Yoo Jae Suk or Seok (유재석) is an incredibly popular and versatile figure in South Korean entertainment. He’s hosted the long running (hahaha) show Running Man, Infinite Challenge, and more (sometimes with co-host HaHa). To put him in a context which Americans who are unfamiliar with Korean entertainment might relate to, I would say he’s a little bit like Steve Martin back in the day when Steve was hosting shows, doing stand up comedy, singing, and dancing and doing it all really well.
On one of the shows he hosted, YJS created this parody of a disco band called something like Sagging or Drooping Snail. Here they are performing:
Early in his career he also did something called a grasshopper dance (I think he dressed up as a grasshopper sometimes)- he reprises the grasshopper dance and his dropping snail thing in Oppa Gangnam Style. He’s the guy in the awkward hair and the banana yellow suit. He has a couple of spots on the original video, and he drives off in the red car at the end. Here’s a clip just of the parking garage scene with Psy:
Exo is an incredibly popular boy band, a pretty much textbook model of the K-Pop music business. And recently Yoo Jae Suk and Exo-K teamed up together to produce Dancing Man, which is a great beat song to use as background for exercise, dancing, and speed cleaning. Or just do what I do, and sit on the couch and tap your toes.
Here’s a video with English lyrics, of sorts. It’s a valiant effort and I shouldn’t smile because my translation would consist of all the English words, plus “I… um…. Ay ya ya. Also, something about happy.”
But there’s just something really special about:
“Let the vapidity go away from me
Changed up the sleeping me.”
That’s a keeper.
Okay, one more- I just saw Yoo Jae Suk’s parody of Taeyang’s (of Big Bang) Eyes, Nose, Lips, and I am dying. The muscle shirt is killing me (Taeyang is known for hardly ever wearing a shirt in his music videos):