Pauly Shore is 45 ... and Plenty funny

The former MTV superstar still brings it in his standup act, coming to the Rialto
2013-02-28T00:00:00Z Pauly Shore is 45 ... and Plenty funnyGerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Comedian Pauly Shore turned 45 this month.

For those who grew up in the 1990s, that news might be difficult to fathom.

From his early appearances on MTV to his breakout role as Stoney Brown in the 1992 caveman comedy "Encino Man," Shore appealed to the youth of the day with silly catchphrases and juvenile antics.

Remember "wheezing the juice," where Shore's "Encino" character drank Icee Slush directly from the convenience store tap?

There was none of that at Shore's 45th.

"When you get into your 40s, it is not much of a celebration," the comic said in a recent phone interview. "You are celebrating, but you don't want to scream it out to the world. You just want to have a nice dinner and watch a movie."

He may not be "The Weasel" of days gone by, but Shore assures us that he can still bring the funny.

He has a standup gig at the Rialto Theatre Friday night.

Shore said he hasn't been to Tucson to perform in more than a decade, but he has never given up on standup.

He comes from a comedy background. His parents, Sammy and Mitzi, founded the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Even as a child, Shore always knew he would get into the entertainment industry.

"I have brothers and sisters who aren't into it," Shore said. "But I got the bug at an early age."

Shore hit his stride in the mid-1990s with a string of films, including "Son-in-Law," "In the Army Now," "Jury Duty" and "Bio-Dome," a few of which have since become cult hits.

His leading film roles have since dropped off, but the performer continues to chug along.

He uses his live shows to promote his website (paulyshore.com) where he has several comedy specials available for purchase, including his most recent special "Pauly-tics."

Shore said the Internet can be tricky when it comes to making money.

"Everything is so polluted," he said. "Everyone has their own website, their own Twitter feed. Everyone is their own star. It is difficult to navigate. Back in the day, it wasn't like that. I was lucky to get in before the mayhem."

He continues to keep a positive outlook on things.

"When you get older, you are more optimistic and look at what you have as opposed to what you don't have," he said. "I'm very proud of myself as far as what I've been able to accomplish."

If You go

• What: Pauly Shore in concert.

• When: 8 p.m. Friday.

• When: Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

• Cost: $20 through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com or 807-8430

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