Who is Yoo Jae-seok (유재석)?

Updated: Mar 5

When I was 5, I saw him on a TV show doing silly things in a grasshopper costume. He made me laugh. When I was in middle school, he still made me laugh on a variety show called "Infinite Challenge." When I was in the army, watching his shows was one of a few things I could do in that depressing situation. It's been more than 20 years since I first saw him on TV, and he is still one of the best comedians in South Korea. South Koreans call him "South Korea's favorite TV show host (국민MC)." I am talking about Yoo Jae-seok (유재석).

If you are a fan of Korean TV shows, you might have seen his face pretty often. He has been featured on many iconic shows like "Running Man," "Infinite Challenge," "Happy Together," "X-Man" and so on. (Yes, he is the tall, talkative guy with the glasses on.)

Not surprisingly, since his debut in 1991, he has won 15 grand prizes at the entertainment awards held by South Korean broadcasting stations. Also, he has been chosen as the "most influential comedian" for 8 consecutive years since 2012, according to the poll by Gallup Korea.

Actually, his wit and great hosting skills are not only things South Koreans love about. His humble nature and professionalism are what people look up to as well. For example, he has shown on TV so many times how he tries to put his 100% effort into every moment; he believes that his popularity wouldn't last forever if taken for granted. Because of that attitude, he is seen as an inspiration for many people. I think that explains why he's been beloved for so many years.

Arguably, South Korea's entertainment industry would be boring without him. (Many people might feel the same.) As his fan, I wish he can stay as the face of South Korean comedy for a long time. @official_theasians

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