Lee Soo-geun

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Lee Soo-geun
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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
2015–Present
Genres Comedy
Spouse Park Ji-yeon
Notable works and roles
Korean name
Hangul 이수근
Hanja
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 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 S.M. Culture & Contents agency.

Biography[edit]

Before entering the entertainment industry, Lee worked as a recreational instructor[2], and 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 was offered MC roles on other shows, such as the season 2 of Sang Sang Plus, his first TV appearance in the role of 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 September 19, it was announced that he has signed exclusive contracts with SM C&C, a subsidiary of SM Entertainment, along with Kim Byung-man right 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]

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 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.[7] 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."[8]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

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)
MBC Every 1 God of Cookery Expedition (식신원정대)
2009 KBS2 Welcome (코미디쇼 희희낙락)
MBC Every 1 Monarch of the Rings (반지의 제왕)
2010 2010 MBC Every 1 Hakuna matata
EBS Avatar
KBS N Sports Par★Star (Par★스타)
KBS2 Happy Birthday (해피버스데이)
SBS Delicious (맛있는 초대)
SBS 스토리쇼부탁해요
SBS Sweet Potato (고구마)
SBS My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (내 여자친구는 구미호) Cameo
2013 TrendE Lee Seung-yeon & Lee Su-geun's Kitchen Road (이승연, 이수근의 키친로드)
2011 KBS2 On Your Command Sir!
2011 2013 KBS2 Win Win (승승장구)
2011 2012 KBS2 Invincible Youth 2 (청춘불패 2)
2012 tvN go 3 Idiots (세얼간이)
2013 2013 SBS Hwasin: Controller of the Heart Guest (ep. 1–2)
2016 KBS2 Cool Kiz on the Block (우리동네 예능과 체육의 능력자) Ep. 1–32, 164–174
2015 2015 tvN go New Journey to the West (신서유기)
XTM Chicken Surfing (닭치고 서핑)
2016 XTM Time Out (타임아웃)
2015 Present JTBC Knowing Bros (아는 형님)
2016 2016 tvN go New Journey to the West 2 (신서유기 2)
Mnet Hit The Stage (힛 더 스테이지)
JTBC Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (냉장고를 부탁해) Special MC (ep. 60–61)
KBS2 Happy Together (해피투게더) Guest (ep. 454)
tvN Variety Show Employment Agency
JTBC Neighborhood Superstar (동네스타)
AKATV King of the Month (이달의 행사왕)
tvN Problematic Men Guest (ep. 79)
KBS2 Sister's Slam Dunk (언니들의 슬램덩크) Guest (ep. 31)
JTBC Let's Eat Dinner Together Guest (ep. 11)
SBS Mom's Diary - My Ugly Duckling Kim Gun Mo VT (ep. 16)
2017 Channel A Singderella
MBC Secretly Greatly
2017 MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships
tvN go New Journey to the West 3 (신서유기 3)
tvN Empty the Convenience Store
KBS2 Guesthouse Daughters
KBS2 Happy Together (해피투게더) Guest (ep. 490)
Channel A Daddy's True Colors (아빠본색) Wife (ep. 36–37)
XTM The Bunker 8 (더 벙커 시즌8)
E Channel My Daughter's Men (내 딸의 남자들)
tvN go New Journey to the West 4 (신서유기 4)
SBS Law of the Jungle (in Komodo) Ep. 278–282
S.M. Abatak Travel (아바탁 여행)
MBN It's Delicious (이맛이야)
tvN Life Bar (인생술집) Guest (ep. 32)
SBS Mom's Diary - My Ugly Duckling Lee Sang-Min VT (ep. 36,37, 50)
Channel A We Are Also National Athletes (우리도 국가대표다)
JTBC My Foreign Friend (나의 외사친)
Present tvN Suspicious Singer (수상한 가수) Panelist
JTBC Night Goblin (밤도깨비)
E Channel My Daughter's Men 2 (내 딸의 남자들 2)
SBS Master Key (마스터키)
MBN Cart Show (카트쇼)
tvN Kang's Kitchen (강식당) Starts December

Film[edit]

Production[edit]

  • 2006: 컴온베이비최강자전

Music[edit]

  • 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

Awards[edit]

  • 2006: Excellent Corner Award for Comedy Division
  • 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)
  • 2010: Mnet 20's Choice 20th Most influential star
  • 2010: The 11th Korea Visual Arts Competition Portfolio Award
  • 2010: KBS Entertainment Awards – Excellence Award (Variety Show Division)
  • 2011: 47th Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Male Variety Performer
  • 2011: 23rd Korea PD Awards Awards Comedian Award
  • 2011: The 38th Korea Broadcasting Awards Personal Comedy Division
  • 2011: KBS Entertainment Awards – Top Excellence Award
  • 2011: KBS Entertainment Awards – Entertainment Daesang - 1N2D team members
  • 2016: The 10th Cable TV Broadcasting – Popular Star

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shin Bong-sun
KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Male MC
2009
2010
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Han Seok-joon
KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Newcomer MC
2008
Succeeded by
Jeon Hyun-mu
Preceded by
Kim Jong-min
KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Entertainer
2007
Succeeded by
Kim Sung-min
Kim Tae-won
Lee Ha-neul