Kim Byung-man

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Kim Byung-man
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Kim Byung-man in 2012
Born (1975-07-29) July 29, 1975 (age 43)
Jeonju, Wanju, North Jeolla Province
NationalitySouth Korean
Years active1995-present
SpouseA-ssi (2012)
Notable works and rolesGag Concert, The Law of the Jungle

Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Byeong-man
McCune–ReischauerKim Byŏngman

Kim Byung-man (born July 29, 1975) is a South Korean comedian,[1] best known for his incredible slapstick and acrobatic stunts as a Master in Gag Concert, and survival skills in Law of the Jungle as he acts as the Chief of the show. In November 2015, he entered a new program on SBS titled 'Shaolin Clenched Fists', where Kim Byung-man and a group of other celebrities visit the Shaolin Monastery to learn the traditional martial arts from Shaolin Masters.


Kim was born into a poor family with an older brother and three sisters in Jeonju, Wanju in North Jeolla Province. His father was an alcoholic, because of his bad luck in business. This caused his family to be in chronic debt. His mother tried to make a little money working at odd jobs, such as working at a restaurant. Kim also tried to help raise money for the family by doing manual labor. Wanting to be a comedian, he left his home and moved to Seoul to go to an apartment with other aspiring comedians. After three failed auditions on KBS and four on MBC, he was finally accepted by KBS in 2002. He starred in Gag concert on the Master show as a Master, his most famous role, in which he performs difficult tasks, showcasing his ability to acquire new skills quickly.[2]

Kim made his first appearance in the movie called "Gift" (선물) in 2002. He was also the runner-up on Kim Yuna's Kiss and Cry where famous entertainers learn how to figure skate from professionals.[3]

Up till 2012 he was signed under Castle J Entertainment, and on 19 September, it was announced that he has signed exclusive contracts with SM C&C, a subsidiary of SM Entertainment, along with Lee Soo Geun.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Last Present Comedian
2004 The Magic Police Himself
2005 Baribari Zzang Himself
2006 My Wife Is a Gangster 3 Ssogari
2007 Three Kims Third child Supporting role
2008 Radio Dayz Truck driver
2011 Battlefield Heroes Guard for Cave 1
Super Monkey Returns Son Oh-gong

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 S Clinic Gae Jak-doo
2008 The Lawyers of The Great Republic Korea Jeon Yi-man (Jjajangmyun delivery guy)
One Mom and Three Dads French cook Cameo (Episode 7)
2008-2009 General Hospital 2 Oh Young Bum
2009 Jolly Widows Moon Goon (Yoon-jung's auto mechanic) Extended cast
Hometown Legends Angel of death Episode 7
2010 Boy Meets Girl Himself Drama Special
Dr. Champ Im Ki Man Cameo
2010-2011 Athena: Goddess of War Himself Cameo
2012 Ohlala Couple Himself (expert who specializes in catching cheating spouses) Cameo (Episode 2)
What's the Deal, Mom? Himself
I Remember You Lee Deok-soo
2013 Chief Inspector Choi ll-Joo Detective Ma Yong-hee
The Queen of Office Himself (seasoned raw crab master) Cameo (Episode 3)
2017 Introverted Boss Himself Cameo (Episode 6)
2019 Dazzling Byung Man Cameo (Episode 5)

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2002- Gag Concert Himself KBS2
2011–present Law of the Jungle Himself SBS Permanent member
2014 Clenched Fist Chef Himself SBS Along with Henry Lau, Kangin, Victoria Song and Rose Motel’s Yook Joong Wan
Eco Village Himself Permanent member
2015-2016 Shaolin Clenched Fists Fixed cast member Episodes 1-13
2018 Master in the House Himself (as a Master) Episodes 39-40

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
SBS Entertainment Awards
Most Outstanding Award: Variety Category Law of the Jungle Won
2012 Won
49th Paeksang Arts Awards
Best Variety Performer - Male Won
SBS Entertainment Awards
Daesang (Grand Award) Won
41st Korea Broadcasting Awards
Best Comedian Won
SBS Entertainment Awards
Daesang (Grand Award) Won
SBS Entertainment Awards
PD Award Won


  1. ^ Mee-yoo, Kwon (July 6, 2011). "Reality TV gets a spin as stars challenge skating, dancing". Korea Times. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  2. ^ "'Gagman' Kim Byung-man Tells of Rags-to-Riches Rise in Bio". South Korea: k-popexpress. August 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  3. ^ "F(X)'S KRYSTAL WINS 'KISS AND CRY'". k-popexpress. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  4. ^ Ho, Stewart (19 September 2012). "Lee Su Geun, Kim Byung Man Join Kang Ho Dong at SM C&C?". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 6 October 2012.

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