Although band leader Paul Shaffer has been around on David Letterman’s shows for the past 30 years, he is sounding clues that he may retire from the show in 2014 when his contract expires. The versatile musician, who is also a comedian as well, has managed to do a little comedy along his music on SNL from 1975 to 1980 before becoming the musical leader on David Letterman’s old 1982-1993 12:35am comedy show. And Paul Shaffer joined Letterman over at CBS in 1993 after Letterman got snubbed by NBC for the host gig of THE TONIGHT SHOW and accepted their 11:35pm slot.
Paul Shaffer also has dabbled in some musical production, as well writing the hit single, “It’s Raining Men” for the UK act, The Weather Girls, which was a #2 pop hit in the UK. And Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band(from Letterman’s show) performed “Rock Over Beethoven” in one of those Charles Groden dog comedies. Groden was a favored guest on Letterman’s shows with an unusual humor style that was dryly funny.
Paul Shaffer was given a call to play as George Constanza on the huge hit series SEINFELD, but he was so uninterested that he never even returned the call or auditioned for the role. Born in an Ontario, Canada Jewish household, Paul Shaffer has managed to play the durable sidekick of David Letterman for three decades now, That’s a pretty good run!
For decades, Paul Shaffer has impressed fans with his comedy stylings as well as superb musical skills. He’s the whole package!