George Harrison is remembered on what would have been his 69e birthday, Saturday February 25. Widely known as the “silent” Beatle, it is Harrison’s sense of humor that we have often found most charming. To celebrate her special day, we’ve picked out some historic yet humorous video clips for you to think about, but not until you’ve passed this True or False quiz.
True or False: George Harrison and John Lennon liked to smoke Marlboro in the United States?
True. This clip was shot during the Beatles’ first visit to the United States. “It’s a big cigarette for a big man,” Lennon says, causing a lot of laughter. As for the microgenou finger joke, it’s likely the guys were laughing at Kent cigarettes, based on the brand’s ad promoting its micronite filter.
Watch Harrison and Lennon promote a brand of cigarettes:
2. True or False: Harrison would rather be 21 to over 20?
False. Harrison graciously thanks his admirers for remembering his 21st birthday and shows an oversized card that represents itself. Clearly, he imagines himself one age above the other, but the fortified cake and the 52 bags of “stuff” sent by the fans, still arrive.
Watch Harrison 21st Birthday Message:
3. True or False: Harrison makes a good pirate?
True. Long before Johnny Depp won the role of pirate, Harrison played the role of Pirate Bob on Eric Idle’s Rutland Weekend TV show in 1975. Harrison has one leg, one eye, and a hooked hand. ready to fly his merry breeder after firing a quick during the show’s performance.
Check out Eric Idle (Monty Python!) And Harrison Ham it Up:
4. True or False: Harrison prefers to watch movies with large groups of people?
False. In this clip for “Ready Steady Go,” Harrison talks about American drive-in movies while acknowledging that their fame makes it difficult to get out in theaters. “Sometimes we see private movies… just because they’re private; they’re not somehow dirty. Harrison also talks about their preference for James Bond films and American soul records.
Watch Harrison interviewed on “Ready Steady Go”:
5. True or False: Was Harrison “excited enough” to be interviewed on Weird Al TV?
False. Harrison fell prey to the joker in this mock one-on-one session with Weird Al Yankovic on MTV’s “Al TV” in 1988. It is edited to give the impression that you want to cut the air with it. a knife, but instead the viewer is enthralled as Yankovic and Harrison comment enthusiastically at each other.
Watch the bizarre Al Yankovic harass George Harrison: