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Netflix introduces Korean stand-up original

Netflix newNetflix is set to launch a South Korean stand-up special with YG Entertainment featuring Yoo Byung-Jae, as it looks to introduce the format to a Korean audience.

Stand-up comedy is a relatively unknown genre in Korea and will mean a new experience for viewers, according to the streaming service.

The special will also be available exclusively on Netflix globally in 190 countries in 2018.

The comedy special with Byung-Jae will be shot in early 2018. The streamer will also feature Black Comedy in early 2018, another Netflix comedy special of Byung-Jae’s shot this year.

Byung-Jae is a well-known actor, screenwriter and TV personality in Korea who gained popularity when he was part of Saturday Night Live Korea for four seasons as a writer and cast member.

“We are thrilled to team up with YG Entertainment and Yoo Byung-Jae,” said 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,” said a YG Entertainment representative. “This will be a great opportunity for Korean comedy to expand towards the global markets.”