Saturday Night Live Korea

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Saturday Night Live Korea
SNL logo 2015.png
Also known as SNL Korea
Created by Lorne Michaels
Directed by Yoo Sung-mo
Baek Seung-ryong
Kim Min
Ha Byeong-hun
Creative director(s) Song Chang-ui
(Season 4)
Jang Jin
(Season 1,2,3)
Presented by Shin Dong-yup (de facto)
Starring (see 'Current cast members')
Narrated by Kang Su-jin
(Season 3,4)
Lee Sang-hoon
(Season 1,2,3)
Opening theme by Common Ground
Ending theme by Common Ground
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 140 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jennifer Danielson
Producer(s) Ahn Sang-hui
Location(s) Multi-studio of CJ E&M Broadcasting Center, Digital Media City, Seoul, South Korea
Running time 60 minutes, including adverts
Saturdays at 23:00 (KST)
Production company(s) CJ E&M
Original network tvN
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release 3 December 2011 (2011-12-03) – present
Related shows Saturday Night Live
External links
SNL Korea official tvN website
Korean name
Revised Romanization Saeteode-i Na-iteu Ra-ibeu Gori-a
McCune–Reischauer Saet'ŏtei Naitŭ Raibŭ Koria

Saturday Night Live Korea (Hangul새터데이 나이트 라이브 코리아; abbreviated as SNL Korea or SNLK (HangulSNL코리아)) is a South Korean late-night live television sketch comedy and variety television program broadcast on general service cable channel tvN. It is adapted from the long-running American TV show Saturday Night Live on NBC. The weekly program premiered on December 3, 2011, and airs on Saturdays at 23:00.[1]


Season one[edit]

Written and directed by filmmaker and playwright Jang Jin,[2] the show was officially announced on November 24, 2011 at a roundtable press conference in Cheongdam-dong. The original cast was composed of 17 members: Jang Jin, Ahn Young-mi, Lee Han-wi, Jung Woong-in, Kim Bin-woo, Jang Young-nam, Kim Won-hae, Lee Hae-young, Lee Chul-min, Lee Sang-hoon, Park Joon-seo, Kim Ji-young, Kim Ji-kyung, Min Seo-hyun, Han Seo-jin, Go Kyung-pyo,[3] and Kim Seul-gie. The premiere episode on December 3, 2011 was hosted by actor Kim Joo-hyuk.[4][5]

Then-showrunner and head writer Jang Jin spoke about the difficulties in recruiting guests, saying "When you’re offering a film, you give them a script, ask them how it is and if they say no, say that's good and turn around, but to get people to appear in this show, I had to beg. I even asked them to appear on the show by giving them my next movie script."[6] The first season ran from December 3, 2011 to January 21, 2012 for eight episodes.[7][8]

Season two[edit]

The second season ran from May 26 to July 14, 2012 for eight episodes. The cast members were Jang Jin, Lee Han-wi, Kim Won-hae, Kang Sung-jin, Jang Young-nam, Jung Sung-ho, Kim Min-kyo, Lee Sang-hoon, Jung Myung-ok, Kang Yu-mi, Im Hye-young, Park Sang-woo, Ahn Young-mi, Kwon Hyeok-su, Go Kyung-pyo, and Kim Seul-gie.

Season three[edit]

The third season ran from September 8 to November 15, 2012 for seventeen episodes.[9] The cast members were Jang Jin, Shin Dong-yup, Kim Won-hae, Jung Sung-ho, Park Sang-woo, Kim Min-kyo, Jung Myung-ok, Lee Sang-hoon, Oh Cho-hee, Jang Yoon-seo, Son Bo-min, Seo Yu-ri, Han Seo-jin, Kwon Hyeok-su, Go Kyung-pyo, and Kim Seul-gie.

Season four[edit]

The fourth season ran from February 2 to November 23, 2013 for 38 episodes.[10]

Jay Park and Park Eun-ji joined as regular cast members (they had both previously hosted in season 3). Meanwhile, Jang Jin, Go Kyung-pyo, and Oh Cho-hee exited the program.[11][12] The season 4 cast members were Shin Dong-yup, Kim Won-hae, Lee Sang-hoon, Ahn Young-mi, Kim Min-kyo, Kim Seul-gie, Jung Sung-ho, Jung Myung-ok, Kwon Hyeok-su, Park Sang-woo, Seo Yu-ri, Lee Byung-jin, Jin Won, Jay Park, and Park Eun-ji. New cast additions later in the season were Choi Il-gu, Yoo Se-yoon, 2EYES, and Clara. Jin Won exited the show on episode 18, and Kim Seul-gie did the same on episode 24.

Directors Ahn Sang-hee, Baek Seung-ryong, Kim Min, and Yoo Sung-mo are described them as "SNL Korea's F4."[13][14]

Season five[edit]

The fifth season ran on March 1, 2014 to November 29, 2014 for 35 episodes.

Narsha and Seo Eun-kwang (BtoB) joined as regular cast members, while Clara exited the program. Weekend Update was discontinued, and replaced by a mini-talk show hosted by You Hee-yeol.[15]

Season six[edit]

The sixth season started on February 14, 2015 and stopped in June 20, 2015 for a temporary hiatus for the airing of The Genius: Grand Final. It resumed on September 19, 2015 and ran until December 19, 2015.

Shim Hyung-rae, Shin Dong-yup, et al., cast meeting, February 21, 2015


Current cast members[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchors

Musical theme of the opening and closing, and between segments, are performed by the band Common Ground (커먼그라운드).

Former cast members[edit]

  • Kim Seul-gie (season 1-4)
  • Kim Won-hae (season 1–4)
  • Lee Sang-hoon (season 1–4)
  • Jang Jin (season 1-3)
  • Go Kyung-pyo (season 1-3)
  • Han Seo-jin (season 1-3)
  • Lee Han-wi (season 1-2)
  • Jang Young-nam (season 1-2)
  • Kang Yu-mi (season 1-2)
  • Jung Woong-in (season 1)
  • Kim Bin-woo (season 1)
  • Lee Hae-young (season 1)
  • Lee Chul-min (season 1)
  • Park Joon-seo (season 1)
  • Kim Ji-young (season 1)
  • Kim Ji-kyung (season 1)
  • Min Seo-hyun (season 1)
  • Park Sang-woo of Bohemian (season 2–4)
  • Kang Sung-jin (season 2)
  • Im Hye-young (season 2)
  • Seo Yu-ri (season 3–5)
  • Oh Cho-hee (season 3)
  • Jang Yoon-seo (season 3)
  • Son Bo-min (season 3)
  • Jay Park (season 4-5)
  • You Hee-yeol (season 4-5)[17]
  • Park Eun-ji (season 4)
  • Lee Byung-jin (season 4)
  • Jin Won (season 4 ep. 1-18)
  • Choi Il-gu (season 4)
  • Clara (season 4)
  • 2EYES (season 4)
  • Han Jae-suk (season 5-6)
  • Kim Du-young (season 5-6)
  • Kim Tae-hee (season 5)
  • Narsha (season 5)
  • Seo Eun-kwang of BtoB (season 5)
  • Ko Won-hee (season 6)
  • Lee Hae-woo (season 6)
  • Kim Poong (season 7)
  • Lee Won-seok (season 7)

Format and segments[edit]

The Korean version follows a similar format as the American version, with a host, cast members and several skits for each episode.

  • Weekend Update: News sketch that reviews the week's social, economic, and cultural issues. Anchored by Jang Jin in Seasons 1-3.[18][19][20]
    • Wise Search for Life (슬기로운 탐구생활): This pre-recorded sub-segment of Weekend Update satirizes each week's most talked-about headlines and events. Voice narration by Kim Seul-gie.
    • Dispatch SNL (출동 SNL): This live-skit is also a sub-segment of WU, and includes interviews by its correspondent Kwon Hyeok-su.
    • SNL Invitation (SNL 초대석): This live-skit, also a sub-segment of WU, involves a person (usually the episode's host, or sometimes a cast member) in a fake or actual situation related to the week's best-known events.
  • SNL Digital Short: Comedic and musical pre-recorded "video shorts" which are performed by SNLK cast members and hosts each week (usually one or two per episode).[21]
  • Lee Oung-don PD's Eatable X-File: Since the latter episodes of season 3, each week Shin Dong-yup (in the role of Production Director Lee Oung-don [이엉돈 PD]) takes 3 or 4 kinds of food from the hands of other cast members for fun, to judge whether it's suitable to eat or not, then runs away quickly. It is a parody of Channel A's infotainment program Lee Yeong-don PD's Eatable X-File.
  • Sa-gwa Shilup (사과실업): This is an occasional skit that adopts a business presentation style, for advertising peculiar products. Moderated by Shin Dong-yup, while wearing clothes and make-up similar to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.


The season finale of season two, broadcast on July 14, 2012, was hosted by boy band Super Junior, which was the first non-music program they appeared in as part of the promotion for their sixth studio album Sexy, Free & Single. According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the episodes achieved a nationwide rating of 1.334%.[22]

Episode 13 of season 3, broadcast on December 1, 2012 and hosted by Jay Park, achieved a nationwide rating of 1.54%, with a peak of 1.85%. It recorded 1.04% ratings in the 20 to 49 age group, as well as 1.96% with a peak of 2.49% for women in their 40s, making it the most-watched program in its time slot for both age groups.[23]

List of episodes and guests[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Saturday Night Live Korea episodes.

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ Noh, Hyun-gi (27 November 2011). "Live from Seoul, It's Saturday Night!". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  6. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (25 November 2011). "Jang Jin Takes Matters Into His Own Hands for SNLK". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
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  9. ^ Park, Gyeong-eun (7 November 2012). "Laugh and Enjoy a Satire of the Presidential Election, "Yeouido Teletubbies"". Kyunghyang Shinmun. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  10. ^ "'SNL 코리아', 유쾌함 뒤에 숨겨진 숨가쁜 생방송 현장 속으로". Asia Economy (in Korean). 21 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  11. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (7 February 2013). "Jay Park to Join Saturday Night Live Korea". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  12. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (19 February 2013). "Saturday Night Live Korea Gears Up for a New and Improved Season". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  13. ^ Jang, Yun-seong (16 February 2013). "Mentor Interview: SNL Korea's F4". M25 (in Korean). MediaWill Co. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  14. ^ Jung, Min-ho (13 March 2013). "Funny or offensive?: Cable shows push envelope with sexual content". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  15. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (18 February 2014). "SNL Korea revamps for 5th season". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  16. ^ "[단독]전효성, 'SNL코리아7-위캔드 업데이트' 고정 진행 확정". (in Korean). 15 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  17. ^ Cha, Yo-rim (8 September 2013). "You Hee-yeol pulls off risque jokes on SNL Korea". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  18. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (23 November 2011). "Jang Jin to Debut as Newscaster in Comedy Show". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  19. ^ Lee, In-kyung (26 December 2011). "SNLK's Jang Jin Gains Popularity with his Political Satire". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  20. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (27 May 2012). "Jang Jin Compares Diablo 3 to Chanel Handbags on SNLK". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  21. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (17 December 2012). "Brown Eyed Girls Admit Doing Plastic Surgery in Plastic Face Digital Short". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  22. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (16 July 2012). "SNL Korea Season 2 Closes its Curtains with Super Junior". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  23. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (3 December 2012). "Jay Park Brings High Ratings to SNL Korea". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 

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