'Off the Cuff' Podcast: Pauly Shore Explains Why He's Just Like NASCAR
The '90s pop culture icon talks about his new Showtime documentary and his plans to have "a little hipster baby"
We could not have been more excited to have Pauly Shore on this episode of Off the Cuff, considering that Encino Man and Son in Law were strangely seminal movies in our '90s upbringing. Shore has a new documentary premiering on Showtime, Pauly Shore Stands Alone, that follows him on a comedy tour through the Midwest as he also grapples with an ailing mother (Mitzi Shore, founder of LA's historic club The Comedy Store) and bigger life questions, like whether or not to have a baby and if his online dating profile should be of the real him or one of his famous characters.
"They're like, 'You're not Crawl from Son in Law!' " he jokes about trying to actually pull this off. "'You're Crawl's dad!'"
It's true that Shore is not the young, weird, stoner-slacker lothario he used to be (trying to find the words to describe exactly what made him famous is still daunting to this day.) But because his movies are still played regularly on television ("CMT is a big audience for me," he explains), Shore still performs stand-up to packed audiences of all ages across the country, and says he does particularly well in Middle America.
"I'm like NASCAR, you know what I mean?" he says, quickly adding, "Don't tell them I'm Jewish."
He also tells us about the baby conundrum he's having with his current girlfriend as he remodels his house in Silver Lake ("We'll have a little hipster baby. We'll drink some Moscow Mules, grow our beards out, read Hemingway"), and why he decided to document this particular time in his life.
"I think at the end of the day, people care about you, but they don't," he says. "At the end of the day, people want to be entertained."
Pauly Shore Stands Alone should, at the very least, do that.
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