Season 1, Episode 8: Pyongyang Style

Inspired by yet another period of heightened tension with North Korea, Cafe Seoul kicks it Pyongyang Style. Featuring mundane news stories, covered the way Western Media covers North Korea, honeymooning in Pyeongyang… gone wrong, and a grim cooking corner. For more mass-starvation jokes (oh yeah, we went there, not once but twice,) meet some new characters in the North Korean version of Kimchi Kim and the Spicy Trinity: Tree-Bark Toby and the Famished Family.

In other segments, Girls’ Talk in the Bathroom takes a detour, and our replacement for the Weekly Update, “The Supreme Leader in All His Benevolence Updates his Subjects Weekly with Love and Respect” has trouble holding onto anchors, and a North Korean propagandist on a blind date gives new meaning to achieving… unification.

Producer’s note: This episode was rushed as we tried to be very current as North Korea was in the news. However, this is the first (and last) episode where editing became a team effort. Logistically this was a nightmare and the content was subpar. This blemish on our first season almost killed the podcast. Tensions within our own group flared, and we rushed the ending of the season in the next episode before nearly calling it quits. Apologies for anything in this episode that is in poor taste.

Season 1, Episode 7: Night on the Town

Part 3 of the “Peak Sketch Comedy Trilogy” is Episode 7, where the cast riffs on nightlife, party time, cruising and boozing in the Republic of Korea.

Vampires, ballerinas and facial symmetry show up in Pop Stop, while the Weekly Update looks at chemical leaks, (more) political corruption, Korea’s Justin Bieber, and what happens when counter-protests get anti-anti-anti and a little too meta. Our fake ad is for the Pee Seat Primo, for those subway emergencies, and Love Adventure takes a tragic turn.

At The Hogwan, it’s time for office dinner (and drinks) while bad Korean pronunciation gets a closer look, and a couple of adventurers in Itaewon go off the beaten track… just adjacent to Itaewon. Also, the Ministry of Gender Equality Family Morals and Wetlands tackles sexual assault and its connection to short skirts. Between editing, jokes and ideas, this might be the best episode of Cafe Seoul’s sketch comedy era… but don’t take it from us!