Lee Soo-geun

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Lee Soo-geun
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Birth nameLee Soo-geun
Born (1975-02-10) February 10, 1975 (age 44)
Yangpyeong County, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
MediumStand-up comedy, television, master of ceremonies
NationalitySouth Korea
Years active1996–2013
SpousePark Ji-yeon
Notable works and roles
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Su-geun
McCune–ReischauerI 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 career as a comedian on KBS Gag Concert and appeared in Finding Laughter. He currently lives in Mapo-gu, a district in Seoul. He is under the management of SM Culture & Contents agency.


Before entering the entertainment industry, Lee worked as a recreational instructor,[2] and entered a singing contest on MBC's 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. He made a breakthrough in his career after appearing on KBS' Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days. He was seen as the most hardworking member of the cast and was in charge of driving in the show, as he had a commercial coach license. After appearing on the show, he had earned more recognition and was offered MC roles on other shows, such as season 2 of Sang Sang Plus, his first TV appearance with the role of an MC. His marriage was broadcast on national television on 1 Night 2 Days.

Up until 2012, he was signed under Castle J Entertainment, and on September 19, it was announced that he had signed exclusive contracts with SM C&C, a subsidiary of SM Entertainment, along with Kim Byung-man, immediately after fellow national MC Kang Ho-dong and Shin Dong-yup joined.[3][4]

In December 2015, he reunited with Kang Ho-dong as a cast member for JTBC's new variety show, Knowing Bros.[5][6]

In 2017, Lee Soo-geun appeared in more than ten programs over the course of a year and showed his unique charm in various programs.[7]


In 2013, Lee was under the investigation for suspicion of online illegal gambling along with Tony An, Tak Jae-hoon, Andy Lee & Boom. Lee was involved in an illegal sports gambling scandal, in which he placed bets on the results of top division football teams in the United Kingdom by using an illegal online gambling website and cell phone text messages. Lee has 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 gambled using US$370.000. 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.[8] 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 if it is my first time."[9]



Year Award Show Award
2006 KBS Entertainment Awards Excellent Corner Award for Comedy Division
2007 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer's Award (Men Division)
2008 KBS Entertainment Awards New Male MC Award (Variety Show Division)
South Korea Entertainment Awards Comedian Award
2009 KBS Entertainment Awards Male MC Award (Variety Show Division)
2010 Mnet Mnet 20's Choice 20th Most influential star
The 11th Korea Visual Arts Competition Portfolio Award
KBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award (Variety Show Division)
2011 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Male Variety Performer
23rd Korea PD Awards Comedian Award
The 38th Korea Broadcasting Awards Personal Comedy Division
KBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award
KBS Entertainment Awards Entertainment Daesang - 1N2D team members
2016 The 10th Cable TV Broadcasting Popular Star - as MC of Juk-bang Legend (죽방전설)


  1. ^ Jeong-hyun, Ryu (10 December 2010). "Celebrities say age-gap makes no difference in planning marriage". Korea Herald. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Knowing Brother: Episode 84". Kshow123. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Ho, Stewart (September 19, 2012). "Lee Su Geun, Kim Byung Man Join Kang Ho Dong at SM C&C". Mwave. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Jang Dong Gun, Kim Ha Neul, Han Ji Min, Lee Soo Geun, Kim Byung Man, and more become part of SM Entertainment's SM C&C". Allkpop. September 19, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Yoon, Dong Won. "'아는 형님' 강호동 이수근 민경훈 출연확정…12월을 수놓는 8인의 별들!". Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  6. ^ Chae, Sun Ah. "강호동 `아는형님` 출연확정, 이수근도 끌고 간다…어떤 예능일까?". Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  7. ^ "SM Entertainment". www.smentertainment.com (in Korean). 2 January 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  8. ^ Son, Angela (December 7, 2013). "Lee Soo Geun, Taek Jae Hoon, Tony Ahn Charged With 1 Year In Prison". KDramaStars. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "Lee Soo-geun's return show". 15 June 2015.

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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