NEW YORK — Live from New York, it’s One Direction! The British boy banders are set to storm the stage in Studio 8H Saturday night when “Saturday Night Live” goes live with “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara as host. While viewers will have to shuffle their way through all those accents, One Directioners will be tuning in to see what the mop-topped fivesome will do.
MTV News was on hand as the guys, who recently topped the charts with their U.S. debut album, Up All Night, were rehearsing and shooting promos for “SNL” with Vergara for their big late-night debut .
“This is our kind of show,” Niall Horan told us on set, in between rehearsals and photo shoots. “You know, we like to have a bit of a laugh. This is our perfect kind of show [and] we get involved as much as we can.”
Does that mean the guys might turn up in a skit? Well, fans will have to tune in to find out. “[Fans should expect] just us having a lot of fun on ’Saturday Night Live,’ ” Liam Payne said before adding, “We might be making an appearance after performing as well. Who knows?”
So are the guys funny? Harry Styles joked, “We think we are,” with Payne continuing, “We’re just those guys who think we’re funny.”
With the possibility that the guys might be appearing on the show in a skit, they listed off some of their favorite bits from years past.
Making the list? A rapping Natalie Portman, for one. “I like all the stuff Justin Timberlake’s done,” Zayn Malik added.
What stands as Styles’ favorite? “I like the Beyoncé baby skit,” he said of the parody in which some of the show’s biggest stars impersonated celebs like B, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift and Bon Iver as imagined by Justin Timberlake as they visit baby Blue Ivy. “I watched that; that was fun.”