Point is, we all love Dave and we think it’s fair to say he’s getting his share of love from everyone. But what about the other guy, you know, the CBS band leader? The former SNL alum? The GREAT Paul Shaffer!
Well we wanted to make sure he felt the love too by giving you a rundown — in true Late Show fashion — of the top 10 things you may not know about Paul Shaffer! Ch-ch-check out the list below!
10. Before being the leader of the CBS Orchestra, Paul was a member of the house band on NBC’s Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1980. But he also occasionally appeared in sketches such as Bill Murray’s popular lounge singer, in which he was the pianist/keyboardist. Check out them reprising the sketch for SNL‘s anniversary show (below):
9. Not only did Paul work with Bill Murray on SNL, but he actually had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in Murray’s comedy Christmas movie, Scrooged along with Miles Davis!
8. Paul appeared in an episode of How I Met Your Mother titled P.S. I Love You. He showed up in a documentary about Robin Scherbatsky’s (Cobie Smulders) teen singing past as Robin Sparkles where it’s revealed she was obsessed with Paul Shaffer and the “P.S.” in her song P.S. I Love You, actually stands for “Paul Shaffer”
7. You won’t really be able to see him in the video (below) but Paul Shaffer appeared with the Blues Brothers at the 1996 Super Bowl Halftime Show!
6. Paul must have made some connections with the Blues Brothers because in 2000, he appeared in the sequel to Blues Brothers, Blues Brothers 2000!
5. In the 90’s Paul was on a roll popping up in cameos. In 1995 he made an appearance in the Blues Traveler music video for their song Hook — we TOTALLY forgot about this little gem from the ’90s!
4. The CBS Orchestra — which Paul heads — was previously known as The World’s Most Dangerous Band and wrote the song “Dress Cool” and produced a music video for David Letterman’s Holiday Film Festival in 1985.
3. Paul tells the story that he was actually offered the part of George Costanza on Seinfeld:
“The receptionist took a message: Jerry Seinfeld called. He’s getting his own show. He wants you to be his sidekick. You don’t even have to audition. And I was kind of overwhelmed, and I said, ‘Jerry Seinfeld. What kind of show could he possibly get?!'”
2. Paul Shaffer won a grammy in 2002 for Best Country Instrumental Performance for the song Foggy Mountain Breakdown which he did with Earl, Gary and Randy Scruggs, Glen Duncan, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Albert Lee, Jerry Douglas, Leon Russell and none other than THE Steve Martin.
1. Drum roll please! Here it is! Paul ACTUALLY co-wrote the hit song It’s Raining Men which of course gave us these GLORIOUS gifs and spectacular green-screened music video!
As a bonus, here’s a recap of some of Paul Shaffer’s hit moments on the Late Show with David Letterman:
We love you Paul and we’ll miss you!