Eun Ji Won, the True King of Variety
Eun Ji Won made a successful comeback as a member of MBC’s Come to Play. Although it was his first time on the show in a year and a half, he still got a lot of laughs out of his audience with his smooth words.
In ‘The Young Masters are Here’ special, aired on January 9, Eun took on a character that could easily squish the almighty MC Yoo Jae Suk under his thumb.
When Yoo said, “When I was young, I could’ve been called a young master, but because my family’s business didn’t go well, I didn’t get to hear it,”
Eun first answered consolingly, “You’re more like a young master now,” but then mischievously added, “When I was still in Sechs Kies, you felt like a treacherous villain.”
The way Yoo stumbled over such statements from Eun was enough to guarantee a large burst of laughter from the show’s viewers. The show also allowed Eun’s characteristic quick and honest ways to shine.
Eun was even the only one who could stand up to Kang Ho Dong in KBS2’s 1 Night, 2 Days. Because of his unexpected mood swings and picky tastes, he was renamed ‘Eun Cho-ding’ (elementary school student) by the other members, but still sometimes he would emerge with a surprising bout of brilliance. There were those moments when he would transform from ‘Eun Cho-ding’ to ‘The Genius One’.
Whenever 1 Night, 2 Days’ mission of the day involved a team race, Eun would always manage to throw Kang off his tracks with his small tricks. The way Kang would say he “just needs to be careful of Eun Ji Won” whenever he’s not on Eun’s side proves that even the others acknowledge Eun’s ability to see through the minds of others and map out the future based on current events.
Eun boasts a long history with the two Nation’s MCs, Yoo Jae Suk and Kang Ho Dong. On Come to Play he armed himself with his well-timed jokes while on 1 Night, 2 Days he played a character that swung between a little kid and a skilled strategist.
But even though he always acts as the clever supporting character, perhaps Eun Ji Won, who can adapt himself to any situation, can be the true king of variety.
Photo credit: KBS2, MBC