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Why is Hangout with Yoo How do you play? so popular?

Why is Hangout with Yoo How do you play? so popular?

hang out with yoo

Hangout with Yoo is a Korean variety show which features Korean famous MC, Yoo Jae Suk. Producer Kim Tae-ho is also the producer for the famous Korean variety show “Infinite Challenge. The title of the show “놀면 뭐하니?” means “What should I do when I’m not working?”. This name came from the exact phrase Yoo Jae Suk always says to PD Kim on his off days. This Korean variety show is not only popular in Korea. The show title is translated into “撮るなら何する (What do I do when I film)” for broadcast in Japan and “Hangout with Yoo” or “How do you play?” for the English fans.

The filming style of Hangout with Yoo

Like “Infinite Challenge”, Korean variety show Hangout with Yoo does not have a fixed style. It takes on a laid back and honest Korean show which showcases another side to the Korean national MC. Yoo Jae Suk is always seen with comfortable clothing and showcasing his ordinary day to day life. It is a way to let his fans know him better and also to showcase another side of the National MC. As such, Hangout with Yoo earned the names of “Yoo Jae suk's Fan Diary," "Infinite Challenge One Person Version," and "Sims in real life" from local viewers.

Yoo Jae suk and relay camera

 first episode relay cam hang out with yoo
The first episode of the variety show was “Relay Camera”. It started with Yoo Jae Suk filming with the camera and then passing it on to other artistes. This helped capture candid, behind the camera scenes different from the usual variety shows. It also added the element of fun and surprise. Viewers like the refreshing concept which is more down to earth and honest. They also feel that they are able to get to know the artistes better.

Hangout with Yoo program

The variety show has its focus placed on the collaboration among artistes. Several artistes are invited on the show to provide candid chat about issues. Running Man Lee Kwang-soo also mentioned how he met Yoo Jae Suk for the first time. The encounter then led Lee Kwang-soo to earn a place in the popular Running Man show.
lee kwang soo on hang out with yoo

Korean celebrities and their alternate personas

yoo san seul hapjeong exit no.5
In Korea, the current trend is to have several TV personalities. As such, once only known as the National MC of Korea, Yoo Jae Suk has since earned the title as Yoo San Seu the trot king! Yoo San Seul is Yoo Jae Suk's trot singer name. He attempted singing trot during the variety show and showcased his talent for it. One of the most popular trot song sang by him is “Hapjeong station exit 5”. Watch the behind the scenes of the trot song here!
He also sang a duet with korean trot queen Song Ga-in.
yoo san seul & song ga in
This has helped him to diversify and showcase a different side to his abilities. Locals love it so much that his role has the trot king is becoming more popular than the National MC. Another popular alternate persona was when Yoo Jae Suk attempted to become a Korean pop idol.
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He formed the kpop idol group SSAK3 with Lee Hyori and Rain Bi. They are known for the bubbly and lively songs such as “Beach Again”.
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