Pauly Shore Talks Pauly-Tics
The funny man takes on Washington with his new Showtime special.
June 28, 2012
If you see “Pauly Shore for President, 2012” signs begin to pop up around town, do not be alarmed. On June 30, Shore will be performing and taping Pauly-Tics, a new political comedy special for Showtime, at the 9:30 Club in DC. The special, which is set to air this fall, will bring together famed comedians and political figures. Capitol File caught up with the veteran comedian to talk about the upcoming program and his take on Washington.
What will make Pauly-Tics different from other politically themed comedy shows?
PAULY SHORE: This one has Pauly Shore! Not to mention we have a whole list of great talent, including Larry King, Michael Steele, Barney Frank, and hilarious comics like Godfrey, Vidur Kapur, and Rachel Feinstein. Plus it’s on Showtime, so you know it will be out there.
Why did you decide to create a political comedy special?
PS: Washington is a world I don’t know very much about, and a lot of my fans don’t know about it, either. ...I wanted to do something different that would engage both my fans and myself in a new way.
Tell us more about the special guests, comedians, and political figures who will be on the show and how you will incorporate them.
PS: The hilarious Rachel Feinstein, Godfrey and Vidur Kapur will each have a short set. [Other notables] like Larry King, Ralph Nader, Michael Steele, and Barney Frank will have their own segments on the show where they walk around the streets of DC with me. And [there is a] special appearance by Dog the Bounty Hunter.
Do you incorporate your own political views in your work, and does it favor certain candidates over others?
PS: Pauly-Tics is for everyone, bro. No hating.
Where do you find comedic inspiration?
PS: Just in my day-to-day life. I laugh at everything.
Who are you most looking forward to meeting during this process?
PS: Obama, duh! Can you please forward this to his people?
Coming from California, what do you see as the main cultural differences between Hollywood and DC?
PS: They are the same, except the buildings in Washington are thicker and scarier and most of them could use paint jobs.
Do you have any memorable moments from past shows in the DC area?
PS: Besides bow-tie shopping with Michael Steele? No.
Are you pursuing future TV specials and movies?
PS: One thing at a time! Let me get through this one!
Celebrating the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner at Carnegie Library.