Pauly Shore

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Pauly Shore
Shore at the premiere of Pauly Shore Is Dead, 2003
PseudonymThe Weasel
Birth namePaul Montgomery Shore
Born (1968-02-01) February 1, 1968 (age 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
Years active1985–present
GenresImprovisational comedy, character comedy, surreal humour
Parent(s)Sammy Shore
Mitzi Shore
Notable works and rolesStoney Brown in Encino Man
Crawl in Son in Law
Bones Conway in In the Army Now
Tommy Collins in Jury Duty
Robert "Bobby" Zimuruski in A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie
Bud Macintosh in Bio-Dome Edit this at Wikidata

Paul Montgomery "Pauly" Shore (born February 1, 1968) is an American comedian and actor. He is best known for his roles in 1990s comedy films.[1] 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 the comedy film Encino Man in 1992, which was a modest hit. He followed this with leading man vehicles, including Son in Law (1993) and Bio-Dome (1996). Shore provided the voice of Robert "Bobby" Zimuruski in A Goofy Movie and its direct-to-video sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie.

He directed a semi-autobiographical mockumentary film, Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003).

Early life[edit]

Shore was born Paul Montgomery Shore,[2] the son of Sammy Shore and Mitzi Shore (née Saidel). Sammy Shore was a comedian. He and Mitzi co-founded The Comedy Store with Rudy De Luca. After Sammy and Mitzi Shore divorced, Mitzi owned and operated the Comedy Store as part of the divorce settlement from 1974 until her death.[citation needed] Shore was raised Jewish[3] and grew up in Beverly Hills, California. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1986.[1]


Stand-up career[edit]

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."[4] 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."[5]


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".[5]

Film career[edit]

In 1992, Shore starred in Encino Man, which was a modest hit. The film's success propelled Shore to star in additional films, 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 films grossed less at the box office than the one before. Describing Shore's performances in these films, film critic Roger Ebert wrote, "Shore bypasses all categories to achieve a kind of transcendent fingernails-on-the-blackboard effect."[6] In 1997, Shore starred in the eponymous TV show Pauly, which was cancelled after five episodes aired. Shore made a cameo appearance in the American rock band Limp Bizkit music video "N 2 Gether Now"[7][8] as a pizza deliveryman and a briefer appearance in "Break Stuff".[9] The Golden Raspberry Awards has recognized Shore's film performances several times, awarding him Worst New Star of the Year for Encino Man, Worst Actor of the Year for Bio-Dome, Worst New Star of the Decade for the 1990s, and nominating him for Worst Actor of the Century (which he lost to Sylvester Stallone).[10]

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.[11]

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

In January 2024, following a fan campaign, Shore revealed a teaser for a short film, starring himself as Richard Simmons titled The Court Jester.[12] Simmons released a statement revealing that he did not give permission for the short.[13]


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 Notes
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 Voice
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 Voice, episode: "Escape from Party Island"
Fantasy Island Aaron Filner Episode: "The Real Thing"
2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie Robert "Bobby" Zimuruski Voice
Red Letters Anthony Griglio
The Princess and the Barrio Boy Wesley
The Bogus Witch Project Himself
Futurama Himself Voice, episode: "The Cryonic Woman"
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
2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja The Kev Voice, episode: "Club Ninja-dise/To Smell and Back"
2016 Hell's Kitchen Himself
Workaholics Himself
2017 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Johnny Blowhole Voice, episode: "Bounce Lounge"
Sandy Wexler Testimonial
Funny You Should Ask Himself 2 episodes
2018 Alone Together Himself
2019 The Big Trip MIC-MIC Voice, American version
2020 The Midnight Gospel Prince Jam Roll (episode 4)
Guest House Randy Cockfield
The Little Penguin Pororo's Dinosaur Island Adventure Mr. Y[14] Voice
2021 The Little Penguin Pororo's Treasure Island Adventure Captain Dark[15] Voice
How It Ends Himself
2022 Pinocchio: A True Story Pinocchio[16] Voice
2023 My Sweet Monster Bundy Joyce Voice
2024 The Court Jester Richard Simmons Short film


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  2. ^ "Interview: Pauly Shore biography".
  3. ^ Meyers, Kate (July 23, 1993). "Shore Thing" Archived 2009-04-21 at the Wayback Machine, Entertainment Weekly
  4. ^ Beato, G. (October 1999). "Behind the Weasic". Spin. 15 (10): 118. Retrieved 2011-01-14. (Google books).
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Jury Duty". Ebert Digital LLC. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  7. ^ Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 148. ISBN 978-0-312-26349-2. {Google books}.
  8. ^ N 2 Gether Now (Flash video). Limp Bizkit VEVO official YouTube channel. Archived from the original on 2021-11-07.
  9. ^ Break Stuff (Flash video). Limp Bizkit VEVO official YouTube channel. Archived from the original on 2021-11-07.
  10. ^ Dembrow, Dylan (26 February 2017). "15 Actors Who Have Won The Most Razzie Awards". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  11. ^ Berkowitz, Lana (July 14, 2010). "Pauly Shore takes a licking and keeps on ticking". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  12. ^ Hall, Gerrad (January 17, 2024). "Pauly Shore to star as Richard Simmons in biopic — see first look at the comedian in character". EW. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  13. ^ Rosenbloom, Alli (January 17, 2024). "In rare statement, Richard Simmons comments on new biopic about him starring Pauly Shore". CNN. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  14. ^ Jacquin, Jeri (December 6, 2020). "The Little Penguin Pororo's Dinosaur Island Adventure on DVD". Patch. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  15. ^ PORORO: TREASURE ISLAND ADVENTURE - Official Trailer (2021). YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11.
  16. ^ Pinocchio: A True Story (2022 Movie) Official Trailer. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2022-01-26.

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