John, Peter and Paul

Until I read the AV Club’s post on novelty singles by comedians, I didn’t realize that Peter Sellers had done a TV version of his “Laurence Olivier” take on the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.” (Scroll down to # 12 in the article.) This and his other Beatles cover, “She Loves You” in the voice of Dr. Strangelove — “She Luffs You, Ja, Ja, Ja” — stand with “Auntie Rotter” (Sellers as a children’s show host who instructs her audience in how to brutally murder their parents) and a few others among Sellers’ most famous comedy records, but here he is doing it on British TV, and with the actual Beatles present.

Not only that, but there are outtakes from him taping the TV performance:

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