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Paul McCartney has appeared on Saturday Night Live several times as a musical guest and considers creator Lorne Michaels a good friend. The late-night sketch comedy series has taken advantage of having the legendary musician on the show and has featured him in a few sketches where the former Beatle can express his funnier side. Here are five Saturday Night Live sketches starring Paul McCartney.

Paul McCartney performs on Season 38 of Saturday Night Live
Paul McCartney | Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank


“Stumblin’” is an SNL digital short from Andy Samberg. The sketch is a parody of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” where it expands on the opening line, “stumble to the kitchen.” Samberg is just stumbling around New York City and is later joined by Paul Rudd. The two nearly fall doing the most basic activities.

McCartney abruptly hops in and sings a parody of Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” where he repeats the line, “Walking in slow motion.” He then does a quick harmonica solo before it goes back into the main song. 

‘The Chris Farley Show’ with Paul McCartney

“The Chris Farley Show” was a recurring SNL sketch featuring the hilarious Chris Farley as a parody of himself interviewing celebrities. The sketch aired three times, with guests Jeff Daniels, Martin Scorsese, and Paul McCartney. In the interview, Farley pretends to be a nervous wreck who asks obvious questions and beats himself up if he asks a lousy question. 

McCartney plays off of Farley well and manages to remain in character, despite Farley going off the rails. He doesn’t have much to say or do since most of the work is being done by Farley, but it’s nice to see McCartney playing along with the joke. 

Paul Rudd’s opening monologue

Back in 2010, Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live with Paul McCartney as the musical guest. In his opening monologue, Rudd shared how delighted he was to hear audiences outside chanting, “Paul.” McCartney then walks out on stage, and Rudd disappointedly realizes fans weren’t chanting for Rudd but for the former Beatle. Featured actor Paul Brittain also appears but quickly leaves when he discovers the other two Pauls have the spotlight. 

‘Weekend Update’

McCartney was knighted by the queen, giving him the title of “sir.” However, that didn’t stop him from having some fun at the royal family’s expense. On a “Weekend Update” segment, host Seth Meyers discussed Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles being attacked by student protesters in their limo. 

To try and discern the audio, Saturday Night Live brought in McCartney to help act out what the two were saying. McCartney plays Camilla and does an over-the-top, high-pitched accent where he pretends to be startled. Fortunately, he didn’t lose his title over the joke. 

Paul McCartney’s SNL ‘Holiday Pageant’


Paul McCartney and John Lennon Nearly Reunited on ‘Saturday Night Live’

This Saturday Night Live sketch is impressive because it’s both a sketch and a musical performance from Paul McCartney. In this sketch, Martin Short and McCartney are auditioning to be a part of a holiday pageant. McCartney has been reduced to playing the triangle, as Short constantly berates and tells him he’s a horrible singer.

When McCartney is finally permitted to sing, the set is pulled away, and he goes directly into a performance of “Wonderful Christmastime.” Normally, musical performances always come after commercials, but this sketch works in McCartney’s holiday hit in a funny way and with a surprising reveal.