Yoo Byung-jae

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Yoo Byung-jae
Born (1988-05-06) May 6, 1988 (age 30)
Hongseong County, South Korea
OccupationTelevision personality,
actor, screenwriter
Years active2011-present
AgentYG Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationYu Byeong-jae
McCune–ReischauerYu Pyŏngjae

Yoo Byung-jae (born 6 May 1988) is a South Korean television personality, actor and screenwriter.

Yoo rose to fame in 2012 when he became a writer on the third season of live sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live Korea. He then joined the cast of the succeeding seasons of SNL Korea, notably playing a star's overworked manager in the sketch Extreme Job.[1] He also appeared in the variety shows Yoo Se-yoon's Art Video and First Day of Work.[2][3] Yoo's increasing popularity led to Infinite Challenge's "Sixth Man" project, where he was one of eight celebrities who competed to become the reality show's new regular cast member (Yoo lost to singer Hwang Kwanghee).[4]

In 2015, Yoo made his first foray into scripted television when he wrote and starred in The Superman Age, a seven-episode fantasy-comedy series about three single, unemployed "losers" whose virginity at age 25 enables them to acquire superpowers.[5][6] Later that year, he became the first comedian to sign with top agency YG Entertainment, who called Yoo "not just a talented actor with an outstanding comical wit, but also an asset to the company as a writer who brings creative content."[6][7][8]

Yoo's comedy special Too Much Information was released on Netflix on March 16, 2018,[9] with a second, titled Discomfort Zone, released on August 17, 2018.

Filmography[edit]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2012 Saturday Night Live Korea - Season 3 tvN Writer
Yoo Se-yoon's Art Video Mnet
2013 Saturday Night Live Korea - Season 4 tvN Cast member
2014 Saturday Night Live Korea - Season 5
First Day of Work
2015 Saturday Night Live Korea - Season 6
Chuseok Special: Visible Radio Yeowoosai KBS2
2016 Flower Crew SBS
2018 Creaking Heroes MBC
Omniscient Interfering View MBC
YG Future Strategy Office Netflix
Great Escape tvN

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2015 The Superman Age Yoo Byung-jae tvN Also credited as screenwriter

Stand-up comedy - comedy specials[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
March 2018 Too Much Information Yoo Byung-jae Netflix Actor, writer and director
August 2018 Discomfort Zone Yoo Byung-jae Netflix Actor, writer and director

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2015 쩔어 (ZUTTER) GD&TOP

Discography[edit]

Yoo released the single My Girlfriend.. on November 18, 2011, under the label Nameless Music/Sixteen Media.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Variety Performer – Male Creaking Heroes Nominated [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Writer-cum-Entertainer Yoo Byung Jae Joined YG! Welcome to YG!!". YG Family. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  2. ^ Ha, Soo-jung (13 November 2014). "VIXX's N, Freestyle's Mino and More Join First Day of Work". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  3. ^ Song, Ji-hyun (15 December 2014). "Yoo Byung Jae Says He Wasn't Bothered by VIXX N's Comments on First Day of Work". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  4. ^ "Infinite Challenge names new member". The Korea Times. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  5. ^ Ahn, Woo-rim (8 April 2015). "Yoo Byung Jae Is Having Fun". BNTNews. Retrieved 2015-04-27.
  6. ^ a b "Comedy writer joins YG Entertainment". The Korea Times. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  7. ^ "Broadcast Writer-Entertainer Yoo Byung Jae Joins YG Entertainment". enewsWorld. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  8. ^ "Yoo Byung Jae shares his thoughts on joining YG Entertainment". Koreaboo. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  9. ^ "NETFLIX REVEALS THE LAUNCH DATE OF THE NEW KOREAN ORIGINAL STAND-UP COMEDY SPECIAL". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" 유병재 - 니 여자친구. ManiaDB (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2015-06-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018.

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