Paul Shaffer Plus One

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  • 2019
  • 1 Season
  • 6.7  (12)

Paul Shaffer Plus One is a captivating music-themed television show that premiered on AXS TV in 2019. It is a talk show where Paul Shaffer, the celebrated musician and bandleader of David Letterman's late-night show, sits down and chats with a variety of his fellow musicians and entertainers. In each episode, Paul unfolds some interesting anecdotes and stories with his guests, pulls out some unique music numbers out of his bag, and collaborates with his guest stars through some marvellous and spontaneous musical performances.

The show has an impressive lineup of guest stars from the music and entertainment industry, who discuss their personal lives, career paths, and thoughts about the music industry. Among the well-known guests invited on the show include rock music legend Sammy Hagar, Emmy and Tony award-winning actor and comedian Martin Short, jazz musician and band leader Jon Batiste, and blues rock musician Joe Walsh. The unique and highly engaging interviews provide fascinating insight into the legends' lives and music-making processes, making for an exciting viewing experience.

What sets Paul Shaffer Plus One apart from other music shows is the excellent musical performances. Paul and his guests take to the stage and deliver some of the most enchanting, soulful and lively performances. The music ranges from rock n' roll, jazz, blues, funk, and other popular genres. It is magical to see Paul sit in with his guests, playing some of the biggest hits of all time, including classics such as "Jump" by Van Halen, "We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles, and modern tunes such as "Alright" by Jon Batiste. At times, they take on improvisational blues riffing sessions that provide the audience with an unforgettable experience.

Besides the musical performances and interviews, the show is also peppered with some hilarious skits and gags with Paul's guest artists, made funnier by the presence of the iconic Martin Short. This keeps the show fresh and light-hearted, and you do not want to miss any moment of his unique humor.

The show's visuals have a nice aesthetic and are reminiscent of late-night television. The studio is usually set up with warm, dimmed lighting and features instruments casually displayed around the room. Amidst the comfortable atmosphere, Paul and his guest stars are usually seen perched on high stools with musical instruments ready in the background, ready to jam at a moment's notice. The production quality is superb, and with high-definition cameras capturing the action, it makes for a visually appealing show.

The show highlights Paul Shaffer's uncanny and unparalleled talent, as he gets musicians to open up and share their musical knowledge, undeniably making for interesting and engaging conversations. Paul Shaffer's wealth of knowledge, music theory, piano playing, and arrangement skills represent a perfect combination to make Paul Shaffer Plus One a musically-rich TV talk show.

In conclusion, Paul Shaffer Plus One is a must-watch for anyone who loves music, talk shows and great laughs. It's more than music, more than talk, and, most importantly, entertaining. The show's blend of insightful interviews, brilliant performances, and light-hearted humour make it a standout series that is both inspiring and enjoyable to watch. So, be sure to tune in to AXS TV to catch up with the incredible and inspiring musical journey of legends with whom Paul Shaffer collaborates. Don't miss out!

Paul Shaffer Plus One is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on September 15, 2019.

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Smokey Robinson
8. Smokey Robinson
November 3, 2019
Paul is joined by Smokey Robinson. The two discuss Robinson's life in music and his journey as an artist and as a musician.
Harry Shearer as Derek Smalls of
7. Harry Shearer as Derek Smalls of "This is Spinal Tap!"
October 27, 2019
In this episode of Paul Shaffer Plus One, Paul is joined by comedian and actor, Harry Shearer, in character as the iconic Derek Smalls of This Is Spinal Tap. Smalls hilariously reflects on his musical roots, how he got his start in the British rock scene, and opens up about This Is Spinal Tap.
Buddy Guy
6. Buddy Guy
October 20, 2019
Buddy Guy reveals how he acquired his first guitar, and discusses his new album, "The Blues Is Alive and Well."
Donald Fagen
5. Donald Fagen
October 13, 2019
Donald Fagen of Steely Dan discusses songwriting, his relationship with the band's co-founder Walter Becker, and gives Paul a music lesson.
Billy Gibbons
4. Billy Gibbons
October 6, 2019
ZZ Top guitarist and lead singer Billy Gibbons discusses working with the iconic Jimi Hendrix and how the blues influenced his music; Paul and Billy play a Muddy Waters cover from Billy's solo album "The Big Bad Blues."
Sammy Hagar
3. Sammy Hagar
September 29, 2019
Sammy Hagar joins Paul Shaffer to reflect on his musical influences, the resurgence in rock music, and his experiences in Montrose.
Graham Nash
2. Graham Nash
September 22, 2019
Graham Nash joins Paul Shaffer and reveals how he met David Crosby and where their relationship stands today.
Joe Walsh
1. Joe Walsh
September 15, 2019
Paul sits down with the legendary guitarist from The Eagles, Joe Walsh; Joe Walsh discuss everything from their influences to what it takes to write a hit guitar riff.
Where to Watch Paul Shaffer Plus One
Paul Shaffer Plus One is available for streaming on the AXS TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Paul Shaffer Plus One on demand at and Crackle.
  • Premiere Date
    September 15, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (12)