'SNL' Recap: 'Anchorman 2' Cast Battles One Direction (Video)
Host Paul Rudd welcomed co-stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner on an episode that also featured a parody of "The Sound of Music Live!"
Saturday Night Live and Paul Rudd delivered in a big way during the actor's opening monologue, which featured a showdown between Rudd, his Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues co-stars and musical guest One Direction.
Rudd started off the monologue by saying he was glad he wouldn't be overshadowed by the musical guest this week as he had when Beyonce and Paul McCartney performed during. But to his dismay, One Direction came on stage and stole his thunder.
So Rudd called in the big guns.
"You've got your boy band, well I've brought my man band,' Rudd said as Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner took the stage.
"Why don't you beat it Menudo," Ferrell said to the British quintet.
"Why don't you kids go sit on Santa's lap and ask for a pair of balls," Carell added.
But soon the men made peace with the boys, and all nine of them sang "Afternoon Delight."
"We are Nine Direction," Rudd declared afterward to big applause.
Ferrell and Koechner stuck around for a revival of the classic Bill Brasky sketch, which Ferrell and Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay wrote during their time on SNL. For the unfamiliar, it centers on extremely drunk men sitting at a bar and telling stories of a legendary mutual acquaintance Bill Brasky. (McKay tweeted Saturday that he was working on the sketch.)
Among Ferrell's lines about Brasky:
-- "He was the best man at my wedding. By best man I mean he got drunk, took a dump on the wedding cake, and made love to my wife on a water fountain."
-- "Brasky gave AIDS back to the monkeys."
-- "His urine steam is so strong it can cut through an uncooked steak."
Gross, but funny.
During its cold open, SNL took on NBC's The Sound of Music Live!, which delivered big ratings for the network Thursday. SNL presented a "condensed" version of the musical, which saw alum Kristen Wiig play a very strange von Trapp child who fondled Maria (Kate McKinnon) and sang inappropriate lyrics. Wiig's fellow SNL alum Fred Armisen also popped up at the end.
In what will surely be among the most talked about moments of the night, SNL unveiled a trailer for White Christmas, which was billed as "Everything you'd expect from a black holiday movie, but with white people." Rudd played several characters -- including an old grandmother a la Tyler Perry's Madea. A fake review from Essence called it "The Macklemore of movies."
Earlier, Rudd hilariously played a grown man obsessed with One Direction who camped out among tween girls to wait for the boy band to emerge. When one girl said she would like to marry Zayn, Rudd dissed her, saying "I absolutely hate to tell you this, but you're not. I know what Zayn's into, and it's definitely not you."
Rudd also played the model whom Michelangelo used as the inspiration for David. The problem? Rudd's character was unhappy with the rather -- ahem -- diminutive penis size of the master artist's David statue.
"You gave me the world's tiniest penis. It's like a baby's pinky," Rudd said.
So what'd you think of the episode? Are you happy with the Anchorman appearances or do you wish Ferrell had gone full Ron Burgundy? Let us know in the comments!
SNL is new next week with host John Goodman and musical guest Kings of Leon.
Saturday Night Live airs at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.