Jeong Hyeong-don

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jeong.
Jeong Hyeong-don
Jeong Hyeong-don from acrofan.jpg
Born (1978-02-07) February 7, 1978 (age 38)
Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Medium Stand-up, television
Nationality South Korean
Years active 2002-present
Genres Comedy, Entertainment
Influences Yoo Jae-suk, Park Myeong-su
Influenced Noh Hong-chul, Gil Seong-joon, Jeong Ga-eun
Spouse Han Yu-ra, television writer
Notable works and roles Member of Infinite Challenge and Gag Concert
Jeong Hyeong-don
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Hanja
Revised Romanization Jeong Hyeong-don
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Hyŏngdon

Jeong Hyeong-don (born February 7, 1978[1]) is a South Korean comedian and entertainer under FNC Entertainment.

Biography[edit]

After graduating Busan Electronic Technical (senior) High School in 1996, he worked for Samsung Electronics in Suwon as an engineer. Before entering the Korean entertainment industry, he was a member of a comedy team with his colleagues at Samsung.[2]

He made his television debut on KBS Gag Concert in 2002 with a segment called "Doremi Trio" (도레미 트리오). In this segment, he sang excerpts of K-pop songs with comedic punches at the end. He then joined various segments of MBC's Sunday Sunday Night and Exclamation! and KBS2's Imagination Plus and a host and performer. In 2005, he became a regular host on MBC's Infinite Challenge.

In 2008, he joined the cast of the marriage simulation show We Got Married. He was initially paired with television personality Saori until her departure from the show, after which he assumed a hosting role alongside Crown J and Seo In Young. After their departure in January 2009, Jung was grouped into a husband-and-wife pair with Taeyeon of Girls' Generation per her request. The match caused a major uproar among netizens due to the couple's 11-year age difference and the large fanbase surrounding Taeyeon and Girls' Generation. The relationship ended after a format change in the show and Hyungdon's pre-existing romantic relationship at the time of filming.

He and rapper Defconn became co-hosts for the MBC Every1 program Weekly Idol in July 2011. In June 2015, Jung was officially signed to FNC Entertainment.

Anxiety disorder[edit]

On November 12, 2015, FNC Entertainment announced that Hyeong-don would halt all activities due to a worsening of his anxiety disorder, making it difficult for him to continue appearing on television.[3][4] At the time Hyeong-don was involved in several TV shows, including Infinite Challenge, Please Take Care of My Refrigerator, Weekly Idol, and more. The following day, Hyeong-don was hospitalized for his anxiety disorder.[5][6]

Hyeong-don's sudden departure left the producers of his shows in a difficult situation. Whereas Infinite Challenge went on relying on the remaining cast members without a direct replacement, and Weekly Idol invited idols who were friends of Hyeong-don to be special hosts of the show in his absence, producers of Please Take Care of My Refrigerator found it difficult to find hosts to fill in, and Hyeong-don officially withdrew from the show permanently on January 6, 2016.[7]

Originally scheduled to return to Infinite Challenge in July 2016, the burden of returning to the high-profile show was too much for Hyeong-don,[8] and on July 29, 2016 it was announced that Hyeong-don would permanently leave the show.[9]

On September 13, 2016, shortly after making a brief cameo on Infinite Challenge's Infinite Company special, it was announced that Hyeong-don would return to his hosting role on Weekly Idol for their October 5th episode, ending his 11-month break from television activities.[10]

Infinite Challenge[edit]

Characters[edit]

He is a founding member of MBC's flagship real-variety comedy program Infinite Challenge. During early episodes, he presents his ability for anything, except making people laugh. That makes his character as an "Awkward Piggy" (어색한 뚱보). He has the least amount of nicknames among the members of Infinite Challenge. This was pointed out on the 100th Episode (101st on TV) during the 100 minute debate. He is often seen as amusement because he can do anything well besides entertaining. In the 100th Episode (101st on TV), he was doing archery and was to get exactly 100 points, he often hit high points and got up to 100 points pretty quickly for a first-timer. But he went over 100 and was scolded by members because none of them so far succeeded in any of the 100th Episode competitions.

On January 1, 2011, during its 230th episode broadcast, he awarded MuDo Member of the year 2010, with almost half of the netizens on iMBC.com voting for him. (49 percent; 8,940 votes). He received twice as many votes as the highly recognized and host-in-chief of the program, Yoo Jae-suk(4,393 votes; 24%). During his acceptance speech, he said "It took a 5 and a half years from 'Awkward Piggy' to 'Mijon Gaeoh'.(an abbreviation of 'Michin Jonjaegam Gaehwadong Orangejok, see below). My victory presents to everyone that even an ordinary person (like me) can reach the top".[11]

However, as time progressed, he was slowly able to become funny on his own. He and fellow co-host, Jeong Jun-ha, dubbed as "Jung Brothers", due to their similar family name, and "Fatty Brothers". Unlike Jun-ha's timid personality, Hyeong-don is more aggressive, more witty and highly active despite his stature. He usually makes fun of himself through body gags and any slapstick activities, gaining him the nickname "Crazy Presence" (미친 존재감 Michin Jonjaegam). His other famous nickname is "Gaehwadong Orange Gang" (개화동 오렌지 Gaehwadong Orangejok) due to his fashion style that was teased by other members as "20 years late" (Orange Gang being an old term used for decadent youth fashion during the 1980s and Gaehwadong being the name of suburb where he formerly lived at that time). He also considered Big Bang's leader, G-Dragon, who is notable for being a fashion icon, as his greatest rival. Every time the latter made guest appearances on the show, he always threatened to change G-Dragon's fashion.

Hyungdon and Daejun[edit]

In June 2012, he formed a hip-hop duo with rapper Defconn. Their collaborations have been released under the moniker Hyungdon and Daejun.[12]

In 2015, he rapped on Lizzy's (Orange Caramel, After School) first digital single "Not An Easy Girl."

Personal life[edit]

On September 13, 2009, he married his girlfriend, television comedy scriptwriter Han Yu-ra.[13] The couple welcomed their first children, twin daughters, on December 11, 2012.[14] He graduated at University of Induck.

Television appearances[edit]

Current programs[edit]

Former programs[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Awards show Category Nominated Work Result
2002 17th KBS Awards Comedian Contest Amateur Statue Jeong Hyeong-don Won
2003 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer Award – Comedy Jeong Hyeong-don Won
Top Excellence Award – Idea (Corner) Gag Concert: "Doremi" Won
2004 Excellence Award – Comedy Gag Concert: "Beautiful Flowers" Won
2006 MBC Entertainment Awards Best Program Award Infinite Challenge
(shared with cast members)
Won
2007 MBC Entertainment Awards Best Program Award Infinite Challenge
(shared with cast members)
Won
2008 MBC Entertainment Awards Outstanding Male Entertainer Jeong Hyeong-don Won
Best Variety Show Infinite Challenge
(shared with cast members)
Won
89th National Athletic Competition Aerobic Amateur Club 6-People - 2nd place Infinite Challenge Team
(shared with cast members)
Won
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Best Program Award Infinite Challenge
(shared with cast members)
Won
2010 KCTA Cable TV Broadcast Awards TV Star of the Year Jeong Hyeong-don Won
5th Arena-Audi A-Awards Top "Black Collar Workers" – Innovation Infinite Challenge Team Won
2011 The 53rd National Rowing Championships 2000m Novice Inn (Special Award) Infinite Challenge Team Won
MelOn Music Awards Trend Award Infinite Challenge Theme – "West Coast Highway Song Festival"
(shared with cast members)
Won
2013 MBC Entertainment Awards Most Popular Program Infinite Challenge
(shared with cast members)
Won
"Best Couple" Award Jeong Hyeong-don
(with G-Dragon)
Won
High Excellence Award for Variety Shows – Male Jeong Hyeong-don Won
2014 KBS Entertainment Awards Top Entertainer Award Cool Kiz on the Block Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Entertainment Program of the Year Infinite Challenge
(shared with cast members)
Won
2015 42nd Korea Broadcasting Prizes Grand Prize Infinite Challenge
(shared with cast members)
Won[16]
51st Paeksang Arts Awards Best Variety Performer - Male Jeong Hyeong-don
(for Please Take Care of My Refrigerator, Infinite Challenge
Nominated
KBS Entertainment Awards Variety Star Award Jeong Hyeong-don Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jung Hyung Don Profile". fncent.com. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  2. ^ The reasonable story of Jeong Hyeong-don(Korean), Starnews, Retrieved on August 2, 2005
  3. ^ "Popular TV Personality Jung Hyung Don to Halt All Activities". Soompi. November 11, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "개그맨 정형돈, '불안장애'로 모든 방송 활동 중단" (in Korean). Chosun. November 12, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Comedian Jung Hyung Don Hospitalized for Anxiety Disorder". Soompi. November 20, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Han Hye-ri (November 19, 2015). "FNC 측 "정형돈, 현재 입원 치료 중…조만간 퇴원 예정"" (in Korean). Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jung Hyung Don officially withdraws from 'Please Take Care of My Refrigerator' + FNC updates on his condition". allkpop. January 6, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ "김태호 PD "정형돈·노홍철 하차, '무도' 소중히 생각해 내린 선택" [인터뷰]" (in Korean). July 29, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ "정형돈 측 "'무도' 최종 하차, 정신적 고통 부담감" [공식입장]" (in Korean). July 29, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ "'주간아' 측 "정형돈 10月 복귀, 각별한 애정 덕에 가능" [공식입장]" (in Korean). September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ Jeong Hyeong-don is the winner of MuDo's Member of the year 2010, with a massive votes by netizen(Korean), TVReport, January 2, 2011, Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  12. ^ "형돈이와 대준이". Naver Music. Naver Corporation. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Jung Hyung Don’s wedding photos, 88news.net, Retrieved on January 2, 2010
  14. ^ "Jung Hyung Don Welcomes Twin Daughters into the World". 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  15. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2016/01/jung-hyung-don-officially-withdraws-from-please-take-care-of-my-refrigerator-fnc-updates-on-his-condition
  16. ^ "'Infinite Challenge' first variety in 16 years to win broadcasting awards top prize". The Korea Times-US. The Korea Times. 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 

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