If you go
Comedian Pauly Shore
When: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25; 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 26 and Aug. 27; and 8 p.m. Aug. 28
Where: Capt. Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island
Cost: $22, $47 VIP ticket includes a $25 food voucher, early admission and closer seats
Information: (239) 389-6900, www.captbriens.com
599 South Collier Boulevard, Unit 218, Marco
Pauly Shore has grown up. Pretty much.
The 43-year-old comedian known in the 1980s for his alter-ego, the Weasel, realizes that California-buuuddy character is forever linked to him. But he’s much more than that these days.
Earlier this month Shore had the premiere of his Showtime special, “Vegas Is My Oyster.” The variety show features himself and other stand-up comedians, including Andy Dick, Tom Green and April Macie.
Shore will appear at Capt. Brien’s Seafood and Raw Bar, home of the Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25; 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 26 and Aug. 27; and 8 p.m. Aug. 28.
Shore’s been writing, producing and directing since his MTV days of the Weasel and starring in movies such as “Son-In-Law.”
“You work so hard to come up with your own thing,” Shore said in a phone interview about his Weasel character, “and you work so hard to try to distance yourself from the same thing.”
Shore grew up on comedy. He’s the son of Mitzi Shore, who has run the Comedy Store in West Hollywood since the early 1970s.
“Stand-up chose me, I didn’t choose it,” he said.
As a child, Pauly Shore said, he watched legendary comedians Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison and others perform before his eyes. Shore recalled the time comedian/actor Robin Williams performed and later stopped by the Comedy Store to pick up his $25 check in the alien outfit he wore on the television show “Mork & Mindy.” Williams offered a “na-noo, na-noo” and was on his way, Shore said.
“Now, I look back on it, I say ‘Holy (expletive), how did I live,’ but at the time it was pretty normal,” Shore said.
He’s quick to thank his parents for rearing him in such an environment because, if not, he’d probably “be working at Subway making sandwiches or something.”
Shore said he didn’t finally grow up until he turned 30 and realized there was no more silver spoon. In 2003 he starred as himself in “Pauly Shore Is Dead,” a comedy-mockumentary in which Shore fakes his own death to revitalize his fading career.
It marked his debut as a writer, director and producer and began his move away from the Weasel, the second part of his career, he said.
“You get more older and you get more seasoned,” he explained. “It’s like a bottle of wine; it just gets better with time.”
Shore said he has no plans to star in any movies in the near future.
“I do my own stuff,” he said. “I’m not at a place where I wait for the phone to ring.”
Capt. Brien Spina, co-owner of the comedy club Capt. Brien’s Seafood and Raw Bar, said Shore has performed a couple times at his club. Spina said he’s forever grateful to Shore for being among the first comedians to spread the word about Capt. Brien’s comedy club in Los Angeles and Hollywood.
Shore said he still hits the comedy trail because he enjoys performing stand-up. It’s as if someone is hosting a party and the audience members are his friends, he said.
His stand-up offers a mix of material, he said, from telling people about his life so far to discussing sex, drugs and relationships.
“For me it’s the easiest job. I’m actually more comfortable on stage than I am at a party,” Shore explained. “I’m like the doctor of laughter. I go up and try to get the audience to open up their souls and try to create a good time.
“Comedy is in my system. I can’t get it out.”
Want to work for Pauly Shore? Shore says he’s seeking an assistant. Go to willworkforpauly.com for more information.