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- Paul Shaffer Reveals How David Letterman Knew He Was the Skeleton on Masked Singer
- The Masked Singer Skeleton admits he got a call from David Letterman weeks ago
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- ‘The Masked Singer’s Skeleton: ‘I Had the Time of My Life’
- The Skeleton’s Performances & Judge’s Guesses
- …But The Clues Say The Skeleton is NOT Martin Short
- Who is the Skeleton on The Masked Singer Then?
- Who Is The Skeleton? Everything We Know About The Skeleton on The Masked Singer
- Who Is The Skeleton? Here’s Who the Judges Think The Skeleton Is on The Masked Singer
- So Who Is The Skeleton on The Masked Singer? The Skeleton Might Be…
- Who Is the Skeleton on The Masked Singer?
- The biggest clues about the Skeleton:
- Who the Skeleton might be:
Paul Shaffer Reveals How David Letterman Knew He Was the Skeleton on Masked Singer
The Skeleton shook his bones during another performance on Wednesday’s episode of The Masked Singer, but his rendition of Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” landed him in the graveyard of eliminated contestants.
After the studio audience voted the Skeleton as their least favorite of the six performers, he was unmasked and revealed to be David Letterman’s former bandleader and Blues Brothers co-creator Paul Shaffer.
“I’m a whole lot lighter,” Shaffer, 69, jokes to PEOPLE of being out of his costume. “The skeleton head is heavy. It had its own agenda sometimes. I would want to go one way, it would go the other.”
Image zoom Paul Shaffer as the Skeleton on The Masked Singer. Michael Becker/FOX.
While judge Jenny McCarthy correctly guessed Shaffer’s identity, her fellow judge Ken Jeong insisted Shaffer’s close friend, comedian Martin Short, was underneath the Skeleton disguise. “I was surprised that she got it and she was so sure of it,” Shaffer says of McCarthy’s accurate prediction.
Speaking with PEOPLE after his elimination, Shaffer shares the costume he almost wore instead of the Skeleton, how it felt being in the spotlight, and what Letterman thought of his appearance on the singing competition.
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You talked in your clue packages on the show about feeling like you were playing second fiddle throughout your career. Is that why you wanted to do The Masked Singer?
I saw the show in the first season and it just blew me away because it’s just so crazy and the costumes are outlandish. When I got the call — “do you want to do it?” — I didn’t have to think twice. What a great opportunity to be a part of this thing that was absolutely mystifying and blowing me away the first season.
You have a musical background, so did you have to do much prep for the show?
I would never think of warming up normally like a real vocalist does, but on this show they have vocal coaches, so I would absolutely take advantage of that and work with the vocal coach and try to open up, warm up my throat in the classical way. Otherwise, I just had to think of songs that I knew the lyrics to. I learned later there was a teleprompter somewhere with the lyrics on it, but I couldn’t even see two feet in front of me. Who could see a prompter? So I was just trying to make sure I knew the lyrics.
Was it hard to move in the costume?
Just a little bit. It wasn’t too unwieldy compared to some of the other ones I saw. It’s hard enough to sing anytime but they make it even harder and they make it hard for everybody. That’s part of the fun. For the actual singing, the mic that you’re using, that’s a real microphone. That’s strange because you’re putting it up not to your lips but to the lips of a big plastic head. You don’t know if it’s close to your mouth or not. That’s another interesting part of it.
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What made you pick the Skeleton costume?
They showed me a number of options. One of them was the Ice Cream Cone. Somebody else became that. But when I saw the Skeleton, to me he reminded me of Fred Astaire, so suave and debonair a skeleton was he. From an old ’40s movie. I thought, let me try and be as cool as Fred Astaire as the Skeleton. So that’s why I picked it.
Was it disappointing to be unmasked before Halloween?
The merchandising, I could’ve put out those suits! Paul Shaffer Skeleton Halloween suits, I was all ready to go.
Did Letterman know you were doing the show?
Letterman did not know but called me. He does know about things like nondisclosure agreements. He called me up and , “Paul, you don’t have to say anything, but I know it’s you. I can tell by your walk. I recognized it right away.” I couldn’t confirm or deny, I just had to be cagey about it. But this guy saw me every day for 33 years. He wasn’t going to miss me. The other funny one was my friend Martin Short, he’s one of my best friends coincidentally from Canada and here’s Ken Jeong. He went, “I have studied Martin Short. I know that’s him. I’m positive!” Marty did call me and he said, “Aren’t you the Skeleton? I think you’re the Skeleton!” And I said, “I think you’re the Skeleton!” That was all I could say.
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How did it feel to be the one in the spotlight after all these years?
The truth is I get to do it all the time. I’m always appearing in a club, doing a symphony show, I’ve got a show on AXS TV, Paul Shaffer Plus One, where I play and sing with guests. This though, I was in a singing competition. I sure never thought I would be there. And you really have to have confidence. It sure is true when you’re second banana, there’s a lot of difference. I remember when I got to host the show for Dave a couple times — I thought my job was hard until I did his. When your face is on a camera in a closeup, that trumps everything else. That’s some pressure for sure, but very enjoyable and a lot of fun.
The Masked Singer airs Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on Fox.
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The Masked Singer Skeleton admits he got a call from David Letterman weeks ago
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WARNING: This article contains spoilers about Wednesday’s episode of The Masked Singer. Read at your own risk!
Turns out it was a beloved late-night star, not Martin Short or Steve Martin, who was behind dem bones! David Letterman‘s former The Late Show sidekick Paul Shaffer was the latest celebrity to get the ol’ heave ho from Fox’s The Masked Singer. Here, the 69-year-old former bandleader talks about why he chose to dress up as the walking dead, and how his old boss recognized him long before the judges did.
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hi! You were supposed to be Martin Short.
PAUL SHAFFER: Ah, is that is who you were expecting, seriously? That’s hilarious.
I thought the clues were pretty good. What did you think?
You know what? The experience of doing the show, you are so sequestered. They really take the security part of it really seriously. You’re in a trailer outside the building. When you leave that trailer, you’ve got to mask up, you’ve got a hoodie and a visor, like you’re the Men in Black or something. Then you’ve got that giant head on when you’re rehearsing. So you’re not even aware of stuff like . You certainly don’t see or hear the other contestants. That was my experience. I didn’t know what the hell was going on.
It was such a coup to get you. Was it a hard sell to convince you to do this?
Not at all, because I had seen some of the episodes from last year. Whenever I was home, I would watch it, because it was just so crazy. Yet, at the same time, it had two really good singers on the panel, and the other two were pretty hip people as well. It the midst of all that bizarreness, they were really going for vocal quality. Who is the best singer in these strange costumes? So it was a funny combination. When I got the call, I just said, absolutely. What a funny thing. It did not let me down. It was just as crazy as I would’ve thought.
Did they give you a choice in costumes?
Yes, they did. When I was looking at making a choice, I was going to maybe try to do some movement because I’m no singer. I don’t have a beautiful vocal instrument. I thought maybe I’ll do a few steps, and I could do that in the skeleton costume rather than some of those others like the ice cream cone or something. Strategically, maybe that was a mistake. Who knows? But Skelly and I became very close alter egos by the time we were done.
On the first night, I noticed that they had to help you come down the stairs. Was that because you couldn’t see?
It was both. You can’t really see where you’re going, and it was a big step, so they helped me off of it. You can’t look down. You’ve got a big head on you. But also, I thought the Skeleton should come out like a bag of bones. Like he can barely walk, you know? Then when the music hits, he jumps to it. I was trying to do that as well, trying to play that all at once.
Was “Rapper’s Delight” your choice for your first song?
I gave them a list of songs that I thought I could do, that I remembered. Apparently, they told me later, there was a teleprompter with lyrics, but who could see that? I had to know it. “Rapper’s Delight” I knew from way back in the day. It was so novel way back then that I memorized some of the verses, especially the one about how the chicken just tastes like wood. That’s the one they thought I should start with.
Let’s talk about what you sang tonight.
I went down in flames with the song “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by the band Jet. I remembered Jet performing it on Letterman, and I liked it. I liked it then. It was one that I thought, maybe I shouldn’t go all to the ’60s, or even the ’70s. Let me try to do something a little more contemporary. That’s one I thought maybe I could pull off. There’s some speaking in that too, which I took advantage of. And the style, it’s rock. Again, it wasn’t a beautiful, it’s not like I was trying to sing a beautiful ballad like Ariana Grande. Jenny McCarthy, by the time I got on, already knew it was me. She figured it out somehow.
Did you ever work with her or know her well?
No, I don’t think so. But they were all talking about sidekicks, because that was one of the clues. They were saying Andy Richter. Then I said to myself, why not Paul Shaffer? I was trying to get the mic to say, why not Paul Shaffer? I didn’t get that line in. Don’t ask me why or how she figured it out. “Rapper’s Delight,” I mean, let’s face it: It’s simply me talking. In retrospect, it was kind of easy to recognize my voice from that.
Well, I’m glad to hear it. The whole thing was so much fun, though. Those clues! I didn’t even know about them. There was something on the gravestone about the number of shows we had done on Letterman. People were tweeting at me, “You got the number of shows wrong.” I didn’t even know that number was in the set on the gravestone.
So viewers did recognize you.
Yes, that’s right. One of the tweets came from a guy who is an expert on the Letterman show, and knows everything about it. He started tweeting that we got the numbers wrong.
How many people in your life knew about this?
My family, or as the kids say, my team. I got a little team too. But anyone who you tell has to sign a nondisclosure agreement. So my 20-year-old son, William, who is in college, all his friends were asking him. He couldn’t say anything.
So are you expecting to get a call from Dave tomorrow?
He called me a couple of weeks ago! He knows about these nondisclosure agreements. So he says to me on the phone, “You don’t have to say anything, but I know it’s you. I know how you walk.” That’s how he recognized me, from my walk. We were together every day for 33 years, after all.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
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Celebs compete in this crazy reality-singing TV show while wearing elaborate costumes to conceal their identities. Can you guess the celebrity behind the mask?
*Caution: Spoilers ahead!*
The field of costumed contestants is getting even narrower following the fourth week of competition on The Masked Singer.
Wednesday’s episode brought six clandestine celebrities back to the stage to duke it out yet again, with The Black Widow, The Butterfly, The Leopard, The Thingamajig, The Flamingo and The Skeleton all singing their hearts out for the viewers, and the panel of celebrity “detectives,” including Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy.
After all six hidden hopefuls belted out their best performances, fans voted on who would be sent home, and America had to bid farewell to The Skeleton.
However, on The Masked Singer, every time we have to say goodbye, we get the reward of finding out the true alter ego of the exiting entertainer, and this time around we found out The Skeleton was actually… musician and former Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer!
The longtime musician says that the experience was “nuttier” than almost anything he’d done before, but liked that it allowed him to perform new kinds of songs.
“It gave me a chance to try songs I never would have thought I could pull off in real life,” Shaffer shared.
While McCarthy and Thicke successfully guessed that it was Shaffer behind the mask, Jeong was stuck on the idea that it was comedian Martin Short. As it turns out, there’s a good reason for Jeong’s guess.
“I was with him just last week,” Shaffer told Jeong. “I was studying him just to try to fool you!”
Tonight’s reveal comes on the heels of last week’s elimination, when fans had to bid farewell to The Eagle, who revealed himself to be Loveline host Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Pinsky sat down with ET the day after he got the axe and he opened up about the intense level of secrecy that came with competing on the show.
“The moment you leave your front door, you’re in a hoodie and a mask,” Pinsky recounted. “They won’t let you show skin, you have white clothes on so they don’t know what race you are or anything, and you’re not allowed to speak.”
Pinsky wasn’t able to tell anyone about his role on the show, except for his wife, Susan, and even she had to sign a legally binding non-disclosure agreement.
He didn’t even plan on telling his 26-year-old triplets — daughter Paulina and sons Douglas and Jordan — but he eventually had to spill the beans when they got suspicious and confused at the vocal coaches that kept showing up to his house to help him prepare.
Check out the video below to hear more.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
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‘The Masked Singer’s Skeleton: ‘I Had the Time of My Life’
The Masked Singer’s Skeleton knew some people would figure out who he was by his distinct voice.
Wednesday’s episode revealed that it was Paul Shaffer under the mask, but it wasn’t a surprise for those who know him (and his walk) best, including David Letterman. The former late night host knew Shaffer had signed a non-disclosure agreement, so he began their conversation by telling him, “You don’t have to say anything, but I know it’s you,” the Skeleton himself told TV Insider. “There was nothing I was going to be able to say to talk him out of it.”
“I had the time of my life,” Shaffer said of the experience.
Here, the Fox hit’s latest unmasked celebrity discusses his time on the show and Ken Jeong’s certainty about who he was.
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You’re obviously used to performing in front of large audiences, but as yourself. How did the mask and format change that for you? Was there a different kind of nerves?
Paul Shaffer: Mainly, it was just a physical difference of having to deal with that costume. It just makes everything a little bit more difficult, and of course you’re aware that everybody’s got the same problem. Yes, it’s true that you’re hidden, nobody really knows what you look like, but I never had a problem making a fool of myself anyway. I was pretty much in my element except for the big heavy thing on my head.
In the clues package, we heard why you were the Skeleton. What did you think of that costume and how it influenced your performances?
I picked the skeleton out of a couple of options they showed me. I thought that it would be easy to move in. I was only so right about that. I also loved the debonair look that the Skeleton had about him. I thought that’s what I always wanted to be. It gave me a little bit more confidence coming on, trying to take on that character.
Can you talk about your song choices, especially between your two appearances? Any regrets about last night’s picks?
The first one was “Rapper’s Delight,” a rap, not even singing. I gave them a list of songs I knew, and that was one of them. Back in 1979 when it came out, I had a lot of it memorized then and a lot of it came back. Of course it was maybe easier to recognize me, doing a rap, because it’s, after all, just my own voice, speaking in rhythm. There was that.
And the second song, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” I had remembered seeing the band Jet do the song on the Letterman show back in the day, always liked it, and I thought I’d give it a shot.
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Speaking of being able to tell by your voice, what did you think of the guesses? Ken was so certain you were Martin Short.
Wasn’t that hilarious? Not only was he sure I was Martin Short, but he said, “I have studied Martin Short. I know this man. I know his every move. This is Martin Short.”
Well, what broke me up was that Martin Short and I are best friends, and he called me actually and said, “I think you’re the Skeleton.” So I just said to him, “I think you’re the Skeleton because Ken said you’re the Skeleton,” and we were at a standoff. But I couldn’t say anything. You can’t tell anyone, even your best friend.
Did you go into this expecting one of them to know it was you right away?
I didn’t know what to expect, but I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be too hard to spot. My voice, such as it is, is pretty distinctive. The first show, I think it was still a mystery, but by the time I came back, Jenny McCarthy knew exactly who I was.
Was there anything you wanted to accomplish on the show that you were able to?
Just being able to do it was an accomplishment. Just doing it, I felt great about it. I loved it. It’s an experience I don’t think you can get anywhere else.
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Speaking of the experience, what are you going to take away from your time on the show? Are you going to look at it differently now that you’ve been on it?
Yes, I certainly have an understanding of it and I see that it really and beautifully so, it really comes down to your voice. Underneath all of the costume and trickery and stuff, the panel and the audience, too, they’re really listening to the people’s vocals and the tones. I realize that’s what counts on this show, nothing else really.
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“I had the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,” proclaimed Paul Shaffer after he was unmasked as the Skeleton during last week’s episode of “The Masked Singer.” During his post-show interview with Fox (watch above), the Grammy-winning musician stated, “I have done a bunch of nutty things in my career, hit by 17 dozen eggs with a giant fan on Letterman. This takes the cake.” Shaffer was eliminated during the fifth episode when he lost the audience vote against Black Widow, Butterfly, Flamingo, Leopard and Thingamajig.
Shaffer called Fox’s wild and wacky reality TV show “hilarious” and “so much fun” before adding, “When this thing is seen I don’t know what’s gonna happen to my reputation.” He’s perhaps best known as David Letterman‘s band leader and comedic sidekick on both NBC’s “Late Night” and CBS’s “Late Show,” until Letterman’s retirement in 2015.
Like all of this season’s eliminations so far, Shaffer noted he “never claimed to be a singer, although I’ve been shouting out rock and roll ever since I was 15 years old.” He expressed slight worriment at the idea of competing against professional singers, continuing, “I just thought, am I going to be able to come off like somebody who could sing? The jury’s still out, let’s put it that way.”
Throughout the Skeleton’s run, the show’s panel of judges — Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke — guessed Shaffer might be such famous names as Jon Cryer, Dana Carvey and Martin Short. “Ken comparing me to Martin Short, who is my best friend and makes me laugh just by opening his eyes, was a great honor for me. He is truly a master of comedic business, and I was trying my hand at it, too.”
“Somehow the Skeleton didn’t make it,” Shaffer concluded with a sad smile. “It has nothing to do with me. A Skeleton came in and somehow has to go home and I feel bad for the Skeleton. Here’s a message for all my Skeleton fans: it was short, but it was sweet, closer to the bone, sweeter is the meat. Good night, everybody!”
The guessing game has begun on The Masked Singer season two! But one of the most popular guesses for the Skeleton, Martin Short, doesn’t line up. And we know exactly why.
We’re going to decode the Skeleton’s clues and prove that it is NOT Martin Short under the mask!
The Skeleton sings “Rapper’s Delight” on The Masked Singer
The Skeleton’s Performances & Judge’s Guesses
Rising from the dead, the Skeleton started by singing “Rapper’s Delight.” Let’s just say the judges weren’t thinking this was a professional singer. But after his first performance, the Skeleton surprised the audience when he sang “Hard to Handle” in the Smackdown. His voice has some grit and soul for sure, helping him to narrowly escape elimination.
Initial guesses from the judges were all pointing to Martin Short. The judges even mentioned him in the first few notes of the first song! Jenny also guessed Jon Cryer or Nathan Lane. Robin guessed Dana Carvey or Mike Meyers. But after joking it was his dad, Ken says he KNOWS it’s Martin Short, because he idolizes him and has studied him. Martin is also a Broadway star so it would be fitting!
Clues about the Skeleton on The Masked Singer…is it Martin Short?
…But The Clues Say The Skeleton is NOT Martin Short
However, if you look at the clues, very few of them point to Martin Short being the Skeleton. Starting in the Super Sneak Peak, we saw the number “4261” on a tombstone, which HAS to be a clue. But that number has no relation to Martin Short. Why would they have a random number on a tombstone if it isn’t alluding to ANYTHING we can find on the celebrity?
Then, his clue package in the premiere left us with even more questions about Martin Short. The Skeleton says he chose his costume because he has “no fear of death.” He’s been around the block a few times, implying that he’s an older celebrity. At 69 years old, Martin Short does check this box! But that’s about where the connections end.
He says so many doors have been opened to him and he always says yes, but he’s “tired of playing second fiddle!” Though Martin Short has had his hand in television, TV, Broadway, comedy and even video games, I would hardly say he plays “second fiddle.” He’s had his own comedy specials and is one of the most beloved SNL alumni after all! Martin Short is often the lead in movies and television shows, so this doesn’t line up.
The Skeleton closes the package by saying that tonight will be a “wild and crazy party.” A Christmas party is shown on the screen too. Later, he says that he “has no booty to shake,” so he has to “shake shake shake his bones.” All these party references don’t make any sense for Martin Short. But they did lead the judges to guess Wayne’s World stars Dana Carvey or Mike Myers!
The Skeleton on The Masked Singer
Who is the Skeleton on The Masked Singer Then?
After all that, you must be wondering who the Skeleton is! Well now that we’ve debunked The Masked Singer Martin Short rumor, take a look at our prediction for the Skeleton! You’ll see that the clues line up perfectly.
For more clues and performances, tune in every Wednesday at 8/7c on FOX.
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s episode of “The Masked Singer.”)
The identity of the dapper Skeleton on Fox’s “The Masked Singer” was revealed Wednesday night — and no, it wasn’t Martin Short, who was by far the leading guess by both the panelists and viewers offering up their thoughts on social media for the last few weeks.
Turns out the tuxedo-clad bone man was actually Paul Shaffer. And while you were guessing Skeleton was Short, Shaffer tells TheWrap Short, his best friend, was bugging him to find out if Shaffer was the Skeleton.
“All I can say is that Marty called me and he said, ‘Are you the Skeleton?’ And I said, ‘I thought you were the Skeleton.’ ‘Cause you gotta say something to people,” the Canadian musician said. “A lot of people started asking, are you the Skeleton? But of course I wasn’t going to tell anybody, not even my best friend Marty.”
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But the incorrect guess of Short, which was first raised by panelist Ken Jeong on the two-hour Season 2 premiere last month, still makes some sense to Shaffer.
“No. 1, he and I are best friends, so I could see that a little of him certainly has rubbed off on me over the years, that’s No. 1,” he said. “No. 2, I thought it was hilarious that Ken Jeong, when he was speaking to me as the Skeleton that first night, he said, ‘I’ve studied Martin Short all my life. This man, his comedy is such an influence. I’m sure it’s Martin Short.’ That was hilarious to me.”
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Short wasn’t the only close friend Shaffer had to keep the secret from, as he says he disclosed his participation in the singing competition to only family members, who had to sign NDAs. That meant his longtime friend and former boss, David Letterman, was in the dark. But Shaffer says he had a hunch.
“He is not one of the people that knew, no,” Shaffer, who served as Letterman’s musical director, band leader and sidekick on the entire run of both “Late Night with David Letterman” (1982-1993) and “Late Show with David Letterman” (1993-2015). “But he did call me up, too — and he knows that people have to sign things, confidentiality things sometimes, for things like this — so he said, ‘You don’t have to say anything, but I know that you’re The Skeleton.’ He said, ‘I know how you walk.’ He recognized my walk, that’s how he knew it was me. But I didn’t say anything! I could neither confirm nor deny.”
Shaffer performed Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” on tonight’s episode and previously sang The Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle.” If he stayed on, he was hoping to do “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones, which is seldom performed by anyone but them, but Shaffer says Fox got the rights to use.
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Of the entire “Masked Singer” experience, Shaffer says “it was like a day at the greatest amusement park I could think of with the funnest ride that you stood in line for all day long.”
“That’s really what it was like to me,” he continued. “Each thing was more hilarious than the last.”
“The Masked Singer” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.
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The Masked Singer is finally back in our lives, and it’s not playing around. Last night (September 25) marked the premiere of Fox’s celebrity singing competition, and two performers stood head and shoulders above the rest. We already broke down who we think The Rottweiler is. Now it’s time to dig up some more theories. Who is The Skeleton on The Masked Singer?
For its Season 2 premiere The Masked Singer started with a brutal double elimination. Though The Egg and The Ice Cream enchanted the audience and judges, they just couldn’t crack it. After facing off against The Skeleton and The Ladybug, respectively, in a singing smackdown, both characters were asked to remove their masks and head home. That’s when we learned that The Egg was none other than Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, and The Ice Cream was professional gamer Ninja.
It was quite the revelation. But that’s nothing compared to the mystery around the creepiest contestant around, The Skeleton.
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We already know that The Skeleton appreciates the finer things in life. During The Masked Singer‘s sneak peek special we learned that this bag of bones is the most expensive costume in the show’s history and the star inside asked for a specially-made bone microphone. Also in that first special, this masked celebrity mentioned having a “skeleton crew” as they stood in front of a tombstone that read 4261.
This jazzy performer chose to be The Skeleton because they have no fear of death, though they’re been around the block a few times. This is definitely someone who is a trained entertainer. And a couple of clues point to them being a comedian. The Skeleton teased that they have always provided support, possibly referring to playing supporting roles in comedy. But they’re now “tired of playing second fiddle.” Also, the key to their success is that they “always say yes.” That could be a nod to the central rule of improv comedy, “yes and.”
But there’s one other huge clue hiding up The Skeleton’s gaping sleeves. At the end of their clue package this masked celebrity said, “Tonight is going to be a wild and ca-ra-zy party because I’ve finally got that spotlight all to myself. I’m gonna knock them dead.”
“Wild and crazy” was the catchphrase of Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin’s “Two Wild and Crazy Guys” sketches on Saturday Night Live. Additionally, while The Skeleton was talking two guys dressed in Christmas sweaters were cheerily drinking punch, and The Skeleton ended their clue package by saying “Party on, dudes.” Those seem like references to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure — or possibly Wayne’s World. This is likely a comedian of a very specific era.
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Even before The Skeleton finished “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugar Hill Gang, Ken Jeong had their number. Jeong is confident that The Skeleton is comedian and former SNL cast member Martin Short.
Jenny McCarthy also went the comedian route and guessed Jon Cryer, best known for starring in Two and a Half Men, and Broadway icon Nathan Lane. Robin Thicke continued the trend by throwing Dana Carvey’s name into the mix.
So Who Is The Skeleton on The Masked Singer? The Skeleton Might Be…
The internet is with Jeong for once. Most people believe The Skeleton is Martin Short. After all he has the comedy cred this old timer has been teasing. But singer Paul Shaffer has also been floated as has filmmaker Tim Burton. The latter seems fairly unlikely and too on brand, but who knows? Weirder things have happened, like this entire show for example.
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TV’s biggest mystery may not be on your typical crime drama. Rather, it lies in Fox’s reality performance show, The Masked Singer. The show, now in its second season, unveiled a whole new roster of anonymous celebs on the September 25 premiere. Among the new contestants was the Skeleton who wowed judges with his comedic skills and stage presence. After three chances to guess his identity, a couple of the judges ended up being correct.
Who Is the Skeleton on The Masked Singer?
On Oct. 16, it was revealed that the person wearing the Skeleton mask was Paul Shaffer.
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The musician was David Letterman’s band director on his late night show, so now all of the clues in the video packages make so much sense. The “keys” mentioned were those of the piano, one of Shaffer’s instruments. And all the references to orchestrating things, playing second fiddle, and being instrumental were references to his musical ability. As for the nods to him being a sidekick standing in the shadow of his parter — well, Shaffer was second fiddle to Letterman on Letterman’s show.
It wasn’t until the Skeleton’s final performance that anyone guessed Shaffer as an option. Previously, many fans and some of the judges seemed to think that the Skeleton was actor/comedian Martin Short. Some of the clues did match him, since he also played second fiddle to Steve Martin and has had a lengthy career focused on comedy. Judge Robin Thicke was also getting a Vegas vibe from him, and Martin Short does actually have a show coming to Vegas in October, according to KTNV Las Vegas. The Skeleton also said he’d “been around the block a few times,” indicating that he was an older contestant. Martin Short is 69, but that clue also fit Shaffer who is 69 as well.
Skeleton really does kind of sound like Martin Short… #TheMaskedSinger
— David Onda (@David_Onda) September 26, 2019
The Skeleton is soooo Martin Short and I could not be more excited about an #SNL – #TheMaskedSinger crossover!!! pic.twitter.com/tkNY98iE86
— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) September 26, 2019
The Skeleton on The Masked Singer has legitimately made me grin from ear to ear. If it’s not Martin Short, it’s an amazing Martin Short impersonator. But whoever it is, complete joy to watch!! pic.twitter.com/7K4Tgu2rxH
— jax ☘️ (@jaxbra) September 26, 2019
Some other fans and even judge Nicole Scherzinger thought the Skeleton could also be Teller of magic duo Penn and Teller. His name comes second to Penn in their shows and his “key” clue could have been that he received a key to Las Vegas in 2011.
In the end, though, Jenny McCarthy got it right when she guessed Paul Shaffer. McCarthy said she was tipped off by the voice, but also by all the clues to music in the video package. The clues were meant to be a lot harder this year (and they certainly threw some people off who were guessing Short and Teller), but McCarthy was still able to crack this case. She’s also not the only one.
Shaffer told Entertainment Weekly after his elimination that David Letterman knew it was him weeks ago. “He knows about these nondisclosure agreements. So he says to me on the phone, ‘You don’t have to say anything, but I know it’s you. I know how you walk,'” Shaffer recalled. “That’s how he recognized me, from my walk. We were together every day for 33 years, after all.”
The Masked Singer and all of its bizarro costumes have returned for a second season of entertainment on Fox, and unsurprisingly we’ve already begun obsessing over which celebrities are under those elaborate masks. While there’s been plenty of buzz about contestants like the Rottweiler and the recently axed Egg, right now we need to discuss the Skeleton: what clues do we have so far, and who is he?!
The biggest clues about the Skeleton:
In the Skeleton’s clue package, it’s revealed that he’s 1) a man, and 2) went through a near-death experience, hence the costume, but is “far from dead” after being “around the block a few times.” He might also have been in a band or ensemble cast, since he said he’s used to “playing second fiddle” (“I finally get that spotlight all to myself.”) The most important clues are the nods to Saturday Night Live — Skeleton says both “Party on” and “Wild and crazy party,” both of which are lines from iconic sketches on the show (“Wayne’s World” and “Two Wild and Crazy Guys”).
Who the Skeleton might be:
Our bet is on Dana Carvey — not only did the actor and comedian undergo a risky heart surgery, but “party on” is a famous line from his movie Wayne’s World, where he plays second fiddle Garth to Mike Myers’s Wayne. However, fans of The Masked Singer have two other SNL alums on their mind: Martin Short and Paul Shaffer. The latter would especially make sense given his history in the sketch show’s house band.
Week 4 of the hit show The Masked Singer revealed the identity of the spooky Skeleton. The hip Skeleton was revealed to be none other than Paul Shaffer. The old bag o’ bones is famous for creating the SNL characters The Blues Brothers.
It was that time of the week again to take a stab at decoding the clues given on season 2 of The Masked Singer. The show is a top-secret singing competition where celebrities from all walks of life face off against one another while performing in elaborate costumes and masks that conceal their identity. In the past weeks of the competition, some stars have been revealed to fans such as Johnny Weir, Laila Ali, and Dr. Drew Pinsky. The audience votes for their favorite singer of the night which means the character with the least amount of votes has to be sent home.
Week four had judges Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Robin Thicke participating in the second round of singing between the hidden stars. In the October 16th episode, it featured performances from the Flamingo, the Black Widow, the Leopard, the Skelton, the Butterfly, and Thingamajig. The Skeleton performed a rock-and-roll song that seemed to get the crowd going. Since this was the second round of the singing battle there was no smackdown between the character as they are slowly being picked off one by one. Unfortunately, there always had to be a loser -and this past week it was the Skeleton.
The Skeleton had given some decent clues when it came to figuring out who he may be. Most of the clues had to do with identity and the feeling of being dwarfed. The pair of bones also hinted that he was instrumental in coordinating others around him later in his career. The Skeleton rocked the night away singing “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” but it just was not enough to secure him the win to move on. While some of the judges thought that it could be Martin Short under the costume, McCarthy was the only one who got it correct by guessing Paul Shaffer. The band leader did admit that he was with the comedian last weekend and studied his mannerisms in order to throw the judges off his trail.
Shaffer absolutely loved being apart of season 2 of The Masked Singer and bragged, “What a great opportunity to be a part of this thing that was absolutely mystifying and blowing me away the first season.” The musician joked that he was afraid to forget the words to his songs so he “just had to think of songs that I knew the lyrics to.” Shaffer also added that he picked the Skeleton as his costume because it reminded him of Fred Astair. He loved how the 1940’s dance was suave and debonair and wanted to try his best to imitate him throughout his performances.
While the rest of the night was pretty uneventful, the Butterfly did get the shock of her life when she was electrocuted in the middle of her “Living on a Prayer” performance. The woman underneath said she was fine but did joke that she did not want to be “dead on a prayer.” While fans were sad to see the Skeleton go as his humor brought a lightness to the competition. But there are still so many more stars to demask in the upcoming episodes.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 8 pm EST on Fox.
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