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Why is Yoo Jae Suk considered “The National MC” ?

Hello everyone!

Through my recent articles, i have been expressing my love for the Korean show Running Man, my love for Korean variety shows in general and i have layed out my thoughts on questions like “Why is Monday couple so popular among Running Man fans?” or “What are my first impressions on the Korean show Barefooted friends?” and more, using my own words and through my own observations.

When it comes to writing articles and the subjects i’m adressing, it all comes down to inspiration and observation, simple as that.
I get ideas from things that i watch and things that i see happening around me and sometimes there are questions that randomly pop up to my mind such as ” Why is Monday couple so popular among Running Man fans, ah yeah, i should probably write an article about that, let me think…” next thing you know i have already started typing.

Same thing happened with the subject i’m going to adress today which is : Why is Yoo Jae Suk considered the National MC or MC of the Nation (κ΅­λ―ΌMC in korean) in the entertainment field in South Korea?
What is it about Yoo Jae Suk that he would be nicknamed the National MC and gain the respect of thousand, millions of viewers?

This is the subject I want to address today πŸ™‚
That question started as a wondering thought and now i feel like i know enough to want to share my thoughts with you guys.

Before watching ‘Running Man’ close to 3 years ago, i had no idea who Yoo Jae Suk was, i started to watch (Running Man) from episode 46 and that didn’t help with my knowledge either.
But then i searched Yoo jae suk online, i got to learn a bit more about him with the help of Wikipedia i got the basic facts about Yoo Jae Suk, that he was a Korean TV host, very popular, he has hosted many shows etc etc.

But reading his Wikipedia page or brief bio on the Internet was nothing compared to the many other articles written about him on entertainment sites, articles i noticed then that often complimented him as well as comments with people showing their appreciation to him as well.

Therefore, for a person who didn’t really know much about Yoo jae suk but only knew about the fact that he was a well respected Korean host, it was like seeing the positive comments about him but not really knowing how they should be received, and then in many other articles i saw he had the title of “National MC”, seeing that basically makes one think “…Well, this man must be pretty special then”.

Anyway now two and a half years later as my exposure to Korean variety shows and Korean entertainment world has vastly expanded, (and a hardcore Running Man viewer i now am, let me add), i now came to the complete understanding as to why Yoo Jae suk is well respected and nicknamed National MC, as i got to know more about him as a person and his story.

If you know about the Korean variety world, you would obviously know who Yoo Jae Suk is, and the compliments he may have received and is still receiving throughout his career might well be familiar to your ears and eyes, compliments such as : Yoo jae suk is so humble, he is a nice man, he has nice manners Etc.

When talking about Yoo jae suk, compliments naturally comes flowing, so much that those compliments may become cliche to your listening ears now, or so much that people might even start having the allusion that Yoo Jae suk was born with the title “National MC” or again that ones might even think Yoo Jae Suk had always been famous, forgetting the long journey getting to where he is now and how holding the title of “National MC” for many years and him being respected like he is now is the result of hard work, commitment and humility.
It didn’t just happen like that.

Let’s talk a litle bit about the beginning of Yoo Jae suk….


As a young aspiring comedian, Yoo Jae Suk’s first televion debut happened in 1991 in a KBS show, where he made a short performance parodying a commercial with another comedian.
After that, Yoo Jae Suk appeared in shows there and then, with a mindset of wanting to be a succesful comedian, but despite years of trying, he still hadn’t catched his big break yet, even 9 years after his TV debut.
Here below are pictures taken from a 2000 show called “Beautiful TV Face” a kind of “self camera” show Yoo Jae Suk featured in, almost 10 years after his first television debut, years after trying to pierce in the field and making a name for himself in the industry.
Yoo Jae suk also shows the two awards he has won in the space of almost 10 years being in the industry.

He had only won 2 trophies then, one for a talk program hosted by another host, and the other one as a souvenir given to him to celebrate the end of the year at a commemoration , he said.


2 trophies , after almost 10 years of trying to pierce in the field.

He also mentioned in the video about the sadness and hard times he had gone through before, wanting to pierce in the industry, trying to make a name for himself.
There is also something that he said in the video that touched me, there he says:

” Watching these people that changed after becoming famous(comedians). I made myself one promise.
That i would never let myself become arrogant like those people. That thaught has never changed.
I will try my best to keep that promise and to be always humble,honest,sincere and commited.”


-2000 Yoo Jae suk speaking

Being honest, humble and sincere.

Well, i believe living on those principalities has indeed manifested greatly in Yoo Jae Suk’s life, knowing that two years later, in 2002, he catched his biggest break becoming a host of a show called “Live and Enjoy together”, then bigger doors oppened for him,and he became very active in the entertainment field, gaining his first Daesang “Grand Prize” award in 2005 with the show Happy together friends.

Yoo Jae Suk went on to host numerous shows later that became hits and very succesful e.g XMAN , with that his popularity increased enormously, even gaining him the nickname “National MC/ MC of the nations” not long after.
In a recent interview Yoo Jae Suk admitted how he finds being an MC suits himself more than a comedian.

Anyway, now step by step , let’s take a closer look as to what makes Yoo Jae Suk the National MC ? What qualities does he have? And how has he been able to keep the title and gain the respect and trust of so many viewers for such longevity?


Yes. I cannot write in this section without mentioning the number 1 reason why i believe Yoo Jae Suk has gained the respect of many viewers throughout his career which is , his humble personality.

Television hosts are watched by the audience in their role as hosts.
As a Talk show/variety host, everything you do on the show, even if it might not exactly fit the “variety aura” (humorous) , like helping a grandma passing by, it will still be noticed by the viewers.
And Yoo Jae Suk’s good maneers as a host is not left unnoticed, from the way in which he treats the guests and people around him, be it the fans gathering to watch or his comrades.


As a host, not letting the fame or popularity change the way he interacts with others, and never are we sensing pride or “I’m better than you” aura coming from him.
Yoo Jae Suk’s approach in the way he interact with others around him making him approachable making others feel at ease, including the guests that might appear on the shows he hosts.

But not only is his humility noticed on screen, with how he might interact with the others on screen. But also, the humility he portrays out of filming, with no cameras around.

Often times, you would notice articles appearing from nowhere stating facts about Yoo Jae Suk we’ve never known before.
An example of that is an information that came out recently stating how Yoo Jae suk has kept a promise he made to someone 8 years ago which was that he would host that person’s wedding if she/he gets married in the future, and he did and kept his promise hosting that person’s marriage.
Also, often times, you see celebrities stating how Yoo Jae suk has been good to them , being a helping hand when they were going through tough times, even when he was yet to become “The National MC”.

When i come across articles as such, i learn that what a person does when they are not famous counts as much as what they do when they’re famous. In other words, a person does not have to be famous to be humble and nice to others.

What if Yoo Jae Suk was irrespectful during his rookie days or rebelient during his younger years, would he be called “The national MC” today?
Would people say good things about him like what they are saying now?
Not likely.
Humility and kindness is a virtue that would get you far in life.

Another reason that makes Yoo Jae Suk the “The National MC” would be…


Yoo jae suk has gained himself over 17 nicknames over the years being host of over ten TV shows, a lot of the shows he has hosted which has become tremendous hits and very popular among viewers.
Yoo Jae is currently the host of 3 regular main shows, the show ‘Running Man’ ; ‘Infinity Challenge’ and ‘Happy together’.
Happy together has the longest run having existed since the year 2001 and now in 2013, the show is still favored and watched among many viewers, and in fact not less can be said about the show ‘Running Man’ and ‘Infinite challenge’.
Any shows hosted by Yoo Jae Suk has the tendency to gain extreme success and longevity. Why?
Because of his great sense of professionalism.

Let’s take a look at the 3 main shows he is currently the main host of, they are all of completely different genre, but Yoo Jae Suk has got the ability to switch and vary his hosting skills in a maneer that would fit the concept, genre and target audience of each show he hosts.
Yoo Jae suk gives his best in every show he hosts, whether it is in the show ‘Running Man’ which could be physically demanding

and yet having to keep up with his role as a host plus with his different characters on the show such as “YooHyuk” or “Yoomes Bond”.


For Happy together which requires him to wear a wig and interview different guests, interacting with the guests while staying professional.

For ‘Infinite Challenge’ having to complete different missions and leading the other members also.

Varying your hosting skills in a way that would fit the target audience while still being funny as a goal, is something Yoo Jae Suk does well, because of that he is seen as a relatable host, one that children, teenagers, adults, elders can relate to.


Would Yoo Jae Suk be called the National MC and be considered an entertainer if he wasn’t funny.
The fact that Yoo Jae Suk is funny and has got great variety skills MAKES him the National MC.

Yoo Jae Suk’s number 1 goal for himself is to make the audience laugh or for the show to make the audience laugh, that is why he wanted to get into the world of entertainment, that is why he got in the entertainment field- He loves to entertain. And he does it well.


As a viewer of his shows, i have noticed the quick wittiness of Yoo Jae Suk too. He has the ability of using and work with anything that presents itself and then turns it into something that would create laughs for the viewers.

A simple moment or scene that would normally be insignificant or even boring to anyone, let me emphasize on the word anyone could become a legendary and hilarious moment once Yoo Jae suk comments on it. Simple as that.
This is amazing when one thinks about it…

Let’s take the show Running Man for example, the nickname “Kwangvatar” referring to Lee Kwangsoo , the term came about when in Episode 54 Lee kwang soo came up running towards Yoo Jae suk..

just then Yoo Jae Suk commented on how he looked like the character Avatar when he just ran then.

Then the PD’s used that for editing effects and the caption “Kwangvatar” showed up just after.


Another thing that adds to Yoo Jae suk’s humour is his ability to laugh at himself and not taking things too seriously on screen.



Yoo jae suk starting from a humble beginning to becoming one of the most well respected Korean MC today, having kept a humble heart.

Now, put together a humble & nice personality, a great sense of professionalism and amazing humor and you would understand why Yoo Jae Suk is nicknamed The National MC of South Korea, but he couldn’t have been without the help of supporters and viewers that switch on, day in and day out to watch the shows he hosts (so well done to you too).

When Yoo Jae Suk was asked in an interview who is responsable for the success of the programs he hosts, he basically said that himself wouldn’t be enough to carry the show, therefore the guests featuring on the shows, the production crew and all have to work well together to make the show work.

But still a show wouldn’t work without a good MC, so Yoo Jae Suk, from all of us supporters all over the world, continue to give us laughs while staying humble and sincere. Always.β™‘


You can leave comments and share your thoughts, thank you for reading!


35 thoughts on “Why is Yoo Jae Suk considered “The National MC” ?

  1. Oh, I really love this man… πŸ™‚ The way he hosting in every show are so natural and spontaneous. And I think you forgot to mention that he’s getting more handsome as he gets older…hahaha..

  2. Hello, I see this article and was so touched hehe. Maybe people just passing by, reading without commenting the article (and the author, too)
    I started to know Yoo Jaesuk a long ago while I was watching Happy Together (forgot which season haha). Then, last year I just started to watch Running Man and I’m not smart enough to recognize that he was the same person in Happy Together. At first.. Yeah, the show is really funny and creative so I go on watching Running Man regularly every time it showed up in TV. But lately, I don’t really know why but Jaesuk oppa really attracted me. Put besides his charming look (seriously, I see him a lot more charming than my crush) and his witty humour sense. It’s really heartwarming to see his face even if maybe he’s thousands miles apart (thank God satellites exist) but… B-but.. Ahhhh. Even I cannot describe this with words hihihi. Anyway the long crap upthere, I just want to share it.
    I just knew that it took 10 years to Jaesuk oppa to shine. But.. This is so amazing. Considering that, he is…. The number…… ONE of my inspirative celebrities list.
    Do you have Twitter account? Please tell me, I want to contact. πŸ™‚

  3. hello, this is such a great article on YJS ❀
    i'm currently editting a film for his birthday,
    would you mind me using the '2000 speaking of YJS' from your article?
    please reply, thanks! ^_^

    1. Hello! πŸ™‚

      Well, first of all thanks, am glad you all liked it^^ …
      To answer your question, i would say..yes you can use some of what i wrote for your project but in one condition though, give me credits ^^ and if u can i want to see your project too πŸ™‚ It sounds interesting.

      1. Thank you for the quick reply and thanks so much! (:
        No worries, I would definitely give you credits.
        Do you want it as ‘MYRIAM’S WORLD.’?
        and yeah, i would paste the link here on his birthday ^_^

  4. Hi Myriam,
    It’s as if you read my mind! I, too, was wondering why Yoo Jae Suk considered as the National MC, google it, and found your article. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  5. i love yoo jae suk so much. though kang ho dong is one of the best mc, jae suk is always on the top one. humble, nice.. its so hard to find someone like him. thanks for this.. πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you so much for this article! Very well said ! Humility. Professionalism. Humor. You’ve got it right.. ^ ^ I really like Mr. Jaesuk a lot because of what you have mention and that he is always respectful and giving to all people on the show, whether cast, guest or staff. Even audience and random people involve in. He is not taking the stage by himself instead he shares the spotlight and creates dialogue for everyone to speak. And his right also on what he said that the show would not be great without all the people. Such a humble person. May God bless and guide him more.. : D

    1. @myriam: I was doing researches on yoo jae suk and found this site
      You have done such a good job compiling everything about him. Now I know more about him. Ive been a fan since family outing. And in every episode of running man, I unknowingly supported him and wanted him to win.
      @joen: I agree with u. He never take the stage by himself. That’s why hallyu vj kwon ryul existed. I love how he takes care of everyone around him. 100% respect.


    1. Hello! I’m glad you like the article even now when i’m thinking of ways i could have improved in terms of structure πŸ™‚
      But pls wthat’s your chinese fan club? You’d have to send me the link of your website first. And once i see it, yes you can if you credit the website where you got it from πŸ™‚

      1. Oh okay. i had never heard of it before but i googled it. Great! Go ahead as long as you give the source. After all Yoo Jae Suk is really known everywhere πŸ™‚ Give the link after you’re done translating ^^

  7. I’m also a huge fan of Yoo Jae Suk, I’m from Belgium and I hope that one day I would meet him in person I love Running man and Infinity Challenge πŸ˜€

  8. A great entertainer, Yoo Jae Suk is. Reading your article makes me realize even more how great he is. Very nice blog you have here πŸ™‚

  9. Well.. he is my second father .. hahaha .. yes author .. He is very humble,nice and a low-profile man….

  10. Hi Hello, When I started to watch X-Man, Family Outing and Running Man, i really like the personality of Yoo Jae Suk, and i love how the people call him the “National’s MC” without knowing why, i never doubt them. Since then i always watch all of his variety shows, but at some point i got curious, while searching I found your article. Normally if the article is too long I just read the first 4-6 sentences but your article keeps me going on reading. I really thank you for taking some time to write this good article. Whenever someone ask me online about why Yoo Jae Suk called the “Nation’s MC”, I just copy the link and paste it to them. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thanks for the Work πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. Awww thank you so much, it’s very funny to think that this article was written more than 2 years ago, .. i find some faults when i look through it such as the grammar , so it’s heart warming to know people still read and appreciate it! Thank you. Look forward for more articles..

  11. I dont know why but seeing yoo jae suk (watch Running Man 24/7) makes me so happy and heartwarming. I literally wish i was Na Gyung Eun (his wife). Compared to kang ho dong, he is very respectful, humble, sincere, and just simply perfect and doesnt get himself into trouble and had to be off cameras for awhile.

    1. Hello! Thank you for your comment and reading, but if i were you i wouldn’t compare 2 different presenters, i believe both have different styles, and wouldn’t it be unfair if all hosts were the replicas of Yoo jae suk, sam humour, style and everything else? πŸ™‚

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