One interesting thing about entertainment is how all its subsectors are in a way, intertwined. There has been a global increase in the popularity of South Korean entertainment, particularly in music through K-Pop with music acts like BTS. This increased interest in the country’s music has spilled to other entertainment options it has to offer, which has inevitably resulted in the increasing popularity of Yoo Jae Suk, a comedian, outside of his country.
Just as Steve Harvey, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart are nationally recognized icons in the American comedy industry, so is Yoo Jae Suk who has starred in some of South Korea’s top television shows like Happy Together and Running Man.
Now that his career is witnessing global recognition, we take a look at his career and background details worth learning about the comedian. Read on.
Yoo Jae Suk Biography
A lot of people drop out of higher education learning, often for a lack of focus, but in the case of Yoo Jae Suk, he couldn’t complete his higher education because he became too busy as a comedian.
Such is the story of the career of Yoo Jae Suk, who was born on the 14th of August, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea. Since he decided to make his quick wit and likeability into a career in comedy, he has found incredible success that has made him a very busy man as a professional.
The firstborn of three, Yoo Jae Suk began his career at KBS Comedian Festival, appearing on television for the first time as an up and coming comedian. He made a solid impression during his debut but was unable to translate it into major recognition at the time. He continued working as a comedian underground until his time came in 2002 when he was selected to be the host of Live and Enjoy Together. The climb to the summit was then eventually sealed by another hosting gig, The Crash of MCs.
Since Yoo Jae Suk, who is known for his observational, parody and slapstick comedy gained prominence, he has hosted several shows, including Variety programs like Infinite Challenge, Happy Together Friends, Come to Play and a couple of others. He is considered one of the leading comedians in South Korea with hosting qualities that have seen him achieve the top spot in a Gallup Poll of comedians in South Korea for a record six consecutive times.
Outside of his variety shows and hosting responsibilities, he has starred in films like Bee Movie, White Tuft, the Little Beaver and TV drama shows like Yi San and Banjun Drama. Yoo Jae Suk is also a recognized philanthropist who regularly donates to different causes.
Yoo has been actively working in the industry since 1991 and in that time, he has appeared in over 30 television and film projects. From variety shows to scripted dramas, Yoo Jae Suk has spread his tentacles across different projects in South Korean entertainment enough to earn him a net worth of $11 million.
He has also appeared in several music videos, including the highly successful Gangnam Style by Psy which has over a billion views on YouTube.
Yoo Jae Suk’s Wife and Son
There is a beauty in having a successful career that can be shared with the people you love. Those who are a part of your real self, and are there for you no matter what. In Na Kyung-eun, Yoo Jae Suk has that. He has been married to her since the 6th of July, 2008.
Similarly, like Jae Suk, Na Kyung-eun works in the entertainment industry and she is an announcer on MBC, a network in South Korea. She previously worked with her husband on the show, Infinite Challenge.
Since they got married, their love and their family has been blessed with two children – a son who was born on the 1st of May, 2010 and a daughter who was born on the 19th of October, 2018. The children are named Yoo Ji-ho and Yoo Na-eun respectively.
Asian people, in particular, are not particularly known for their tall height. The average height of the South Korean male is pegged at 5 feet 9 inches. As a comedian, Yoo Jae Suk’s career is well over average and so is his height which comfortably registers at 5 feet 10 inches. He has an accompanying body weight of 67.2 kg which fits into a slim body.
Other noticeable features about him include black hair and black eyes.