P auly Shore Delivers Wiezel-free — But Still Funny — Comedy to Dayton
By Jason Webber
It was Southern California. It was the late ‘80s. And to those of us in a certain demographic who were there — the “Yo! MTV Raps” — watching, T&C Surf Design-wearing, suburban kids who were being spoiled by our Yuppie parents — Pauly Shore, a.k.a. The Wiezel, wasn’t just some dude on cable television, bro. He was our spokesman, beaming our message out to our exiled brothers and sisters in Middle America, who suddenly began confounding their parents by using terms like “edged,” “melons,” and what have you.
What was our message? Duuude, we didn’t know then and we still don’t know now, buuuuddy. But ah, it was a magical time when we could seriously imagine a day where Dudespeak would become the official language of the United States and when “Stop” signs would be replaced with signs reading “Just Chill.” Of course, we all know what happened next — we all grew up and became just as boring as our parents, and Pauly Shore grew out of The Wiezel persona.
But while Pauly may never Wiez onstage again, he’s still doing comedy. And best of all, he is still very, very funny. Dayton City Paper caught up with the reformed Wiezel to discuss subjects befitting a dude — Guns N Roses, Sam Kinison, girls and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Jason Webber: Your Wiezel persona was obviously a caricature of Southern California surfer/slacker culture. I haven’t lived in Southern California in more than 20 years. Are there dudes like The Wiezel still out there? Has the slang changed all that much from the ‘80s?
Pauly Shore: Oh yeah, they’re still here. I mean, it’s Southern California — it’s just the way it’s always been. I’m sure [the slang] has changed some over the years, but I don’t know how much.
You’ve always claimed Sam Kinison was your mentor. What was your favorite memory of working with Sam?
Oh man, he really was my mentor. I was just in awe of him. I looked like that kid in the Coca-Cola commercial looking up at Michael Jordan. It was interesting because when I saw Sam’s career really take off I was 17 or 18 at the time, and I just started doing standup. I was really inspired by him. [PS]
I loved your tribute to Sam in “Pauly Shore Is Dead” (Shore’s 2003 mockumentary).
Yeah, that was great, huh? [PS]
I once read that when you were four years old you sat on Elvis’s lap. Do you remember that?
Nah, it’s just a blur. I mean … I was only four. [PS]
Back in the day you were a big fan of Guns N Roses, and you gave them a shout-out on “The Future of America” (Shore’s 1990 comedy album). What is your opinion of the new version of Guns N Roses? Y’know, the one without Slash, Duff and Izzy?
I don’t really have an opinion because those guys just aren’t together anymore. I see Slash sometimes. Everyone’s cool. [PS]
There’s a scene in “Pauly Shore Is Dead” where we see you being evicted from your house and Carrot Top moving in. Do you still have most of the money you made during your ’90s heyday, or have you had some financially lean years?
Yeah, I’m all right. It was funny having Carrot Top move into my house though, right? [PS]
What’s the most number of women you’ve had in bed at the same time?
(Without hesitation) Four. [PS]
You publicly stated that you thought Sacha Baron Cohen lifted the plotline of your movie, “Adopted,” and used it in his “Bruno” movie by adopting African kids as a publicity booster. Did you ever hear anything from Sacha about that?
No. Not a word. Did you think “Adopted” was real? [PS]
Well, I knew it was a mockumentary but I could definitely see how it would have fooled some people.
Yeah, I like to take the stuff that’s real and then flip it on its head, you know? I want to do a mockumentary called “Pauly Shore Is Mayor of A Small Town” where I would go to some random town and run for mayor. The problem is, I think if I ran I’d win. And then I’d have to stay there in that small town and they would think I’m a c—sucker. I can’t stay in a shit town and be a mayor. [PS]
Would you ever make another Wiezel movie? What about one showing The Wiezel in middle age?
I’m thinking of a cartoon series showing that. That’d be cool. Let’s call up MTV, broooo (in Wiezel voice). [PS]
Pauly Shore will be bringing his wry observational humor to Dayton Funny Bone from Thursday, January 26 through Saturday, January 28.
Reach DCP freelance writer Jason Webber at JasonWebber@DaytonCityPaper.com.