes; in addition, each of the movies grossed less at the box office than the one before. In 1997, Shore starred in the eponymous TV show Pauly; the show was cancelled after five episodes aired. Shore makes a cameo appearance in the American rock band Limp Bizkit music video "N 2 Gether Now",[9][10] as a pizza deliveryman, and a briefer appearance in "Break Stuff".[11]

In 2003, Shore produced, wrote, directed and starred in Pauly Shore Is Dead, a semi-autobiographical mockumentary, and in 2005, starred in the short-lived reality television series Minding the Store. In 2010, Shore starred in Adopted, which sees him traveling to Africa to adopt a child.[12]

In March 2018, Shore appeared as himself in episode 10 of the TV series Alone Together.


Year Title Record label
1991 The Future of America WTG Records
1992 Scraps From the Future WTG Records/Epic
1993 Son in Law (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Hollywood Records
1994 Pink Diggily Diggily Priority Records


Year Title Role
1988 For Keeps Retro
18 Again! Barrett
1989 Rock & Read Host
Lost Angels Kid #3
Married With Children The Captain
Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge Buzz
1990 Wedding Band Nicky
1992 Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You Himself
Encino Man Stanley "Stoney" Brown
Class Act Julian Thomas
1993 Son in Law Crawl
1994 In the Army Now Bones Conway
1995 A Goofy Movie Robert "Bobby" Zimuruski
Jury Duty Thomas B. "Tommy" Collins
1996 Bio-Dome Bud Macintosh
Playboy: The Best of Jenny McCarthy Himself
1997 The Curse of Inferno Chuck Betts
Playboy: Jenny McCarthy, the Playboy Years Himself
Casper: A Spirited Beginning Snivel (voice)
1998 Junket Whore Himself
Casper Meets Wendy The Oracle
1999 King of the Hill MTV DJ
2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie Robert "Bobby" Zimuruski
Red Letters Anthony Griglio
The Princess and the Barrio Boy Wesley
The Bogus Witch Project Himself
Futurama Himself
2001 The Wash Man in Trunk
2002 Rebel Fish Himself/DVD Host
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself/Bucky's Cousin
2005 My Big Fat Independent Movie Himself
2007 Natural Born Komics Himself
2009 Opposite Day Robert Benson
2010 Pauly Shore's 'Adopted' Himself
Stonerville Rod Hardbone
2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star AFA Emcee
2012 Whiskey Business Nicky Ferelli
2014 Pauly Shore Stands Alone Himself
2016 Hell's Kitchen Himself
2017 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Johnny Blowhole (voice)
2017 Sandy Wexler Testimonial
2018 Alone Together Himself


  1. ^ "Pauly Shore". Discogs.
  2. ^ a b Bronner, Sasha (November 7, 2011). "MY LA: Pauly Shore Talks Being Chauffeured By Comedians, Why Michael Bay Hates Him and How He Really Feels About The Valley". HuffPost.
  3. ^ "Interview: Pauly Shore biography".
  4. ^ Pauly Shore Biography (1968-).
  5. ^ Unknown page.[dead link]
  6. ^ Meyers, Kate (July 23, 1993). "Shore Thing", Entertainment Weekly
  7. ^ Beato, G. (October 1999). "Behind the Weasic". Spin. 15 (10): 118. Retrieved 2011-01-14. (Google books).
  8. ^ a b Sullivan, Jim (June 24, 1991). "Hey dude, the Weasel is, like, the future of America". Spokane Chronicle. (Boston Globe). p. B5. Retrieved 2011-01-14. (Google news archive)
  9. ^ Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 148. ISBN 978-0-312-26349-2. {Google books}.
  10. ^ N 2 Gether Now (Flash video). Limp Bizkit VEVO official YouTube channel.
  11. ^ Break Stuff (Flash video). Limp Bizkit VEVO official YouTube channel.
  12. ^ Berkowitz, Lana (July 14, 2010). "Pauly Shore takes a licking and keeps on ticking". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-01-14.

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