Korean comedian Yoo Byung-Jae heads to Netflix
James R | On 24, Nov 2017
Netflix is introducing a new Korean stand-up special to its growing comedy line-up.
Yoo Byung-Jae, who is known as an actor, screenwriter and television personality in Korea, gained popularity when he was a part of Saturday Night Live Korea for four seasons, both as a writer and cast member. He is well known for his unique humor and comical acts, being featured in various TV shows, including Infinite Challenge and Flower Crew.
Now, he’s about to go global with his own Netflix comedy special. It’s a big move in more ways than one: stand-up comedy is a relatively unknown genre in Korea, and while Netflix is the home for stand-up comedians around the world, Yoo’s addition will mean a whole new experience for viewers. The comedy special will be shot in early 2018, and will be released later that year, alongside Black Comedy, another stand-up act by Yoo that was filmed this year.
“We are thrilled to team up with YG Entertainment and Yoo Byung-Jae,” says Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Original Series at Netflix. “Our aim is to partner with the boldest and funniest Korean comedy talent and share the laughter with the world.”
“We are excited to introduce Yoo Byung-Jae’s stand-up comedy on a global platform like Netflix,” adds a YG Entertainment representative. “This will be a great opportunity for Korean comedy to expand towards the global markets.”