Friday, 18 May 2018

Beatles parodies in TV variety show sketches

Please note: this is not a generic collection of Beatles appearance in live TV shows, it only features scripted sketches; interviews and songs as live performance aren't included.


Harry and Paul made a few shorts of the old Beatles that never took drugs and instead visit regularly the doctor for a prostate check, they also can convert square daughter to Beatlemania.

And this one is a commercial for YELP!

Another of my favourite TV shows parodies is the one on episode 6 of the first series of Big Train where George Martin is kidnapped by terrorists, then later released for annoying them with his never-ending Beatles-stories.

or you can watch the full episode here:

The next one from Smith and Jones is very funny even if the real Beatles parody comes at the end, which may already have seen in the main video collection; however, the whole 10 minutes clip is worth watching if you fancy a laugh.

Not as funny as the previous clips is one made by Matt Lucas & David Walliams (Lucas & Walliams) parodying George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr in Rock Profile with Jamie Theakston. Directed by Michael Cumming. 1999.

Another two clips featuring Peter Serafinowicz, the famous Ringo Remembers and The Beatles Box (AKA John Lennon invented the Apple iPod in the 60's)

Similar, but with a more shallow humour is this next clip by the Channel 4 British comedy Star Stories featuring another George Harrison parody. No further comments.

While the above clip is so-so, this other one from Star Stories is much, MUCH better.
It is known as "the (real) story of the Beatles", perfectly representing the the bossy attitude of Paul McCartney towards the rest of the band.

The clip above is taken from the episode from Star Stories - Season 3, Episode 2: Heather Mills, it gives a good idea of what's type of humour it is all about. You can watch the episode in full here below .... and here's just the trailer .. or a clip in HD :

The next two clips are Jimmy Fallon's Lennon impersonation on Saturday Night Live.
The first one is a fixed YouTube video upload; it was filmed from the TV with a shaky mobile phone and, however did it thought it is a good idea! 
It is kind hilarious how most people spends a lots of money on TVs and mobile phones and then they completely fail at using them.

The next clip, always from Saturday Night Live is best known as John Lennon and Jerry Garcia Memorials; it is a very funny sketch featuring Jimmy Fallon as John Lennon's spirit and Horatio Sanz as Jerry Garcia's spirit. Also starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Kattan and Cheri Oteri.
Original Airdate: 12/05/1998

Last but not least, another Saturday Night Live sketch offered by Jimmy Fallon & Fred Armisen.


Rob Newman's The history of the world backwards is a mock history programme set in an alternative world, where time flows forwards, but history flows backwards. It was shown on BBC Four, starting on 30 October 2007, and later shown on BBC Two. It was Newman's first television project for 14 years.

And finally The Dana Carvey Show - Leftover Beatles Memories  from 1996, featuring Stephen Colbert.

There's also a singing parody sketch featuring Rick Moranis as Ringo Starr on SCTV's Lee Iacocca's Rock Special (Second City Television) from 1982, let's call this clip "Rings".
Short's somewhat unclassifiable uber-nerd Ed Grimley (later featured on Saturday Night Live when Short became a regular) is an SCTV fixture, appearing on numerous assorted shows, commercials, promos, and "behind-the-scenes" dramas. His hair is styled using an upside-down funnel, and he plays the triangle, for which he took lessons. Grimley has an obsession with the game show Wheel of Fortune and host Pat Sajak. The SNL version of the character is the same, except the sketches have Grimley getting involved in weird situations: meeting a perpetually unlucky man (played by Ringo Starr), being targeted by the Devil (played by Jon Lovitz), and having a near-death experience. As of 2012, Grimley is the only SNL and SCTV character to have his own children's cartoon show: The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley.


Paul McCartney has been a guest of the TV show SNL in many episodes, and still appears regularly (well, once in a while, maybe once every two years). As we previously seen in the video collection The Beatles as actors, him and Ringo did a few memorable funny sketches that can be watched in full in the previous blog. I won't post the full clips again, but you can visit THIS PAGE to watch them, if you fancy so. (

In fact, I suggest you to visit the blog linked above for any real-Beatle appearance in TV shows!

I will only share this for now, which is a supercuts of Ringo's appearance at the Rowan & Martin's Laugh In show.

... and the extracts from the Rutland Weekend Television featuring George Harrison

.. and this is the unedited version:

The two mock/fake interviews with Paul and George at the "Weird Al" Yankovic television  show, also known as Al TV, are two interesting clips to show in this blog:

This last clip is from a short TV documentary. This is a reenactment of the meeting between the Beatles and Elvis from a 1992 videotape.  Since everybody who was there (both the Beatles and Elvis' entourage) recall things differently, we will probably never know just exactly what happened. 


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  2. I see you put the Rob Newman and Dana Carvey sketches I mentioned on here - well, I found another one that you might cringe at. Its a very vulgar take by Frankie Boyle on a Yellow Submarine song at the 18:30 point of this:

  3. Woah! This is going to be hilarious. My dad is not going to watch it. He used to love this band. He will not be able to take parody. Anyways, thank god, there are no parodies for Andy Yeatman shows. These are my favorite and you must watch these entertaining and educating shows.