Don't look now, but the once-ubiquitous comedian is back with a new reality show
Hey buuudy. Pauly Shore is on TV again. Seriously. The '90s pop icon, whose career began with MTV's Totally Pauly and then carried over into the movies, has resurfaced with a reality show, Minding the Store.
Shore's mother owns and operated The Comedy Store, the famed L.A. club. But business isn't doing well, so she lets Pauly take the reins, and the first two episodes produce what you'd expect: sexually charged buffoonery, and not a lot else. On the first episode, Shore decides the way to bring people into the club is to host a Hot Girls of the Comedy Store night. Too bad none of the girls are funny. The show also tails Shore as he visits his sex therapist and tries to keep it in his pants while he's on the road.
Time Out Chicago: Who are your all-time comedy idols?
Pauly Shore: Carrot Top. No, I'm kidding. I like the greats. David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison, Eddie Murphy.
TOC: That seems like a pretty standard list.
PS: Yeah, I'm a pretty standard guy.
TOC: The gist of the first episode seemed to be you can't be both funny and attractive. So which are you, funny or attractive?
PS: Me? I'm definitely not attractive, but then again, I'm definitely not funny. I'm screwed both ways.
TOC: On the episode of Entourage you appeared in, you get banned from the Playboy Mansion. Any truth to that story?
PS: I've been banned before, yeah.
TOC: But the ban's been lifted?
PS: [Laughs] Yeah, the ban's been lifted.
TOC: You talk about being a sex addict, and we've heard about you and a variety of Bunnies. You sell condom keychains on your website. Do you have any STD-protection advice for our readers?
PS: You're funny.
PS: You should be a hot girl of the Comedy Store.
PS: What? That'd be fun!
TOC: What makes you think I'm hot?
PS: I can tell. Anyway, you ever see Outbreak?
PS: You know that big thing, uh, they wear—
TOC: A biohazard suit?
PS: Yeah. Just wear that when you go out to clubs. The hazard suit, that's the best [protection from STDs].
TOC: Are you a player?
TOC: What does that mean?
PS: I don't know, I don't have a girlfriend. What you see is what you get. I don't lie. I don't cheat. I don't have some weird secondary life.
TOC: How's therapy going?
PS: I'm taking time off from it.
PS: I haven't found that girl yet. I know what the deal is—I got it all figured out. Dr. Phil should call me, and I'll tell him what the deal is.
TOC: Do you like Dr. Phil?
PS: Yeeeeaaaah. He's handsome.
TOC: Are you on tour for the show?
PS: I'm flying around for three weeks.
TOC: Do you have a favorite city?
TOC: Do you say that in every interview, whatever city the reporter is from?
TOC: "So, Tulsa—that's my favorite town."
TOC: So you're just a whore for this kind of stuff.
PS: Yeah, I love it.
TOC: You must have been approached to do other reality shows. Why now?
PS: I wanted to develop my own thing. If I'm going to do one, this is the one to do. I think America knows me, but they don't know I grew up in this environment. I think we're going to be educating a lot of people. The NASCAR crowd, people who love George Bush, those people: They just think I was in Son-in-Law.
TOC: Do you think you and George Bush have a lot of fans in common?
PS: Yeah. A lot of dumb people like me.
TOC: You talk about breaking back into acting. Do you think that's going to happen?
PS: You want to do everything as an actor or a comic. Look at Jamie Foxx. He was in Booty Call. He was in a lot of wacky movies early on. Then he got an opportunity to do Ray.
TOC: So what's your Ray?
PS: Probably the John McEnroe story. He's had a pretty dramatic life.
TOC: So how much would you want to do a Bio-Dome 2? Jack Black and Kylie Minogue are much bigger draws now.
PS: Probably $5 million. I'd do it for $5 million.
Shore's Minding the Store opens its doors Sundays at 9pm on TBS.