Yoo for Happy Together Season 3
August 14, 1972|
Seoul, South Korea
|Genres||Observational, sketch, wit, parody, slapstick|
|Spouse||Na Kyung-eun (announcer) (m. 2008)|
|Children||Yoo Ji-ho (b. 2010)|
|Revised Romanization||Yu Jae-seok|
Yoo Jae-suk (Hangul: 유재석; RR: Yu Jae-seok; born on August 14, 1972), is a South Korean comedian, host and television personality currently signed to FNC Entertainment. He has hosted several variety television shows in South Korea, including Infinite Challenge and Running Man. Known for his quick wit and appeal across a wide range of demographics, Yoo has established himself as one of Korea's top comedians and TV personalities.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 In the media
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Discography
- 7 Awards
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life and education
Born on August 14, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea, Yoo is the eldest of three siblings. He attended Seoul Institute of the Arts, but was unable to graduate due to his busy schedule as an up-and-coming comedian.
Yoo's television debut was on the KBS Comedian Festival (for college students) in 1991, where he performed a parody of a commercial with Choi Seung-gyung. His dancing to a cover of the song "Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block was another early memorable moment. In 2002, after nine years as a relatively unknown comedian, thanks to a recommendation by Choi Jin-sil, he hosted the program Live and Enjoy Together. He then rose to prominence when he co-hosted a program called The Crash of MCs with Kang Ho-dong, Lee Hwi-jae and Kim Han-seok.
Mainstream recognition as "Nation's MC"
He later hosted the show X-Man, which soon grew to be one of the most popular and viewed shows in Korea. During that time, Yoo became increasingly popular and many programs began to nickname him "the nation's MC". He went on to host various shows, including New X-Man, Old TV, and Haja! Go! (Let's Do It) for SBS, but these were all soon canceled due to low ratings on Sunday evenings. However, X-Man has found success in international syndication, and Yoo gained popularity among Korean Wave fans.
Yoo was a part of the cast of the top-rated comedy variety program Infinite Challenge. He had been the host-in-chief since 2005 and one of the program's founding members.
Despite low ratings during its initial premiere, the show went on to become one of the most popular and influential variety programs in Korea. Dubbed the "national variety show" in Korea, Infinite Challenge became the forerunner of many programs that followed with the same or similar format. Since December 2, 2006, the program has received the highest ratings of prime-time lineups for Saturday evening.
Yoo revealed his love for the program during 1-on-1 talk with fellow co-host, Jeong Hyeong-don, on "Pause" special (S04E300) that aired on October 20, 2012. He said, "I think my life on television and variety shows will be tied to the fate of Infinite Challenge... When will we ever get to do another program like this? No matter how hard you try, it's going to be impossible to do another film like this."
Yoo also co-hosts Come to Play with Kim Won-hee and Happy Together Season 3. In particular, Happy Together is one of the longest running talk shows in Korea and has consistently earned high ratings.
Good Sunday Variety Programs: Family Outing and Running Man
Yoo became the main host of Family Outing as a part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup. Together with Lee Hyori, Yoon Jong-shin, Kim Su-ro, Lee Chun-hee, Kang Dae-sung, Park Ye-jin and Kim Jong-kook (since episode 19), they made up the "family" (cast members) of the show. Family Outing has become one of the top-rated shows in Korea, consistently achieving the highest ratings for the Sunday mid-afternoon time-slot, and has gained popularity among Hallyu fans.
Since July 11, 2010, Yoo has hosted the urban action variety Running Man together with fellow Infinite Challenge member, Haha, and other entertainers such as Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Leessang's Gary (who left since episode 324 to focus on his music career), Song Ji-hyo, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Joong-ki (who left since episode 41 to focus on his acting career) and Lizzy of After School (who left for unknown reasons), Jeon So-min and Yang Se-chan (both joined since episode 346). Although the program did not have a good start in ratings, it later became very popular, and has held a consistent international fanbase to this day.
Other notable programs: Sugar Man and Busted!
From 2015 to 2016, Yoo hosted the program Two Yoo Project Sugar Man together with You Hee-yeol. The programs focus on remaking hit songs from singers who have disappeared from the public eye. The show returned again for a second season in 2018.
Guest appearances and collaborations
In 2012, Yoo appeared in the music video for Psy's hit single "Gangnam Style". In the video, he reprises the retro disco dancing character he created for the mock-band "Sagging Snail" in Infinite Challenge's West Coast Highway Music Festival special, in which Psy also appeared. Following his appearance, Yoo became known worldwide as the "yellow suit guy". He also appeared in Psy's follow-up single, "Gentleman". In 2015, Yoo collaborated with JYP in 'Infinite Challenge. On July 15, 2015, Yoo signed an exclusive contract with FNC Entertainment after having been without an agency for about five years.
In 2016, Yoo collaborated with EXO for the SM Station single "Dancing King", which was also a collaboration for Infinite Challenge. He performed with them at EXO's EXO Planet #3 - EXO'rDIUM concert in Bangkok.
In the media
Yoo has been dubbed "the nation's MC" to his broad appeal and popularity with a wide demographic of viewers. He has consistently ranked as the top comedian in Korea, topping the Gallup poll in 2009, and for six consecutive years since 2012. He is one of the highest paid television personalities in Korea, and one of the most in-demand endorsers.
Known for his exemplary image, Yoo has consistently been picked as a role model by fellow entertainers as well as the citizens of Korea. He makes donations regularly to several causes, and has participated in philanthropic acts.
On July 6, 2008, Yoo married MBC announcer, Na Kyung-eun, who worked with him on the show Infinite Challenge. Yoo and his wife welcomed their first child, a son, Yoo Ji-ho, on May 1, 2010.
- List of present programs
|2007–present||Happy Together (Season 3)||KBS2||Since 2007.06.28|
|2010–present||Running Man||SBS||Since 2010.07.11|
- List of former programs
|2000–2002||Achievable Saturday – Star Survival Donggeodongrak (Live and Fun Together)||MBC|
|2002||Super TV Enjoy Sunday||KBS2|
|! Exclamation Mark||MBC|
|2004–2007||Happy Together (Season 1, 2)||KBS2|
|2004–2012||Yoo Jae-suk & Kim Won-hee's Come to Play||MBC|
|2005–2007||Yoo Jae-suk's Truth Game||SBS|
|2007||Haja Go! (Let's Do It!)||SBS|
|2008–2010||Family Outing (Season 1)||SBS|
|2014||I Am a Man ||KBS2|
|2015–2016||Same Bed, Different Dreams (Season 1) ||SBS|
|2015–2018||Two Yoo Project Sugar Man (Season 1, 2)||JTBC|
|2009||Queen of Housewives||Cameo|
|2015||The Girl Who Sees Smells||Cameo with Running Man members||SBS|
|My Daughter, Geum Sa-wol||Cameo||MBC|||
|1989||Young-gu and Daengchili||Cameo|||
|2007- 2008||Kimchi Cheese Smile||Cameo|
|2008||Bee Movie||(Korean dubbing as Barry B. Benson)|||
|2009||White Tuft, the Little Beaver||(Korean dubbing as narrator & Owl)|||
Music video appearances
|2004||"Cause' You're Pretty" (이쁘니까)||Shinnago|
|2005||"Look Out the Window"||Kang Ho-dong|
|2009||"Let's Dance"||Future Liger (with Tiger JK, Tasha)|
|2012||"Room Nallari" (방구석 날라리)||Sagging Snail (with Lee Juck)|
|"Gangnam Style" (강남스타일)||Psy|
|2015||"Tell Me One More Time"||Jinusean|
|2006||"All You Need Is Love"||with Infinite Challenge members|
|2007||"If I Do It or Not" (하나마나송)||with Noh Hong-chul|
|"Fascination of Samba" (삼바의 매력)||Solo||Infinite Challenge Song Festival|
|2009||"The Family's Day" (패밀리의 하루)||with Family Outing members|
|"Let's Dance"||with Tiger JK, Tasha||Infinite Challenge Olympic Road Duet Song Festival|
|2011||"Apgujeong Nallari" (압구정 날라리)||with Lee Juck||Infinite Challenge West Coast Highway Music Festival|
|"As I Say" (말하는 대로)|
|2012||"Room Nallari" (방구석 날라리)|
|"Heat Stroked Seagull" (더위 먹은 갈매기)||with Song Eun-yi, Kim Sook|
|2013||"Please Don't Go My Girl"||with You Hee-yeol, Kim Jo-han||Infinite Challenge Free Highway Music Festival|
|"Dance King" (댄스왕)||feat. You Hee-yeol|
|"Here We Are"||with Infinite Challenge members|
|2015||"I'm So Sexy"||with Park Jin-young||Infinite Challenge Yeongdong Expressway Music Festival|
|2016||"Dancing King"||with EXO||SM Station|
|"Like" (처럼)||with Dok2 feat. Lee Hi||Infinite Challenge History × Hiphop special|
|1991||Inaugural KBS College Student Gag Competition||Honorable Award|
|2000||MBC Drama Awards||Special Award in Television MC|
|Gyeongin Broadcasting and Entertainment||Popular Comedian Award|
|2002||Book Publishing Promotion Book Reading||Special Award|
|2003||2nd KBS Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award in Television MC|
|3rd MBC Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award in Show/Variety|
|2004||SBS Drama Awards||Special Award in Television MC|
|2005||4th KBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)|||
|2006||18th Korean Broadcasting Producer Awards||Best Television MC|
|42nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Male TV Personality|
|Blue Media||Speech Award|
|6th MBC Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)|
|2007||7th MBC Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize) (with Infinite Challenge members)|
|8th Korea Video Competition||Photogenic Award|
|Mobile Entertainment Awards||Best Television MC|
|2008||2nd Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Variety Star of the Year|
|2nd SBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)|
|1st Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Comedian|
|2009||21st Korean Broadcasting Producer Awards||Best Television MC|
|9th MBC Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)|||
|3rd SBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize) (with Lee Hyori)|||
|Best Teamwork Award (for Family Outing)|
|2nd Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Comedian|
|2010||9th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Teamwork Award (for Happy Together 3)|
|10th MBC Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)|||
|Korean Guardian Tree Award|
|4th SBS Entertainment Awards||Best 10 Entertainers|
|3rd Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards||Favourite Comedian|
|2011||11th MBC Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award in a Variety Show|
|5th SBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)|||
|4th Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Comedian|
|53rd National Rowing Championships 2000m Novice||Eight Special Award (with Infinite Challenge members)|
|2012||12th MBC Entertainment Awards||PD Award|||
|6th SBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)|||
|Viewers' Favorite TV Personality|
|3rd Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award||Prime Minister Award|
|5th Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Comedian|||
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize) for TV|||
|6th Nickelodeon Korea Kids Choice Awards||Favorite Comedian|
|12th KBS Entertainment Awards||Eating Broadcast Award (for Happy Together 3)|
|7th SBS Entertainment Awards||Viewer's Choice Most Popular Entertainer Award|
|Viewer's Most Popular Award (with Running Man members)|
|2014||13th KBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)|||
|14th MBC Entertainment Awards|||
|8th SBS Entertainment Awards||Viewer's Choice Most Popular Entertainer Award|
|2015||15th MBC Entertainment Awards||Achievement Award (with Infinite Challenge members)|
|9th SBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize) (with Kim Byung-man)|||
|Viewers' Favorite TV Personality|
|2016||15th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Teamwork Award (for Happy Together 3)|
|16th MBC Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)|||
|InStyle Korea||Entertainer Star Icon (Male category)|
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- "Yoo Jae-suk makes drama appearance for W20m". Kpop Herald. November 23, 2015.
- "Inside Director Shim's Film "D-War"". The Dong-A Ilbo. August 15, 2007.
- "MC Yoo to Voice Act in 'Bee Movie'". Hancinema. KBS World. November 26, 2007.
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