Everyone intrested in Korea must have heard about Yoo Jae Suk at least once. He is probably one of the most loved people in Korea. Beside being a comedian, he is a host and has grown into a true television Personality.
Yoo Jae Suk was born on 14th of August 1972, Seoul, South Korea. He has hosted several variety television shows, such as the famous Running man and Infinite Challenge. He is currently signed under FNC Entertainment. He is the elders of 3 siblings and attended Seoul Institute of the Arts. However, he was unable to graduate due to his busy schedule as up coming comedian.
Yoo Jae Suk´s tv debut was on KBS Comedian Festival in 1991, where he performed a parody of commercial together with Choi Seung Gyung. One other memorable moment was his dance cover of “Step by Step” – New Kids on the Block. After 9 years as a relatively unknown comedian, he got recommendated by Choi Jin Sil in 2002, and was able to host the program “Live and Enjoy Together”. Afterward he was able to co-host “The Crash of MCs” together with Kang Ho Dong, Lee Hwi Jae and Kim Han Seok. Afterward he rose to the top.
Due to his later hosted show “X-man”, He gained the title “The nation´s MC” During this time his popularity increased. After low rating and views they cancelled this show, only to come up with a new one in 2005. Infinite Challenge. Yoo Jaesuk has been the Host in chief ever since, and has been one of the program´s founding members. Even though the program had a slow start, since December 2, 2006, the program has received the highest ratings for Prime time lineups on Saturday evening. With “Infinite Challenge” being the forerunner of many other variety shows, it is to no surprise that this is dubbed as “the national variety show”.
Yoo Jae Suk also co hosts “Come to play” and “Happy Together season 3” together with Kim Won Hee. Happy together is one of the longest running talks shows in Korea and has consistently earned high ratings.
Family outing and Running man
He became the main host of Family Outing as part of the 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 they form the “family” of cast members on this show. This too is one of the top-rated shows in Korea.
In July 2010, the urban action variety show called Running man started. Together with HaHa, Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Leessang´s Gary, Song Ji Hyo, Lee Kwang Soo, Song Joong Ki, Yoo Jae Suk hosts this program where they run around cities in order to complete missions. This too wasn´t highly rated at first, but it rose up and became very popular later on.
In 2012, Yoo Jae Suk appeared in the famous music video for Psy´s “Gangnam Style”. In the video he acts as the retro disco dancing character he created for the Mock-band “Sagging Snail” in Infinite Challenge’s West Coast Highway Music Festival special.
After 5 years of being without an agency, Yoo Jae Suk signed an exclusive contract with FNC Entertainment on July 15th, 2015.
In 2016, Yoo Jae Suk also collaborated with EXO for the SM Station Single, “Dancing King” which was also collaboration for Infinite Challenge.
With Exo’s Chanyeol
On July 6th, 2008, Yoo Jae Suk married MBC Announcer, Na Kyung Eun, with whom he worked at the show Infinite Challenge. They welcomed their first child, a Son, Yoo Ji Ho on May 2st 2010.
As expected an iconic person like Yoo Jae Suk must have won many many awards. Here they are:
Inaugural KBS College Student Gag Competition – Honorable Award
MBC Drama Award – Special Award in Television MC
Gyeongin Broadcasting and Entertainment – Popular Comedian Award
Book Publishing Promotion Book Reading – Special Award
2nd KBS Entertainment Awards – Top Excellence Award in Television MC
3rd MBC Entertainment Awards – Top Excellence Award in Show/Variety
SBS Drama Awards – Special Award in Television MC
4th KBS Entertainment Awards – Daesang (Grand Prize)
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)
7th MBC Entertainment Awards – Daesang (Grand Prize) (with Infinite Challenge members)
8th Korea Video Competition – Photogenic Award
Mobile Entertainment Awards – Best Television MC
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
21st Korean Broadcasting Producer Awards – Best Television MC
9th MBC Entertainment Awards – Daesang (Grand Prize) & PD Award
3rd SBS Entertainment Awards – Daesang (Grand Prize) (with Lee Hyori) & Best Teamwork Award (for Family Outing)
2nd Nickelodeon Korea Kids’ Choice Awards – Favorite Comedian
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
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)
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
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)
13th KBS Entertainment Awards – Daesang (Grand Prize)
14th MBC Entertainment Awards – Daesang (Grand Prize)
8th SBS Entertainment Awards – Viewer’s Choice Most Popular Entertainer Award
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
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)
Being well known through Korea and outside, I am sure we can all agree that this man is nothing but lovable! Making people smile through his television appearances and shows is only one of the many qualities Yoo Jae Suk has. I am surely looking forward to more of his appearances and shows in the future.