One Direction Perform “Story Of My Life” & “Through The Dark” On ‘Saturday Night Live’: Watch

Sam Lansky | December 8, 2013 12:45 am

Well! One Direction were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live this week, and unsurprisingly — given that they’re, y’know, one of the biggest bands in the world — a whole lot of hay was made of their appearance on the show. (That is, they featured prominently in host Paul Rudd‘s opening monologue, where Rudd invited some comedy royalty onstage to perform a rendition of Starland Vocal Band‘s “Afternoon Delight,” as well in a funny little skit where Rudd played their biggest fan.)

They also performed “Story Of My Life” in a nicely understated rendition, looking appropriately polished for the occasion as they turned out the rootsy track, then came out later to perform Midnight Memories track “Through The Dark.” Watch “Story Of My Life” up top, then see “Afternoon Delight,” the biggest fan skit, and “Through The Dark” below.

Paul Rudd — Opening Monologue / Nine Direction — “Afternoon Delight”

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One Direction — “Through The Dark”

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