Pauly Shore burst onto the comedy scene in the early 1990s with his unique, goofy persona that quickly made him a star.
With hit movies like Encino Man, Son in Law, and Bio-Dome, Shore rode the wave of his popularity through much of the decade.
While not all of his films were critically acclaimed, Shore nonetheless left an indelible mark on pop culture.
Early Life Growing Up in Comedy
Paul Montgomery Shore was born on February 1, 1968 in Hollywood, California.
Both of his parents worked in the world of comedy.
His mother Mitzi Shore owned the famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles and his father Sammy was a comedian.
Surrounded by comedy legends throughout his childhood, it seemed Pauly was destined to make people laugh.
After graduating from Beverly Hills High School, Shore began performing at the Comedy Store alongside acts like Louie Anderson and Jim Carrey.
At just 17, he was opening for the legendary Sam Kinison and held his own on stage.
Rise to Fame on MTV
Shore got his first big break from MTV in 1989. The music video network gave him his own show, Totally Pauly.
Featuring man-on-the-street interviews and sketch comedy, Totally Pauly introduced him to a wider youth audience.
The show ran for four years and cemented Shore’s fame as a lovable, harmless goofball character simply known as “The Weasel.”
His stoner-surfer persona was a perfect match for MTV’s programming.
Shore quickly became one of the network’s most visible personalities.
He hosted various MTV specials for years, including the annual MTV Spring Break parties.
Big Screen Breakout with Encino Man
In 1992, Shore landed his first starring role as Stoney Brown in the wacky caveman comedy Encino Man.
The film was a surprise hit, grossing over $40 million at the box office.
Pauly’s role as the zany, lovable surfer dude Stoney, opposite actors Sean Astin and Brendan Fraser, brought his unique comedic talents to a mainstream audience.
The movie’s popularity propelled Shore into the realm of big screen comedy star.
His frequent exclamation of “Wheeze the juice!” entered the pop culture lexicon. To younger viewers, Pauly Shore was early 90s comedy.
Continued Comedy Stardom
Fresh off the success of Encino Man, Shore starred in a string of moderately popular comedies over the next several years.
In 1993’s Son in Law, he played a reggae-loving college burnout who charms his friend’s rural family.
1995’s Jury Duty featured Shore as a slacker who tries to get out of jury duty by causing chaos in the courtroom.
That same year, the sci-fi comedy In the Army Now cast him as the bumbling leader of a misfit army unit.
While not quite box office smashes, these films further cemented Shore’s brand of humor in the mainstream comedy scene.
Reuniting with Co-Stars in Bio-Dome
In 1996, Shore reunited with Encino Man co-stars Stephen Baldwin and William Atherton for the farce Bio-Dome.
The movie featured Shore and Baldwin as dimwitted friends who get trapped for months inside a glassed-in environmental habitat. Bio-Dome received negative reviews but still drew big audiences.
Attempts at More Serious Acting
After a string of slapstick comedies, Shore tried to shift his image in 1997 with the crime drama The Curse of Inferno.
Playing a kidnapped firefighter, Shore toned down his outrageous comedic style. However, without his trademark wacky humor, the film failed to connect with audiences.
Shore also took on uncharacteristic serious roles in Casper Meets Wendy (1998) and The Bogus Witch Project (2000).
But it was clear his devotees preferred The Weasel’s goofier side.
Self-Referential Parody in Pauly Shore is Dead
In 2003, Shore wrote, directed and starred in the mockumentary Pauly Shore is Dead.
The clever film featured Shore poking fun at his own fading career prospects.
Using tongue-in-cheek humor and cameos from MTV alums, it paid homage to his 1990s fame while proving he could still make people laugh.
Semi-Retirement and Return to Stand-up Roots
Following Pauly Shore is Dead, Shore mostly stayed away from leading man film roles.
He focused more on stand-up comedy, returning to his early roots at The Comedy Store where he first got his start.
Shore continues to embark on national stand-up tours.
He’s also found a new outlet with his comedy podcast Pauly Shore’s Random Rants, where he pontificates on various topics in his trademark quirky style.
Small Comebacks in TV and Film
In recent years, Shore has made small but memorable cameos playing exaggerated versions of himself in various TV shows and movies.
Appearances on Entourage (2004) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010) showed Shore was still a formidable comedic force.
He also appeared in the comedies Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) and Pauly Shore Stands Alone (2016), proving his brand of humor still resonates with devoted fans.
Personal Life and Current Net Worth
Shore married his first wife Melissa Webb in 2003, divorcing three years later.
They have one son together, Aames Brother Shore. He also has a son named Ozgood born in 2009 with ex-girlfriend Jillian Grace.
Today, Pauly Shore has an estimated net worth of $30 million.
Though semi-retired from the peak of his movie stardom, he continues to perform stand-up and make TV cameos. His 1990s movies and MTV sketches remain beloved pop culture touchstones for a generation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pauly Shore
Where was Pauly Shore born?
Pauly Shore was born on February 1, 1968 in Hollywood, California. His parents were Mitzi Shore, owner of the Comedy Store, and comedian Sammy Shore.
How did Pauly Shore become famous?
Shore started off performing stand-up comedy at LA’s Comedy Store as a teenager. He then gained fame in the late 80s and early 90s starring in shows on MTV like Totally Pauly.
What is Pauly Shore best known for?
Shore is best known for hit comedy films like Encino Man, Son in Law, and Bio-Dome where he played his unique “The Weasel” character.
Is Pauly Shore related to any famous comedians?
Yes, Shore’s mother founded the famous Comedy Store club in LA and his father was a stand-up comic. He grew up around many legendary comedians.
What comedic actors did Pauly Shore work with?
Some of Shore’s frequent comedy co-stars were Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Baldwin, William Atherton, and MTV VJ Simon Rex.
Is Pauly Shore married?
Shore was briefly married to Melissa Webb from 2003-2006. They have one son together born in 2004. He also has another son born in 2009 with ex Jillian Grace.
How much is Pauly Shore worth today?
Current estimates put Pauly Shore’s net worth at around $30 million.
What is Pauly Shore doing now?
Today, Shore focuses mainly on stand-up comedy tours and appearances.
He also hosts a comedy podcast called Pauly Shore’s Random Rants.
Will Pauly Shore make another movie?
While not currently starring in major films, Shore does still frequently make cameos playing exaggerated versions of himself in various comedies and TV shows.