Lee Soo-geun

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Lee Soo-geun
Birth name Lee Soo-geun
Born (1975-02-10) February 10, 1975 (age 42)
Yangpyeong County, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Medium Stand-up comedy, television, master of ceremonies
Nationality  South Korean
Years active 1996-2013
Genres Comedy
Spouse Park Ji-yeon
Notable works and roles KBS Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days
KBS Gag Concert
KBS Sang Sang Plus Season 2
Korean name
Hangul 이수근
Revised Romanization I Su-geun
McCune–Reischauer I Sugŭn

Lee Soo-geun (Hangul이수근; born February 10, 1975) is a South Korean comedian[1] who has worked on a number of comedy shows on South Korean television. He began his comedian career on KBS Gag Concert and appeared in Finding Laughter. He currently lives in Mapo-gu, a district in Seoul. He is under the Agency SM C&C.


Before entering the entertainment industry, Lee had entered a singing contest on MBC River Music Festival (강변가요제). He was also an aerobics instructor. In October 2006, he began his own online Internet shopping mall selling clothes. In May 2008, he became an ambassador for the Pork Management Committee (양돈 자조금 관리위원회 홍보대사)

Lee has appeared on many reality-variety shows. His career made a breakthrough after appearing on KBS Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days. He was seen as the most hardworking member of the cast and is in charge of driving on the show, as he has commercial coach license. After appearing on the show, he has earned more recognition and received roles from other shows as MC — such as Sang Sang Plus Season 2, his first role as a MC. His marriage was broadcast on national television on 1 Night 2 Days.

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 Kim Byung-man.[2]

In December 2015, he reunited with Kang Ho-dong as a cast member for JTBC's new variety show, Knowing Bros.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Lee was under the investigation for suspicion of online illegal gambling along with Tony An, Tak Jae Hoon, Andy Lee and Boom. Lee was involved in an illegal sports gambling of betting on the winner of top division soccer league teams in the United Kingdom, using the illegal online gambling site and cell phone text messages. Lee have claimed to have bet billions of Korean won on online sports betting websites. As a result of researching his gambling activities, Lee Soo Geun from December 2008 to June 2011 have gambled using 370,000 dollars. Judge Shin Myung-hee of the Seoul Central Prosecutor's Office in the morning of December 6, 2013, in the first public trial charged Lee Soo Geun with eight months in prison and two years of probation. Lee Soo Geun, who appeared in the first public trial with his lawyer, repeatedly acknowledged his crime and begged for mercy.[5] After two years of self-restraint time at home, he returned with billiards competition show "Juk-bang Legend". Before filming the first episode of the show, Lee said "I will restart as it is my first time."[6]



Year Network Title Remarks
2000-2013 KBS2 Gag Concert (개그콘서트)
2006-2007 KBS2 Happy Together
2007 KBS2 Are You Ready (준비됐어요)
2007-2013 KBS2 Happy Sunday's 1 Night 2 Days (1박 2일)
2008-2009 KBS2 Shin Dong-yup and Shin Bong-sun's Champagne (신동엽 신봉선의 샴페인)
2008-2010 KBS2 Sang Sang Plus Season 2
2008-2009 KBS2 No. 1 (위기탈출 넘버원)
2008-2009 MBC Every 1 God of Cookery Expedition (식신원정대)
2009 KBS2 Wellcome (코미디쇼 희희낙락)
2009 MBC Every 1 Monarch of the Rings (반지의 제왕)
2010 MBC Every 1 Hakuna matata
2010 EBS Avatar
2010 KBS N Sports Par★Star (Par★스타)
2010-2013 TrendE Lee Seung-yeon & Lee Soo-geun's Kitchen Road (이승연, 이수근의 키친로드)
2010 KBS2 Happy Birthday (해피버스데이)
2010 SBS Delicious (맛있는 초대)
2010 SBS 스토리쇼부탁해요
2010 SBS Sweet Potato (고구마)
2010 SBS My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (내 여자친구는 구미호) Cameo
2010-2011 KBS2 On Your Command Sir!
2011-2012 KBS2 Invincible Youth 2 (청춘불패 2)
2011-2013 KBS2 Win Win (승승장구)
2013 KBS2 Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education (우리동네 예능과 체육의 능력자)
2015 tvN go New Journey to the West (신서유기)
2015–present JTBC Knowing Bros (아는 형님)
2016 tvN go New Journey to the West 2 (신서유기 2)
2016 Mnet Hit The Stage
2016 KBS2 Happy Together Guest: Ep. 454
2016 JTBC Let's Eat Dinner Together Guest: Ep. 11
2016 tvN Variety Show Employment Agency
2016-2017 Channel A Singderella
2016-2017 MBC Secretly Greatly
2017 MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships
2017 tvN go New Journey to the West 3 (신서유기 3)
2017 tvN Empty the Convenience Store
2017 KBS2 Guesthouse Daughters
2017 KBS2 Happy Together Guest: Ep. 490
2017 tvN go New Journey to the West 4 (신서유기 4)



  • 2006: 컴온베이비최강자전


  • 2006: "고음불가"
  • 2009: "Let's Keep Going Until the End" (갈때까지 가보자) ft. Eun Ji-won
  • 2009: "Happy Song" (해피송)
  • 2009: "160", which was featured in Eun Ji-won's fifth album, Platonic
  • 2010: "HUK" ft. Eun Ji-won


  • 2007: 6th KBS Entertainment Awards – Best Entertainer's Award (Men Division)
  • 2008: 7th KBS Entertainment Awards – New Male MC Award (Variety Show Division)
  • 2008: 15th South Korea Entertainment Awards – Comedian Award
  • 2009: 8th KBS Entertainment Awards – Male MC Award (Variety Show Division)
  • 2011: 47th Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Male Variety Performer


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shin Bong-sun
KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Male MC
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Han Seok-joon
KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Newcomer MC
Succeeded by
Jeon Hyun-mu
Preceded by
Kim Jong-min
KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Entertainer
Succeeded by
Kim Sung-min
Kim Tae-won
Lee Ha-neul