Stand-up vet Pauly Shore says comedy keeps him going

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Pauly Shore — famous for his roles in ’90s films such as “Encino Man” and “Son-in-Law,” performing as a VJ on MTV, as well as recent productions “Adopted” and “Pauly Shore is Dead” — will bring his stand-up comedy to Side Splitters March 17-19.

Known for his surfer-esque attitude and spaced-out persona, Shore has been performing stand-up since he was 17 years old, as his parents founded Los Angeles’ legendary Comedy Store.

“It’s therapy is what it is,” Shore says of stand up. “I have to get on the mic. It’s like my food.”

Shore has been performing stand-up since 1985, and he has a deep love for it, “I always say don’t get into stand-up unless you love it,” Shore says. “Don’t get into it unless you’re willing to do it for free.”

He has performed in Knoxville before, roughly a year ago at Side Splitters. “I love the South,” he says. “I love the people out there. I’m very fortunate that people like me out there.

“I’m always touring,” he says, adding that he has always loved touring. Even though he has focused on several productions in the past few years, he still manages to squeeze in stand-up dates between productions. The Knoxville leg of his tour kicks off three weeks of shows in the eastern U.S. and Canada.

Meanwhile, Shore has a full plate of productions running in 2011, ranging from a reality TV production called “The Shorez,” to hosting a CMT show called “Meet the In-Laws” to a Vegas comedy special airing on Showtime. He’s even filmed a role for the upcoming Happy Madison production “Born to Be a Star.”

In “The Shorez,” Shore attempts to fill his empty heart with an instant family. “It’s like ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ or ‘Modern Family,’ ” Shore says. “It’s almost a ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ style (production), but with the producers of 51 Minds, and they do a lot of reality shows based upon real stuff.”

His Showtime special, “Vegas is My Oyster,” features Shore and 13 other comedians and personalities performing. Filmed at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas in early 2011, the variety-show special includes sketches with Shore, Tom Green, Andy Dick, April Macie and Carrot Top, among others. It airs on Showtime this summer.

When asked whether he prefers movies or stand-up, Shore says “both.”

“Life’s about moderation. I don’t like to do anything too much,” he says. “The cool part about comedy is that it’s instant gratification,” he adds, explaining that making a movie or special “is like this six-month process, but the payoff is pretty extreme. Every moment is created by you.”

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