How do you score an interview with Paul McCartney? Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedian Paul Mercurio says you just have to be in the right place at the right time. Mercurio, who works on both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, was backstage when he saw the rock legend just hanging out, unattended.
Figuring he’d never have the chance again, Mercurio approached McCartney, chatted with him for about ten minutes, then asked to interview him for his podcast, The Paul Mercurio Show. Sir Paul agreed instantly, and later that day they were chatting on the phone like old friends.
“He talked about the early days, they had no money, they were in a van. Somebody broke the window in the van,” Mercurio says. “It was very cold out and they would sleep in the van, so they slept on top of each other to stay warm. So they called it a Beatles Sandwich.”
Mercurio also tells Ali about Sir Paul’s memories of when the Beatles stopped performing live and started recording Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, to hear all about that, check out this episode of Daily Shot.You can hear the full Paul McCartney interview here.