Netflix released Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach, a South Korean original stand-up comedy special featuring the beloved Korean stand-up comedian Lee Su-geun. The special is written and presented by the comedian as well. Netflix has been providing many stand-up comedians with a platform to exhibit their talents and joke to the live audience as well as those watching from their screens. This has given the comedians a way to expand their horizons and reach a large audience.
Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach is forty-five minutes long comedy special where the comedian they call the “ad-lib genius” expands his original stand-up comedy. Lee Su-geun certainly does keep up with the name given to him. Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach is a refreshing little piece of comedy with its light-hearted jokes and a comedian that can gather your attention by creating jokes on the spot.
As Lee Su-geun’s career has grown over 25 years, starting with programs like Men on a Mission, New Journey to the West, and The Fishermen and the City, he has been able to engage with viewers from across the globe. In Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach, the comedian along with ad-libs uses his personal experiences to bring together the audience. This can be seen from his previous stand-up shows as well. From a story from his childhood to the one about his children, Lee Su-geun can make every small moment funny and precious.
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It is uncommon to see a Korean stand-up show, that too on Netflix where we are familiar with shows like Vir Das: Outside In – The Lockdown Special, Kevin Hart: What Now?, Ellen Degeneres: Relatable, and many more. Seeing Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach amongst all these gives us an insight into the Korean live comedy scenes, their sense of humor, and joke styles. While watching it, there were times when we felt disconnected because of the cultural differences. In Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach, the comedian uses many Korean cultural references which are not understandable by those who are unaware of them.
But maybe that is the whole point of introducing a Korean stand-up comedy special. We get to know about the comedic style of different countries along with their culture and traditions. Another reason why Lee Su-geun is a master of comedy is that he can pick up social cues. There are many times during Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach where he reads the audience’s feedback to understand how to deliver the joke better. If he thinks that the people have missed the punchline, he goes over it again by explaining it more funnily.
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Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach uses an aesthetic set. From the decorations to the lighting to the stage, everything looks amazing. Having a small audience due to the pandemic, Lee Su-geun was also able to provide the live audience with chairs that look extremely comfortable along with different props and merchandise. Any live show becomes much better when we have something to cheer the performer with, in our hands.
One more special thing used in Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach is the screen. While the comedian is performing a story based on his experience, you can see a drawing being made at the back. While telling the story about his childhood, the artist draws a scene from the story. He also uses his photographs which are shown to us. It is quite different to see a comedian bringing in all the tools one can to a comedy show. This makes us more engaged in Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach as we not only have to see and hear the comedian, but we can look at those photos and drawings as well.
At the end of the show, he interacts with the audience directly by taking three questions. Through his answers, he attempts to help the audience by giving them advice which a sweet gesture, especially coming from a performer. If you are looking for a light and fun watch then you should definitely go for Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach.
You can watch Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach is available on Netflix.