Pauly Shore on Stephen Baldwin, Timothy McVeigh and The Weasel
Has Denver been on your radar for standup comedy?
Denver and San Francisco have always had really cool comedy scenes, and I'm happy that it's there, but you can be a good comedian from Pittsburgh, so it doesn't really matter where you're from.
Didn't Timothy McVeigh go to court there?
I was there. I saw him.
Well let's talk a little bit about your Showtime special, Paulytics. You interviewed some pretty interesting people during the election: Barney Frank, Michael Steele, Herman Cain. Were they cynical about being interviewed by The Weasel, or were they open to it?
Of course they were open to it. They sat down with me. They were cool. If they were cynical and weird about it, they wouldn't have agreed to do the interview.
In an interview, you said a big influence on Paulytics was Bill Maher. I'm wondering if you caught his bit in 2010 talking about government regulation-cutting jobs, and that being okay -- referencing deep-water oil drilling and the BP spill, saying, "Pauly Shore used to have a job making movies, and now he doesn't, that's not necessarily a bad thing."
We both love each other. We're old friends. That's like Letterman saying something about me. I think you jab people that you like. He's awesome. It's like with the Jeff Ross roasts. It's good, you gotta do that. It's fair game.
In an interview on Alec Baldwin's podcast, Andrew McCarthy recently spoke on his efforts redefining himself as an adult actor, when everyone associated him not only with his own youth, but with coming-of-age films for young people. It seems similar to your arc, with The Weasel being known as the identity of young people on MTV. How are you dealing with redefining your public image as an adult actor?
I think David Spade once said, "You work your whole career trying to come up with something, and then you spend the rest of your career trying to get away from that thing." I'm at this point where I'm really embracing my past. There was a time when I did Pauly Shore Is Dead, where I was . . . I don't want to say bitter, but I was tired. Burnt. Some of it had to do with the career slowing down, but a lot of it was just that I was growing up, and I didn't know how to grow up.
When I was in my twenties, life was just a Motley Crue party, know what I mean? Girls, Girls, Girls. And then I got older and I felt like my skin was shedding; I grew out of it, whether the cameras were in front of me or not. These days I'm so much more interested in staying in and getting sleep than I am going out and getting drunk. Not that I don't want to, but my body just says "don't." I'd love to go out and get laid and drunk, but my body says no, relax.