Pauly Shore began his career in stand-up and a few
unmemorable bit parts in several late-1980s movies. His big
break came when he became an MTV host, a position he held from
1989-1994. Pauly had his own show, Totally Pauly, and served as
a traveling ambassador, most memorably on MTV's annual Spring
Break parties. At his first Spring Break gig, he unleashed his
catchphrase, "weasel," on the world.
Pauly Shore's first comedy album, 1991's The Future of America, was named Best Comedy Album by the College Music Journalists. The album paved the way for Shore's subsequent releases Scraps from the Future and Pink Diggly Diggly.
Shore's first film, the critically panned cult film Encino Man (1992), garnered him a Golden Raspberry Award for his performance, largely because Shore was unabashedly not acting -- his character uncannily resembled his MTV persona. The movie was remarkably popular, and Shore parlayed it into several other films: Son In Law (nominated for an MTV Movie Award), In The Army Now, 1995 Razzie winner Jury Duty, and 1996 Razzie winner Bio-Dome. Pauly's wave of fame crashed when he tried to turn back to TV in 1997 with the series Pauly on the Fox Network, the premier of which received ratings so low that it was cancelled the next day. He has since created a Mockumentary about his life called "Pauly Shore is Dead"
In 2000 Pauly Shore won the Razzie award for "Worst New Star of the Decade," but lost "Worst Actor of the Century" to Sylvester Stallone.
By that time, though, Pauly Shore had fully retreated to smaller movie roles, and a "weasel"-free stand-up routine. He attempted a surprisingly successful comeback with the star-studded, autobiographical independent film Pauly Shore Is Dead: You'll Never Wiez In This Town Again, which went to video on January 25, 2005, after a small theatrical run. The film garnered critical praise and was positively received by fans, quickly developing a cult following.
Currently, Pauly Shore has a reality show on TBS titled Minding the Store. The series follows Shore as he takes control of the Comedy Store and attempts to revitalize it. In a CNN article to promote the show in 2005, Shore admitted that he is a recovering s-- addict and currently seeing a therapist, and that he allowed some of his therapy sessions to be taped for the show. Shore also said that if anyone did not laugh while viewing the show, they would receive a dollar. The individual simply had to mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Shore, care of TBS, and would in turn receive a dollar bill. This deal was only open to the first 250,000 people, and it is unknown if anyone ever did receive a dollar.
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