Paul McCartney makes his fourth appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on December 11. Here’s a listing of the other times he’s been on the program, and whether or not the broadcast is available on DVD or download:
1) May 17, 1980-Steve Martin hosted the program, with the band 3-D performing live in the studio. This “SNL” broadcast took place four months after McCartney’s Japan pot bust. “SNL”‘s Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) interviews Paul and Linda McCartney live via satellite from outside the couple’s London office.Prior to the segment, Sarducci tells Weekend Update anchor Jane Curtin that Paul’s been “spending his parole time in an apartment in the office’s second floor”. In the skit, Sarducci believed the interview was to take place at 11:30 PM New York time , and the McCartney’s thought this was to be London time. So,the couple are interviewed at 5:00 AM London time dressed in their robes and pajamas. The interview lasts approximately five minutes followed by the U.S. premiere of the “Coming Up” music video.
The full episode is available on Universal’s 2009 release, “Saturday Night Live: The Complete Fifth Season” box set.
2) February 13, 1993-Hosted by Alec Baldwin. McCartney appeared live in New York this time with Linda and his then current band to promote the CD, “Off the Ground”. They performed two new songs, “Get Out of My Way” and “Biker Like an Icon”, and the Beatles favorite “Hey Jude”. Paul appeared in a couple of sketches during the broadcast, including a segment of “The Chris Farley Show”, in which he’s asked, “Remember when you were in the Beatles and you were supposed to be dead, and there were all these clues and everything and everyone thought you were dead. That was a hoax, right?”
The performance of “Hey Jude” is found on Lion’s Gate’s 2003 disc “Saturday Night Live-25 Years of Music Vol. 4” . The sketch with Chris Farley is also on this release and on the 2000 Lion’s Gate DVD, “Saturday Night Live-The Best of Chris Farley”.
3) November 11, 2006- Hosted by Alec Baldwin again. McCartney makes a cameo appearance, along with Martin Short, in a sketch in which Baldwin and Martin debate in a bar over who’s hosted “SNL” the most times.
The full episode is available for download at amazon.com. (Video on Demand).
So far, none of the three appearances have been released on Blu-ray.
The Solo Beatles Film & TV Chronicle 1971-1980 by Jorg Pieper, Lulu Books, Pg. 272 and 273, 2009.