Posts tagged as paul shaffer

The Episode Where David Letterman Rotated the Screen 360°

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Yesterday it was announced that very soon we would be coming to the end of an era. Next year, David Letterman will retire [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Paul Shaffer (1979-1980)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 36 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

Seeing that he hit the performing scene in 1972 and has worked with legends like Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Christopher Guest, Chevy Chase, and of course David Letterman, it seems like Paul Shaffer was destined at birth to be one of the most sought-after musical sidekicks in comedy history. Whether it's his 30 years and counting as Letterman's band leader or his work on [...]