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`Totally Pauly' - Comedian Pauly Shore in Hagerstown

April 09, 1997

Comedian Pauly Shore in Hagerstown

By Teri Johnson

Staff Writer

It's no joke that Pauly Shore calls his stage show "Just Telling It Like It Is."

The comedian and actor lives by those words.

Shore will bring his stand-up routine to Ramada Inn Convention Center in Hagerstown Friday, April 11. Due to its content, the show is for people 18 and older.

Shore, the star of the Fox series, "Pauly," said audience members can expect some things they won't hear on television.

"I'm not Howdy Doody on stage. I'm a 29-year-old man," he said.

Shore will offer his perspective on relating to people, and he'll share his experiences. After the show, he and his girlfriend, Priscilla, a model from Miami, plan to take a weeklong trip to Hawaii.

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Relationships figure prominently in another of his projects, the autobiography he recently completed. Shore was calling from New York where he was meeting with book agents.

"Everybody loves it, but they don't want to buy it," he said.

He said the book, called "How'd You Expect Me to Turn Out?," tells the truth about his past.

"I just wrote about myself," said Shore, the son of Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore and comedian Sammy Shore.

When he talked to The Herald-Mail last week, Shore was waiting to hear the fate of his television show.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that "Pauly," listed at No. 83 in the Nielsen ratings, had been canceled.

Shore said last week it takes a long time for a sitcom to become established.

"Look at Drew Carey; they believed in him," he said.

"Pauly" debuted March 3.

Shore said the show has been popular with 12- to 17-year-olds.

Shore gained national attention with his MTV show "Totally Pauly," which debuted in 1990, and he still appears on the network from time to time.

Shore, known for his Valley guy/space cadet persona The Weasel on MTV, has starred in the comedies "Encino Man," "Son-in-Law," "In the Army Now," "Jury Duty" and "Biodome."

"I milked the character; now I have to do some acting," he said.

He said his new Showtime movie, "The Curse of Inferno," is a first step in that direction. The movie also stars Janine Turner and Ned Beatty and is scheduled to air this summer.

In the film, which he called "a little bank heist movie," he plays a sweet guy who wants out of a make-believe town called Inferno, Texas.

He's playing a romantic lead, but that doesn't mean he'll be leaving comedy.

"I'll do anything good that's offered to me," he said. "I'll always be Pauly, the funny guy I feel I am."

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