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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 10, 1997

Pauly jumps back
to TV with sit-com

By Camille Noe
For the Daily
What happened to Pauly Shore?
Once he was one of MTV's most pop-
ular VJs, better known as "Pauly," the
self-proclaimed "Weasel." It seemed

that viewers
couldn't get
enough Pauly,
who had become
somewhat of a
Generation X
icon. But then he

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just disappeared
from MTV and
headed to Hollywood to star in cult
favorites like "In the Army Now" and
"Jury Duty."
Now Pauly has returned to TV, this
time with his own sit-com. The show,
with the unsurprising title "Pauly," pre-
miered last Monday night on Fox. The
plot revolves around Pauly, a childish
adult who lives with his mega-rich
father, Edward (David Dukes).
Pauly's life is plush, pampered and
virtually free of responsibility and
-worry - that is, until his father's
fiancee, Dawn (Charlotte Ross),
moves in. Dawn is the typical gold-
digging blonde bimbo who seems to be
after one thing - Edward's money. In
fact, she'll do almost anything to get to
the family fortune, including mali-
cious attempts to kick Pauly out of the
house.
Pauly and Dawn dislike each other
from the beginning. When they first
meet, Pauly mistakes Dawn for a
masseuse his father sent for him. She
plays along to find out what Pauly is

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like, and he begins to tell her all about
his father's "stupid girlfriend." Dawn
quickly reveals her identity, and the two
begin their battle.
Dawn insults Pauly's intelligence
and his laziness, and Pauly shoots one
sexual comment
after another at
V I E W her. If Dawn was
not created as such
Pauly an unlikable char-
Fox acter, audiences
would undoubted-
Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ly be offended by
the string of sili-
cone and "Baywatch" jokes that both
Pauly and his housekeeper, Soomi,
deliver.
However, Dawn is both mean and
plastic-like, which makes watching
Pauly make fun of her enjoyable, even
for the skeptical viewer.
Unfortunately, the show provides little
more than this.
"Pauly"'s storyline is just too similar
to "Billy Madison" and "Tommy Boy"
and makes the sit-com predictable: Air-
head son has too much money to play
with, and never realizes how good his
life is until a money-seeking woman
threatens to take it away from him ...
hmm. Pauly Shore as Chris Farley as
Adam Sandler?
It gets better - or should I say,
worse. Dawn has a smart-alex son,
Zach (Theo Greenly), who is as ill-
willed as his mother. However, Zach
serves as a key to Dawn's past, as he is
quick to reveal her true intentions to
others and to tell her shameful secret:
Dawn and Zach had once lived in a

Like, totally, Pauly.

Franklin heals with
inspiring Detroit show
By Eugene Bowen and Take 6) has produced. Not much
Daily Arts Writer smaller than Heavy D, and with way
Anyone who knows anything about more dance moves, Hammond rocked
Kirk Franklin and his choir, the Family, the stage with songs like "Let's
knows that their music is far from tradi- Celebrate" and "Glory to God."
tional. Decked in blue jeans, a University So by the time Kirk Franklin and *
jacket and a Nike cap, Franklin was true Family hit the stage, the packed Fox
to his heavenly hip- Theatre crowd was
hop form at the Fox R E V I E W dripping with sweat
Theatre on Saturday and ready to feel
night. Kirk Franklin more gospel excite-
"I'm dressed and the Family ment. From the fast
like this to let the Fox Theatre ("I Got What You're
young people March 8, 1997 Looking For") to
know their praises the slow ("Reason

aren't based in their clothes," he said.
But what took place was not just a
concert; it was an all-out production.
The night included stand-up by Sister
Cantalo. The so-called "gospel comic,"
Cantalo prided herself on her full fig-
ure, saying, "Some say I'm fat, and that
may be true. But that makes me big
enough to beat the Devil down, too.
Besides, I'm not big; I'm just fluffy."
Sister Cantalo then went on to discuss
the Million Man March noting, "As a
woman, of course I had a problem with
it. How can one man get a million men
to march to Washington, D.C., but I
can't get one to march down the aisle?"
The night also included two mimes
whose "Good vs. Evil" act was power-
ful in its silent message.
Yolanda Adams also hit big with her
solo performance of such emotionally
packed songs as "Thank You Lord" and
"The Battle's Not Yours," as well as her
skaddy-wat jazz sounds in "Through
the Storm."
In between, she reminded people
why she and the other gospel legends
were there that night. "This ain't a
show; this is church. You don't need to
be entertained; your souls need uplift-
ment. You know you're doing some-
thing for God when the Devil is hot on
your trail. So we need to stop pitty-pat-
tying with the Devil."
Fred Hammond, the "radical"
founder of the gospel group
Commission, was an excellent addition
to this gospel extravaganza, as his more
than 16 years of gospel music work was
a precursor to the kind of secular-
sounding musical praise Franklin (as
well as groups like the Clarke Sisters

Why I Sing"), Franklin brought out the
Spirit through song. During the Famiyi
performance of the "Silver and Gol
Franklin had members of their audience
turn to each other and speak encourag-
ingly, with sayings like "No matter'what
people say, you can make it anyway." The
family even reworded some of R. Kelly's
"I Believe 1 Can Fly."
"(R. Kelly) really had God in his
mind when he wrote this," Franklin said.
From "Amazing Grace" to "Running
Back to You" to "Now Behold
Lamb," the gospel trio entertained, reju-
venated and provided audience mem-
bers with a new reason to believe.
"If we have just entertained you, then
we have not done our job," Franklin
noted towards the event's end. "I did not
come so you can leave the same as
when you came."
Some may have reservations about
the more secular nature of Saturday
night's show. Perhaps the heavy usage f
Ebonics, the rapping and the sampl
of such songs as BLACKstreet's "No
Diggity" made some feel uncomfort-
able. But what Franklin, Adams and
Hammond did was to bring the reality
of God a hugejump closer than much of
traditional gospel ever has. It showed
that songs of worship can be cool, and it
showed that spirituality and boredom
don't have to go hand-in-hand.
Twenty-seven-year-old Frankl
five-foot-five frame may not make ho
the biggest man in stature, but Saturday
night, he and his distinguished guests
were big in heart and infinite in spirit.
And in times of trouble and depression,
such things can't be underestimated in
their ability to help and heal.

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trailer park. However, they are sure that
Edward, his mansion and his money
will be theirs for the taking.
All of this is more than Pauly can
bear. He seeks the aid of his best friend,
Burger, to terminate the terrible Dawn.
The two access Dawn's address book
over the computer and find the names
of all the men - and women, as the
show seeks to "shock" its audience -
that Dawn has ever dated.
Pauly and Burger decide to throw a
"Welcome Dawn" party, much to
Edward's delight. Of course, all of
Dawn's rich ex's are invited, and she is
humiliated at the party. She and Pauly
get in a fight, and Edward 'decides the
best thing to do is to kick them both
out. In order to keep the show going,

Dawn gives an oh-so-touching mono-
logue of how she truly loves Edward,
for he is the only man who has ever
loved her. Right. All in all, Dawn is not
believable, but she and Pauly resolve
their conflict and promise to try to live
with each other in order to make
Edward happy.
"Pauly" is not the most well-written
sit-com on TV, but Shore manages to
be funny - without the "Weasel" act.
"Pauly" is 30 minutes of quick
laughs, crude jokes and who else,
Pauly Shore. If you liked him before,
you'll like him just as much this time
around. If you were never interested,
or hated "Billy Madison" and
"Tommy Boy," you'd be best not to
bother.

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