If The Beatles weren’t busy revolutionizing the music scene in the '60s and '70s, they could have had an impressive run on the comedy circuit. The Fab Four had very different senses of humor - compare John Lennon's acerbic wit to George Harrison's sardonic commentary. That's not to mention Paul McCartney's often epic burns, or the clowning antics of Ringo Starr. These personalities came together beautifully as a cohesive unit.
"The Beatles were kind of the dream of how you might be with your friends as you went through life," Richard Curtis said in documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week. The group's classic British humor that was frequently deployed. In fact, it was almost impossible for the Fab Four to sit through an interview without cracking themselves up. Viewers had the privilege of a glimpse of The Beatles' private lives by watching these famous friends riffing on their own inside jokes. But don't expect to find John Lennon's famous quote that Ringo "wasn't the best drummer in the Beatles" here - as Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn explains, Lennon never said it.
The Beatles were some cheeky monkeys. Besides their music, Fab Four one-liners were probably what they were best known for. These are just a few funny Beatles moments and witty comebacks to enjoy. So Come Together and have a good laugh at The Beatles’ hilarious retorts to silly interview questions.
Nothing But Elvis Impersonators
On February 7, 1964, the Beatles had their first U.S. press conference. It was a madhouse, but one reporter managed to get this question in: "What do you think of the comment that you’re nothing but a bunch of British Elvis Presley impersonators?"
Starr began dancing his interpretation of Elvis’ moves, and said, "It’s not true! It’s not true!"
How Did They Find America?
During a mock interview from a scene of A Hard Day’s Night (1964), The Beatles receive the perfect set-up for a joke.
In the "interview," a reporter asked Lennon, "How did you find America?" Lennon replied, "Turned left at Greenland."
Lennon Got His Bandmates To Type Out His Book
Lennon was acting incredibly silly during a Swedish interview in 1964. The interviewer was focusing on Lennon’s book, In His Own Write. The interviewer asked whether Lennon's bandmates had anything to do with his book, particularly "did they help or hinder you in any way?" Lennon answered, "No, they typed it out for me."
Ringo Starr, Non-Smoker
Starr may not have been as outspoken as his bandmates, but he had a really cheeky sense of humor. During a 1964 interview in Texas, the Fab Four seemed to love playing into the whole Texan aesthetic. McCartney even had a big cowboy hat on and tried his hand at a Texan accent. Then a reporter asked Starr if he had any political affiliations. Starr replied, "I don’t even smoke." He then proceeded to take a big drag of his cigarette.