This question might be answered sooner than I would hope, exposing an embarrassing oversight by my rock nerd powers, but I’ve been thinking about it for a few days and need your help, Townspeople!
In the years following the breakup of The Beatles, Paul, George, and Ringo had their moments poking fun at their time as Beatles. I think we’d agree that the greatest and funniest example of this is George’s role as a producer and actor in The Rutles documentary. How big of him to have a laugh at his own band’s mighty legacy and help foot the bills!
I can’t find the clip posted anywhere, but loveable Ringo appeared in a skit on Saturday Night Live, poking fun at himself for being the least valuable of items at an auction of Beatles memorabilia.
Even Paul, the most self-absorbed and naturally least-funny Beatle, had a number of giggles in celebration of Beatle Paul. The most significant example of Paul laughing at himself may be that brilliant SNL bit, where Chris Farley as Beatles Fanboy nervously interviews the bemused legend. Of course, SNL’s team of Web Wipers has wiped clean the clip I wanted to show, but there was Paul’s earlier appearance as 1963 Paul in the video for “Coming Up.”
Try as I may, the one former Beatle I can’t recall poking fun at his Beatle self in public is John…John, the self-aware, self-depreacating, caustic, cut-up extraordinaire! Am I missing something, or was John actually the biggest tight-ass among his bandmates when it came to his own legacy as a member of The Beatles?
For my own rock nerd credibility, I hope you’re as stumped as I am.