Hey, stand-up comedy world: You've really got to give it to Pauly Shore. And by "it," we mean "a job," please. Also, "a shower."
Shore's is a Hollywood story that we've heard a million times: curly haired slacker amusingly refers to himself as "weasel," wins fans momentarily, loses fans, films reality show about desperately seeking to regain fans, succeeds only in inspiring vivid hate amongst the populace. The man is a fallen idol. But instead of fading into the limelight and becoming a sanitation worker or something equally worthwhile, Shore came up with a better plan: a faked ass-whipping from a cowboy in Odessa, TX.
Sure, many comedians throughout the ages have had the inspiration to take the stage at Odessa's 8th Street Comedy Club, pretend to insult a patron, and then pretend to have said patron's cowboy hat-wearing boyfriend charge the stage and pretend to knock down the comedian with a poorly faked punch to the jaw.
But only Pauly Shore was man enough to follow through on the plan, then see to it that the video was leaked to the Internet, resulting in a nanosecond of publicity the likes of which he hasn't experienced since he did those King of the Hill voice-overs in 1999.
This type of staged assault is brilliant - if your name is Andy Kaufman and the year is 1982. Shore's stunt succeeded only in getting him ridiculed for getting beat up one day and then ridiculed for faking getting beat up after news of the hoax broke.
You lose, weasel.
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3. On the right track