A great talent who started his career in Saturday Night Live (1975), where he worked with colleagues like Rob Reiner or Billy Crystal. He worked for some great stage values as Eric Clapton, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Crystal, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Holliday, Nathan Lane, Jenifer Lewis, Darlene Love, Patti LuPone, Lonette McKee, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short or Barbra Streisand. His first important score for cinema is Misery (1990) (directed by Rob Reiner) and then he scored movies for Ron Underwood (City Slickers (1991), Hearts and Souls (1995)), Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Forget Paris (1995)), Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993)), Sam Weisman (George of the Jungle (1997)) or Rob Reiner (Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), A Few Good Men (1992), North (1994), The American President (1995)).
Shaiman has raised a unique place in film music industry, with a great talent for musicals and songs, getting great reviews with his acclaimed scores for The American President (1995), Patch Adams (1998), Simon Birch (1998) or South Park (1997) (with wonderful songs). Shaiman won Grammy and Emmy Awards and the Tony Award for his musical, "Hairspray". He has been nominated for the Oscars and still works in musical stages and cinema scores. Shaiman has also appeared as an actor in some movies, many times paying the piano.