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Johnnnnnn ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…

John Park is on a new show to watch!

It’s called Enemy of Broadcasting (EB). Directed by the man who created Lee Sang-Min’s The God of Music and UV Syndrome, EB is a mockumentary. I don’t really know what mockumentary is but will pretend to know what it means. If you’ve watched or heard anything about either of the two previous shows, you’ll know this one’s similar in its awry humor and weirdness.

EB tracks the development of Lee Juck’s talk show. Titled “The Lee Juck Show,” this show strives to offer select amusement to real artists in the absence of classy entertainment on television. Who better than Lee Juck to handle such lofty mission? In other words, this show is bogus. And that’s the point of it.

In each episode, we see Lee Juck at work. He’s mostly trying very hard without much success to find a guest/muse who would appear on his show to give him inspiration. He likes to brag about his musical achievement, but the reality (at least within the context of the show) doesn’t live up to his wishes or reputation. He must battle enemies of broadcasting. The money, the staff, the system, and so on. Only John, who plays Lee’s groupie/assistant host, is faithful.

Lee Juck is well-established and known for his intellect, which, to many unfamiliar with Lee’s discography, just means that he went to the nation’s most prestigious university and is friends with other smart, artsy people. In this sense, the show derives its energy from capturing Lee’s outlandish, loser self, which is incongruous to the Lee Juck that we know.

John's handshake

Lee’s character is funny alright. But John’s is unbelievable. His is that of an affable, dim-witted Korean-American who respects Lee to death but then unknowingly ticks him off from time to time with his superior looks and occasional reference to Kim Dong-ryul. John makes a fist rather than clasping the other person’s hand when shaking hands with actresses because he wants to be hyper careful about touching women on Korean media. He dances to Single Ladies in front of Amber. His word choices are amusing; he likes to say “broadcasting jerks, director jerks.” (It sounds funny when he says them.) John also has his own fans called “John Acappella.” John Acappella is another joke; on the show, they call it Johnnacappella, which sounds like an expletive in Korean.

Although we can kind of see where the show is headed, John’s character is too entertaining that I look forward to watching the next episode. EB is aired on Mnet.

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