Then, as he was introduced and danced on stage, it was clear.
He never lost it.
And with his first words, “What’s up, bros?!”, the crowd was eating out of the palm of his hand.
And it was nothing short of a gourmet feast.
Having followed Shore through most of my adolescent years on to my adulthood, I’ve seen Shore rise the highest peaks of movie stardom and fall towards the bowels of made-for-DVD drivel.
Yet, Shore knows this. He knows his fans. And he knows his career better than all of us and is first at bat to give himself hard knocks.
“I know a lot of people came here tonight just to see if I was still alive,” Shore joked during his set. “You saw my name in the paper and said, ‘I thought he killed himself.’”
Though Shore was once MTV’s golden boy, being most of South Texas’ gateway to the Californian spring break shenanigans and one of Hollywood’s biggest earners in the ’90s, he hasn’t let the fact that he’s now mostly relegated to cameos and guest appearances sour his spirit.
“I’ve been chilling in my studio apartment waiting for my ‘Encino Man’ residual checks to show up,” Shore jokingly professed as to what he’d been up to in the recent years.
“But what’s cool about me is I’m still me, even though I don’t have a big camera in front of my face, I still walk down the street going (mimicking one of his signature dances from his films), ‘What’s up, bro?’”
And without any provocation, he answers the audiences’ questions about some of his more famous films and why his fans haven’t gotten any sequels. Whether joking or not, they got answers.
“Someone told me I should do I sequel to ‘Encino Man.’” Shore said to a riotous crowd response. “So, what I did was, I called up some of my other co-stars to see if they’re in to it. I called Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy), and he didn’t know who I was. I called Brendan Fraser (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”), and he said he was never even in ‘Encino Man.’”
And whether picking apart a crowd or lambasting Hollywood and his former co-stars, one thing is ‘Shore’.
Shore didn’t kill himself.
He’s very much alive and kicking and should be seen to be believed...bud-dy.
Pauly Shore will be appearing this fall in a new reality series titled “The Shores” as well as continuing on his nationwide tour.
Paul Gonzales is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550.