|Birth name||Paul Montgomery Shore|
|Born||February 1, 1968|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, character comedy, surreal humour|
|Notable works and roles||Stoney Brown in Encino Man|
Crawl in Son in Law
Bones Conway in In the Army Now
Tommy Collins in Jury Duty
Robert "Bobby" Zimuruski in A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie
Bud Macintosh in Bio-Dome
Paul Montgomery Shore (born February 1, 1968) is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker best known for his roles in several comedy films in the 1990s. Shore began as a stand-up comedian at the age of 17, before becoming an MTV VJ in 1989. This led to a starring role in the comedy film Encino Man in 1992, which was a modest hit. He followed this with leading man vehicles, including Son in Law (1993) and Bio-Dome (1996). Shore provided the voice of Robert "Bobby" Zimuruski in A Goofy Movie and its direct-to-video sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie.
Shore was born Paul Montgomery Shore, the son of Sammy Shore (1927–2019), a comedian who co-founded The Comedy Store with Rudy De Luca, and Mitzi Shore (née Saidel; 1930–2018), who owned and operated the Comedy Store from 1974 until her death after receiving it in her divorce settlement. Shore was raised Jewish, and grew up in Beverly Hills, California. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1986.
Inspired by his parents' work in comedy and show business, a 17-year-old Shore made his stand-up debut at the Alley Cat Bistro in Culver City. "Everyone else in school was filling out their SAT applications, but I just passed mine back. I knew I wasn't going to go to college." Shore was mentored by Sam Kinison and opened several of his sets. While touring the comedy club circuit, Shore cultivated an alter ego persona called "The Weasel". "The Weasel" involved Shore speaking in a surfer parlance, heavily peppered with dudespeak slang such as "edged", "melons" and "grinding" as well as his catchphrase, "Hey, BU-DDY."
Shore's big break came as an on-air MTV VJ, a position he held from 1989 to 1994. At the height of his MTV fame, Shore had his own show, Totally Pauly, serving as a host on MTV's annual Spring Break parties. He also released a music video, "Lisa, Lisa, the One I Adore".
In 1992, Shore starred in Encino Man, which was a modest hit. The film's success propelled Shore to star in additional personalized vehicles, albeit increasingly less successful: Son in Law (1993), In the Army Now (1994), Jury Duty (1995), and Bio-Dome (1996). All five films received sharply negative reviews, with the last three each holding a rating below 10% at Rotten Tomatoes; in addition, each of the movies grossed less at the box office than the one before. Describing Shore's performances in these movies, film critic Roger Ebert wrote "Shore bypasses all categories to achieve a kind of transcendent fingernails-on-the-blackboard effect." In 1997, Shore starred in the eponymous TV show Pauly, which was cancelled after five episodes aired. Shore made a cameo appearance in the American rock band Limp Bizkit music video "N 2 Gether Now", as a pizza deliveryman, and a briefer appearance in "Break Stuff". The Golden Raspberry Awards has recognized Shore's film performances several times, awarding him Worst New Star of the Year for Encino Man, Worst Actor of the Year for Bio-Dome, Worst New Star of the Decade for the 1990s, and nominating him for Worst Actor of the Century (which he lost to Sylvester Stallone).
In 2003, Shore produced, wrote, directed and starred in Pauly Shore Is Dead, a semi-autobiographical mockumentary, which gave him the best reviews of his career (57% on Rotten Tomatoes, far above his 1990s films), and in 2005, starred in the short-lived reality television series Minding the Store. In 2010, Shore starred in Adopted, which sees him traveling to Africa to adopt a child.
In March 2018, Shore appeared as himself in episode 10 of the TV series Alone Together.
In 2022, Shore was announced to provide the voice of Pinocchio in the American dub of Pinocchio: A True Story. Following the release of the trailer in January, a scene in which Shore says, "Father, when can I leave to be on my own? I've got the whole world to see." went viral due to his unusual line delivery. Shore has taken the response in good humor.
|1991||The Future of America||WTG Records|
|1992||Scraps from the Future||WTG Records/Epic|
|1993||Son in Law (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Hollywood Records|
|1994||Pink Diggily Diggily||Priority Records|
|1989||Rock & Read||Host|
|Lost Angels||Kid #3|
|Married... with Children||The Captain|
|Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge||Buzz|
|1992||Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You||Himself|
|Encino Man||Stanley "Stoney" Brown|
|Class Act||Julian Thomas|
|1993||Son in Law||Crawl|
|1994||In the Army Now||Bones Conway|
|1995||A Goofy Movie||Robert "Bobby" Zimuruski|
|Jury Duty||Thomas B. "Tommy" Collins|
|Playboy: The Best of Jenny McCarthy||Himself|
|1997||The Curse of Inferno||Chuck Betts|
|Playboy: Jenny McCarthy, the Playboy Years||Himself|
|Casper: A Spirited Beginning||Snivel (voice)|
|Casper Meets Wendy||The Oracle|
|1999||King of the Hill||MTV DJ|
|Fat Guy's Paradise||Fat Guy|
|2000||An Extremely Goofy Movie||Robert "Bobby" Zimuruski|
|Red Letters||Anthony Griglio|
|The Princess and the Barrio Boy||Wesley|
|The Bogus Witch Project||Himself|
|2001||The Wash||Man in Trunk|
|2002||Rebel Fish||Himself/DVD Host|
|2003||Pauly Shore Is Dead||Himself/Bucky's Cousin|
|2005||My Big Fat Independent Movie||Himself|
|2007||Natural Born Komics||Himself|
|2009||Opposite Day||Robert Benson|
|2010||Pauly Shore's 'Adopted'||Himself|
|2011||Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star||AFA Emcee|
|2012||Whiskey Business||Nicky Ferelli|
|2014||Pauly Shore Stands Alone||Himself|
|2015||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||The Kev (voice)|
|2017||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Johnny Blowhole (voice)|
|2019||The Big Trip||MIC-MIC (voice)||American version|
|2020||The Midnight Gospel||Prince Jam Roll (episode 4)|
|Guest House||Randy Cockfield|
|The Little Penguin Pororo's Dinosaur Island Adventure||Mr. Y (voice)|
|2021||The Little Penguin Pororo's Treasure Island Adventure||Captain Dark (voice)|
|How It Ends||Himself|
|2022||Pinocchio: A True Story||Pinocchio (voice)|