On Dec. 7, 2013, One Direction made the group's second appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Paul Rudd was the host of this episode to promote his movie "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." As the musical guest, One Direction performed "Story of My Life" and "Through the Dark," which are both from One Direction's smash third album, "Midnight Memories."
During Rudd's opening monologue, he joked that during his previous two times he hosted "Saturday Night Live," he was outshone by musical guests Paul McCartney and Beyoncé.
One Direction joined Rudd on stage, and One Direction's Harry Styles said, "Don't worry, Paul. We're not here to outshine you."
One Direction's Niall Horan added, "Yeah, Paul, you'll just do that comedy stuff, and we'll just stand back here and pause and blow kisses and stuff."
Rudd then joked, "I didn't want it to come to this, but I'm also a bit of singer. You brought your boy band. I brought my man band." Then "Anchorman" co-stars Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell walked out on stage. And then the four "Anchorman" stars and One Direction sang Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight."
Later, Rudd did a skit in which he played a character Dan Charles, who calls himself One Direction's No. 1 fan. In the skit, he was surrounded by pre-teen girls waiting in line at a One Direction concert. One Direction then came out to sign autographs and asked Dan Charles if the autograph was for his daughter. When Dan Charles said yes, Horan asked what his daughter's name is, and Dan Charles replied, "Dan Charles." He then turned around so that One Direction could sign the autograph on his back. The skit ended with the camera paused on Dan Charles' gleeful face.
One Direction is the only former "X Factor" contestant to be a musical guest on "Saturday Night Live." The group's first appearance on "Saturday Night Live" was in April 2012. In that episode, One Direction performed "What Makes You Beautiful" and "One Thing," as well as appeared in a skit with the episode's host Sofia Vergara.