I’m always a sucker for things and people that make me laugh, and it is therefore no surprise that I’m into k-dramas, really. They usually take their comedy very seriously, and manage to incorporate humour into instances you wouldn’t expect. Some of my favorite dramas are the ones that do just this, and today I bring to you two of the best k-dramas that spoke to the comedy-lover in me recently!
PREMIERED January 25, 2017
RUNTIME 60 mins
GENRES Comedy, Drama
Kim Gwan-Chul used to manage money for gangs, but by an accidental opportunity, he begins to works as the chief of an accounting department for TQ Company. He is man who follows his principles and uses common sense. He also stands up for those in weaker positions. He struggles to save the decaying TC Company, fighting against corruption and irrationality in the company.
I put off watching this one for God knows how long, but I’m so, so glad I took a friend (hey, Dashie!) up on this rec because this reminded me why I started watching k-dramas in the first place. Tons of fun, a very engaging storyline and an amazing cast, this one had a unique brand of humour that was super, super addictive. Nam Goong Min and Lee Jun Ho absolutely killed it in their respective roles and I can’t wait to check out more of their work! If I were to pinpoint one major reason as to why this drama ticked all the right boxes, I’d say it’s because of the lead- Nam Goong Min was hilarious and managed to keep things light even when the story dealt with very serious issues like corrupt companies, embezzling and slush funds. His tendency to be utterly endearingly ridiculous in the most serious of situations is truly a delight, I tell you!
The crew at Business Operations were endearing and were some of my favourites. While there were bad guys aplenty in the drama, somehow even the most despicable ones managed to surprise me by their actions. Something I was pleasantly surprised by was the love track…or lack thereof. I kept expecting love to spring up between the leads but nope. It actually worked in favour of the drama because incorporating a romance angle would have ultimately taken away from the story at hand, and things were just perfect this way.
I’m honestly having such a hangover post watching this drama, I wish I could go back and watch this one all over again. You bet I’d recommend it in a heartbeat! If you have watched this one and are on the lookout for something similar, try The Fiery Priest! Though I haven’t watched it myself, I’ve only heard good things about it, and it is said to have the same kind of humour as this one as well. Not surprising, really, since they are both by the same screenwriter!
Welcome to Waikiki (Season 1)
PREMIERED February 5, 2018
RUNTIME 60 mins
GENRES Comedy, Drama, Reality, Romance
Kang Dong Goo dreams of becoming a movie director, but he is cynical due to bad luck. Cheon Joon Ki wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an actor, but he is now just a minor actor. Bong Doo Sik came to Seoul to become a scenario writer, but things have not been easy for him. These 3 men run the guest house Waikiki in Itaewon, South Korea. Their guest house is facing bankruptcy and then a mysterious baby and single mother appear at Waikiki.
This was actually a drama I had meant to watch when it started airing back in Feb last year but I somehow kept putting it off so much I only got around to it recently. If I were to describe it in one word I’d say wacky because it was abso-bloody-lutely wacky, I tell you! Be it the 3 leads or the eventual additions to their guest house, each character was unique and hilarious in their own way and contributed a lot towards the proceedings. Baby Sol was without doubt my most favorite (that toothless smiiile!), and I definitely wouldn’t have minded seeing more of her onscreen.
In addition to their struggles in keeping the guest house running, the characters all have battles of their own and while things could have easily taken a bleak turn, the story manages to keep everything painted in the most fun way possible and I found myself invested in each of their stories with a pretty permanent smile stuck on my face. Throw in a new mother and baby in the midst of a bunch of youngsters with no experience in rearing babies? Honestly, their antics were on a whole other level of ridiculous! Loved it all.
Genuine LOL moments and unlady-like snorts galore, this one is a must-watch if you like comedy! And in case you’ve watched this one already, perhaps check out the 2nd season which is just finished airing- I myself have started it and am enjoying myself, though I must admit I sorely miss Baby Sol and the rest of the cast. It is only Joon Ki that makes a comeback in this season, and it is quite a bummer, if I’m very honest. Still excited to see what’s in store in the episodes to come, though!
Do you love comedy as much as I do? What are some of your favorite shows that have a memorable comedy track? Have you perhaps watched either of these? Let’s talk in the comments below!