Q and A

Pauly Shore

The comic actor on stand-up, growing up and what’s missing after all these years
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Fri, Jun 30

Pauly Shore / The Pauly Shore you know best is the one with the blanket of springloaded curls, the silly slang-rich locution and that just-dare-me twinkle in his eye. A major haircut and 15 years later, Shore is still doing what he’s always done best: Making people laugh. Honolulu Weekly caught up with the comic actor ahead of his June 30 stand-up performance.

Hi Pauly.

Yo. Rock ’n’ roll.

So, I understand you come from a family of comedians. How different are your senses of humor? Or do the same things make you laugh?

Um, I don’t know. I guess. But maybe not. Everyone’s different, so it’s a weird question. At the end of the day, the most honest comedy, everyone finds funny.

So honesty is an essential component in effective comedy?

Yeah, it connects people with what the comic’s talking about.

Are you as surprised as I am that you’re in your 40s?

I know, right? It’s insane. It’s like, you just snap your fingers and boom. The 20s were a blur. The 30s were when I got mature–well, more mature. And the 40s are like, I’m in the pocket.

You were younger when you really rose to fame in the 1990s. If you had to pick another decade to have become famous, what would it be?

Why are you so crazy with these questions?

I’m trying to ask you questions you’ve never gotten before.

I like you. You’re confusing me.


Probably right now.

Tell me why.

Because the first time is always the best time. More innocent, totally clueless. Sometimes it’s cool to go through things where you just don’t know what’s going to happen because you got all that nervous energy. For me, when I first made it on MTV and when I first kind of hit it this time, it was so fresh and so [shouts] ahhhhhh! Then, like any rising star, I fell, and it was like ughhhhh.

When was the moment you fell?

Probably when my sitcom on FOX got canceled and I fired everybody and I was suddenly alone.

That had to be kind of liberating, too, though.

Yeah, it was like I was free. That’s when I grew up. Because, for me I grew up in a comedy club, then I went to Beverly Hills High School, then I got MTV, then I went into film and it was like, from age 1 to 30 was one constant party.

So tell me about this stand-up tour.

It’s not a tour tour. I always do this. It’s not like, “Hey! This is the Slippery When Wet Tour and we’re going to be booked for three months and we’re going to ride a bus and we’re going to go all over the place.” It’s what I’ve always done.

Tell me the story of the worst you’ve ever bombed onstage.

I remember one time I was working in New York City and I remember doing this show at this place called Dangerfield’s, Rodney Dangerfield’s old place, and I was very weaseled-out like [bleats out signature multi-octave Pauly Shore call circa 1993], you know?

I remember it well.

Right. So I was all weaseled-out with the hair and the California vibe and my material was very based on that personality and not very based on the jokes themselves. And so there were these mafia guys there and I started messing with the guy’s girl and he jumped up and started throwing tables.

Oh wow, did he get kicked out?

I had to run off stage and get security, then I came back out and I had to be like “just kidding,” and that was it.

So awkward.

I mean, really [laughs].

What’s something about you that you’ve never told anyone in an interview?


And don’t say how you actually have a brain and you’re not silly all the time.

That parts of me are sad.

Which parts?

I don’t know, maybe it’s because I don’t have a girlfriend and I don’t have, you know, my career is my girlfriend, and I’ve kind of sacrificed my personal life for my career. So there’s definitely a sadness that comes with my life, not having that. A lot of people, they come home to a wife and kids, and there’s this huge love there, and I don’t have that.

It has to be hard, too, that everyone always expects you to be happy because you tell jokes.

Yeah, I mean a lot of it has to be with being selfish, too, though because I am just into my own shit and when you’re so into your own thing it’s kind of hard to be in a relationship because a relationship is not about you. It’s hard for me to sacrifice time and energy for someone else. Not that I wouldn’t do it, but it is hard.

You’ll find the balance. Anything else you want to add?

I definitely want to promote Adopted, my movie that just came out. And I am happy to come back to Hawaii! Pipeline Cafe. I heard it’s cool there.

Pipeline Cafe, 805 Pohukaina St, Wed 6/30, 7pm, $25-45, 589-1999, [pipelinecafehawaii.com]