IF YOU GO
What: Pauly Shore.
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Where: The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road.
For Pauly Shore, who returns to The Comedy Catch for one show Monday, the work is all about doing something different and making people laugh. Sometimes the only person laughing might just be him, and that is OK.
"My happiness comes from doing the project," he said in a telephone interview. "I tell people all the time, the fame and being famous comes after you do the work. My motivation is the work and the projects and coming up with something from scratch."
Among his latest projects are a mockumentary he made about celebrities adopting babies called "Adopted" and a 90-minute variety show called "Vegas Is My Oyster" that he did for Showtime. It features Andy Dick, Charlyne Yi, Bobby Lee, Amber Lancaster and Playboy model Bree Olson.
"Showtime wanted me to do something outrageous, and I thought it would be wild to do something in Vegas during porno week," he said. "We did an old-school variety show with tuxedos and gowns with sketches, stand-up, singing, everything.
"The thing that worked about those old Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis shows was the camaraderie. Those guys were all friends, and that is what I wanted to create."
If you Google Shore, one of the first things that pops up is a video of Shore getting punched by a fan while onstage at a comedy club. The whole thing was staged, and Shore said watching and reading the online reactions was the fun part.
"It was just me thinking outside of the box," he said. "It worked out well because I did it after the whole Michael Richards thing."
Richards was videotaped yelling racial slurs at fans during a stand-up routine.
Shore said his approach to doing shows like he will do here is to make people feel good for a couple of hours.
"With me, it's an hour or two of people forgetting about their lives. I'm a doctor of comedy. It's like therapy."
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...