Paul Shaffer Remembers the First Time He Met David Letterman

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 12:21 PM, February 4, 2015

Aired June 11, 2015

Much to do the disappointment of many late-night fans, 'The Late Show With David Letterman' is ending its decade-plus run in May.

Now, with the finale just a few months away, Letterman's band leader, Paul Shaffer, is looking back on his long relationship with Dave, including the first time they actually met.

"I was asked to come in a meeting with him; he was looking for a band leader for his show," Shaffer told Rachael Ray on Thursday's episode. "He had seen me on 'Saturday Night Live' ... He and I hit it off."

What was Paul's first impression of Dave?

"He and his producer [were asking me] what kind of theme song [I would play]. And I said, "Well, the kind of band I would have would play ... a stripped-down R&B unit that played instrumental versions of [The] Temptations and soul songs."

"[And Dave said], I always thought of myself as the Otis Redding of comedy, anyway," Shaffer continued. "And I said [to myself], 'I gotta work for that man.'"

"That was my impression," Shaffer added. "He was quirky and hilarious and has kept me laughing ever since."

For more on Paul Shaffer's interview with Rachael Ray, don't miss today's show.