Pauly Shore answered one of the most devastating jokes delivered by Jimmy Kimmel during his Oscars monologue on Sunday night after the host compared the comedian to his former co-stars and two of the night biggest winnerBrendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan.
“Two actors from Encino man are nominated for Oscars,” Kimmel joked, referring to Fraser and Quan, who were nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. “What an amazing night it was for you two and what a tough night it was for Pauly Shore.”
The ’90s comedy fixture posted his reaction the next day via Twitter, shared, “I love it.” He then shifted the focus back to his former co-stars by adding, “But what I LOVE is that my old friends from back then, Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan, made it home to the Oscars! Don’t stop at your dreams.” Check out the full post below.
According to Page Six, the misguided diss didn’t strike Shore as unusual. “We love to hate people when they’re on top,” declared the one-time MTV VJ. “People wanted to crush me and they did.”
“I’m always nice to everyone, always cool, I put my heart into all my films,” he continued. “You are buying and selling people. People have feelings, it’s not like selling land.
The joke at the Oscars didn’t seem to spoil the moment completely for Pauly Shore, who called the wins of his former colleagues “a big deal” and shared that he was “happy for these people.” When it comes to Encino man, he reflected that “we did a movie together years ago and I’m glad people are still talking about it 30 years later. It’s crazy.”
Shore also revealed that he exchanged messages with Quan a few months ago, and even though he hasn’t spoken to Fraser in about five years, he remembers “working with [Fraser] a pleasure” and “comedy gold.”
Meanwhile, Shore has set his sights on staging a similar comeback with his co-stars. “I really miss acting and I miss the set … hopefully it will happen,” he said. “It’s just about dreaming and hoping.” He currently hosts the Apple podcast Jam in the Van and stars in an autobiographical one-man show, Keep Dancing: Stories from My Childhoodwhich attracted interest from an unnamed production company for a television adaptation.
“There’s going to be somebody out there who’s going to say, ‘You know what, we’re going to do something you don’t expect — we’re going to put Pauly in this role that nobody expects,'” he said. “I will not stop. I will continue. I knew I would get that call, and get that opportunity. That’s what it’s about.” Only time will tell if the rumored Encino man CONNECT because Disney+ is the right vehicle for that.
I don’t know if you’ve seen the @AngAcademy Awards last night, but @jimmykimmel flirting with me in the monologue. I love it.
But what I LOVED to love was that my old friends from back then, Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan, made it home to the Oscars!
Don’t give up on your dreams. pic.twitter.com/wD67uPtFn5
— Pauly Shore (@PaulyShore) March 13, 2023