Saturday Night Live Korea

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Saturday Night Live Korea
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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) – 24 December 2016 (2016-12-24)
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 aired on Saturdays at 23:00.[1] The series went on hiatus on 24 December 2016 due to a series of controversies.[2]


Season one[edit]

Written and directed by filmmaker and playwright Jang Jin,[3] 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,[4] and Kim Seul-gie. The premiere episode on December 3, 2011 was hosted by actor Kim Joo-hyuk.[5][6]

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."[7] The first season ran from December 3, 2011 to January 21, 2012 for eight episodes.[8][9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12][13] 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."[14][15]

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.[16]

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)[18]
  • 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.[19][20][21]
    • 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). Their most popular shorts are their Grand Theft Auto parodies, ranging from the Joseon period to modern military.[22]
  • 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%.[23]

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.[24]

Controversy and hiatus[edit]

On an episode that featured the boy band B1A4, SNL Korea released a behind-the-scenes video on their Facebook. The video features an introduction of the band and discussion of their upcoming appearance. As soon as the members are formally introduced, a group of female staff members grab the band member's genitals and run off. The video was taken off of the show's Facebook shortly after along with an apology to the member's of B1A4. However, shortly after the incident, boy bands INFINITE and Block B released video's on their twitters under the hashtag "SNL_성추행" (SNL Sexual Harassment) stating that this behavior was common on the show.[25][26] A sexual assault case was filed by petition agency, E-People, against comedian Lee Se-Young[27] but the charges were eventually dropped.[28]

SNL Korea was met with heavy criticism after airing a sketch that featured a joke about actress Um Aing-ran's chest. Um had been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the year and underwent surgery. Jung Yi Rang, the actress who portrayed Um in the sketch, was unaware of the severity of the condition and issued an apology to Um.[29] Season 8 of the SNL Korea ended on 24 December 2016 with singer Hwang Chi-yeul as the last host. tvN issued a statement saying that the show plans to have another season with the promise of a new image.[30][2]

List of episodes and guests[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
51st Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Variety Performer - Male Yoo Se-yoon Nominated
Best Variety Performer - Female Ahn Young-mi Nominated
tvN10 Awards
Best Content Award, Variety Saturday Night Live Korea Won
Best MC Shin Dong-yup Won
Best Comedian Jung Sung-ho (ko) Nominated
Yoo Se-yoon Nominated
Best Comedienne Jung Yi-rang (ko) Nominated
Made in tvN, Actor in Variety Jung Sang-hoon Nominated
Kim Min-kyo Nominated
Kwon Hyuk-soo Nominated
Made in tvN, Actress in Variety Kim Seul-gie Won
Jung Yi-rang (ko) Nominated
Lee Se-young Nominated
PD's Choice Award, Variety Jung Sang-hoon Won
Two Star Award Go Kyung-pyo Nominated
Variety "Slave" Award Kwon Hyuk-soo Won

See also[edit]


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