Saturday Night Live (abbreviated as SNL) is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show that airs on NBC. One Direction has appeared on the show once as a musical guest and was featred in a few sketches.
The show revolves around a series of skits parodying American culture and politics, performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. It was created and produced by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title of NBC's Saturday Night.
It was announced during the "Jonah Hill/The Shins" episode on March 10, 2012 that One Direction would be the musical guest April 7, 2012 with Sofia Vergara as host.
They also appeared in the Fred Armisen led sketch of a Dominican talk show, 'The Manuel Ortiz Show'. They portrayed Sofia Vergara's children, Carlito (Harry), Pepito (Louis), Martito (Liam), Miguelito (Zayn) and Dick (Niall).
In addition to the two performances, One Direction also dropped by Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong's Girlfriends Talk Show. They portrayed a high school dance team in the sketch, with 1D's Niall Horan delivering one of the worst accents in SNL history.