Paul Shaffer

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Paul Shaffer
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Birth name Paul Allen Wood Shaffer
Born November 28, 1949 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Notable Shows Late Show with David Letterman: Bandleader
Late Night with David Letterman: Bandleader
Saturday Night Live: Bandleader
Awards

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Saturday Night Live Bandleader / Various 1975–1980
A Year at the Top Paul 1977 1
Late Night with David Letterman Bandleader 1982–1993
Late Show with David Letterman Bandleader 1993–2015
Flash Gordon (1996) Hans Zarkov 1996 1
Disney's Hercules Hermes 1998 1
Cover Wars Himself 2001

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Saturday Night Live
(credited as uncredited)
Paul 6x12 - Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton March 7, 1981
Saturday Night Live Musical Guest (as The Honeydrippers) 10x09 - Eddie Murphy/The Honeydrippers December 15, 1984
Saturday Night Live Host 12x10 - Paul Shaffer/Bruce Hornsby and the Range January 31, 1987
Saturday Night Live Musical Guest 13x05 - Candice Bergen/Cher November 21, 1987
Cosby Himself 2x17 - Fifteen Minutes of Fame February 23, 1998
VH-1 Where Are They Now? Artie Fufkin 2x21 - This Is Spinal Tap November 7, 2000
House of Mouse Hermes 1x01 - The Stolen Cartoons January 12, 2001
Primetime Glick Himself 1x06 - Paul Shaffer/Damon Wayans July 25, 2001
House of Mouse Hermes 2x03 - Clarabelle's Big Secret October 6, 2001
House of Mouse Hermes 2x04 - The Mouse Who Came to Dinner October 13, 2001
Ed Irv Nadler 2x19 - The Shot April 24, 2002
Primetime Glick Himself 2x10 - Cheri Oteri/Dennis Miller April 27, 2002
House of Mouse Hermes 3x05 - House of Scrooge September 2, 2002
Primetime Glick Himself 3x07 - Megan Mullally/Elijah Wood June 12, 2003
Hope & Faith Himself 2x18 - Hope Couture February 11, 2005
Love Monkey Himself 1x04 - The One Who Got Away April 18, 2006

Specials

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Steve Martin's Best Show Ever Himself November 25, 1981
Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas Himself 1985
Late Night with David Letterman: 3rd Anniversary Special Himself January 26, 1985 Late Night with David Letterman
David Letterman's Holiday Film Festival Himself (segment "Dress Cool") November 30, 1985
Viva Shaf Vegas Paul 1986
David Letterman's 2nd Annual Holiday Film Festival Himself (segment "You Kill Me") November 28, 1986
Late Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary Special Himself February 4, 1988 Late Night with David Letterman
Late Night with David Letterman: 7th Anniversary Special Himself February 2, 1989 Late Night with David Letterman
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary uncredited Himself - Audience Member Saturday Night Live
Night of 100 Stars III Himself May 21, 1990
1990 Billboard Music Awards Himself December 1990 Billboard Music Awards
1991 Billboard Music Awards Himself December 1991 Billboard Music Awards
A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out Artie Fufkin December 31, 1992
Friends of Gilda Himself 1993
The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show Himself May 20, 1995
Late Show with David Letterman: 5th Anniversary Special Himself November 23, 1998 Late Show with David Letterman
Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary uncredited Himself Saturday Night Live
America: A Tribute to Heroes Himself September 21, 2001
The Concert for New York City Himself October 20, 2001
Gilda Radner's Greatest Moments Himself / Various April 29, 2002
Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase Host December 1, 2002
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards Presenter February 23, 2003 Grammy Awards
Unseen + Untold: The Blues Brothers Interviewee January 21, 2004
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live Himself February 20, 2005 Saturday Night Live
The 60th Annual Tony Awards Presenter June 11, 2006 Tony Awards

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Hollywood Squares (1998) November 30-December 4, 1998
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn February 8, 2000

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction (1989, 1992, 2011)