The late 80s and early 90s were good to Pauly Shore. The Weasel — an alter ego born out of Shore's standup — became, for a time, more than just a character. The Weasel was a living, breathing thing whose mannerisms and catchphrases, like it or not, infiltrated the fabric of American pop culture. From the small screen to the big screen, there was no escaping Pauly Shore. Shore's new documentary, Pauly Shore Stands Alone, which recently premiered on Showtime, opens with archival footage from that wildly successful point in his career. But the film quickly shifts focus to the reality of today: Pauly Shore, age 46, dealing with the mundane pressures of adulthood while trying to manage a career in standup comedy. I talked to Shore the day after the film's television premiere about his motives for making the movie, life on the road and people's strange and intense connection with The Weasel.
Your documentary just premiered last night on Showtime. What's been the feedback so far?
People seem to be in to it, I guess. I just kind of look at my Twitter feed for my notifications, you know? People seem to like it.
Are you happy with the way it came out?
Yeah, I like the feel. Have you seen it?
Yeah, your people sent me a screener. I watched it last week.
OK yeah, so I like the feel of it. I like the honesty of it. I like the look. I like the music. I like the shots and I think the story is cool. People seem to relate to it.
This was something you directed yourself. What prompted you to do it at this point in your career?
I just thought it was at an interesting time. I mean, I think my story, a lot of people are going through. It's relatable — being in their 40s, taking care of their elderly parents, maybe not having the best relationships with family members and being alone. I thought it would be interesting doing it with the backdrop of this snowy Midwestern tour, telling this story as I'm cruising along and doing my thing, you know? I just thought that the timing was good and the fact that I was living at home with my mom, you know, people relate to that shit. It's the real thing. READ MORE