Pauly Shore is more than the Weasel, the character he created as a teenager that turned him into a national name.
And while he'll still embrace the role that took him to fame through such movies as "Encino Man" and "Son-in-Law" and his shows on MTV, expect much more during his one-night-only appearance at Stand Up Carolina on Monday.
"In comedy, you have go with whatever's in front of you," Shore said. "If someone yells something out at you, you have to embrace it. ... Sometimes, a crowd will yell it [requests for the Weasel persona] out a whole bunch.
"Also, another thing, if I were to come out and do it for an hour, after 5 or 10 minutes, people get over it."
Shore said he may slip into to the role a bit at the end of a set, or as he said, "hit 'em in the butt with it." But the comedian's act has expanded over time.
Nothing may indicate that more than the summer release of his mockumentary "Adopted." In the admittedly rushed-together film, Shore turned a three-week stand-up trip to Africa into a criticism of the overseas adoptions being highly publicized by American media.
In the movie, he acts as if he's actually trying to adopt South African children, in the process pointing out what he believes to be a bit of a farce. "Adoption" was neither a high-budget project or even all that time-consuming. It was an idea that went from conceptualization to realization in a matter of days.
"I didn't talk to anybody about it. I was booked down there to perform, you know. So I said to myself, I'm an opportunist. I take opportunities that are in front of me," he said. "I had to take advantage of being flown all the way down to Africa. I said to myself, I have to film something, whether it's a safari or something.
"I came up with the whole thing in my hotel room."
Upon returning to the States, though, Shore immediately returned to true love, stage comedy. This month, Shore is the second of four headlining comics who have led Stand Up Carolina owner Jeff Martin to dub it "Celebtoberfest." The venue is hosting Hal Sparks for a five-show set this week. After Shore, Grandma Lee and Jamie Kennedy will also be in-house.
"I think it's definitely shown that we're going to be a major entertainment player," Martin said. "We're bringing in so many celebrities who haven't been here, or in Pauly's case, he hasn't been in here eight years.
"That's going to be our norm. We're not just going to flash to get more attention."
The club, which opened in May, has bolstered itself on the south end of the Grand Strand with many of those headlining acts.
The biggest this month, though, is Shore.
It's a role the comedian is more than comfortable filling, especially given the turmoil of his personal life. Shore is part of a very public legal battle over The Comedy Store, the world-famous club in Hollywood founded by his mother, Mitzi, who is now suffering from Parkinson's disease.
Yet, with his mother's health on the decline and lawsuits launched over The Comedy Store, Pauly Shore makes it a point to delve headfirst into his comedy.
"It affects me a lot. We could be here for hours" talking about personal issues, he said. "The only part that actually affects me is when I'm not on stage. That [when he's on stage] is when I'm free."
That source of freedom is different now than it was when Shore, now 42, was in his 20s. Those days of entertaining only the MTV audiences are gone.
Instead, he's merging into a different form of comedy, one that more closely mirrors his sarcasm and wit.
"I definitely found it [his comedy] aging," he said. "I never thought about it. It just happens. It's gotten better. ... It's less Weasel, more stripped-down Pauly."