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 43)
Yangpyeong County, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Medium Stand-up comedy, television, master of ceremonies
Nationality South Korea
Years active 1996–2013
Genres Comedy
Spouse Park Ji-yeon
Notable works and roles
Korean name
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.


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. 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 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 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 had 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 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.[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]


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. Among them, Lee Soo-geun's greatest charm is 'Chemie' which is more evident when you are with other performers.[1]

Lee Soo-geun in tvN 'Kang's Kitchen' showed character as a strong right-hand Kang Ho-dong's man. In SBS 'Law of the Jungle in Komodo', he showed the compatibility with his best friend Kim Byung-man, and JTBC 'Night Goblin' showed a strong sense of being a senior to take Lee Hong-gi and JR Nu'est. In addition, SBS 'Master Key' act as a central axis of the program, which connects the situation and another situation naturally so that various performances of many performers can be revealed well.

In addition, JTBC 'My Foreigner Friend', Lee Soo-geun, more act as the father of two boys, rather than the entertainer. Lee Soo-geun and his two sons (Lee Tae-Joon & Lee Tae-Soo) had a trip to Bhutan to give viewers a "healing" when he showed his comradeship as a comedian, husband and father.



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)
2013 TrendE Lee Seung-yeon & Lee Su-geun's Kitchen Road (이승연, 이수근의 키친로드)
2011 KBS2 On Your Command Sir!
2011 2012 KBS2 Invincible Youth 2 (청춘불패 2)
2013 KBS2 Win Win (승승장구)
JTBC Lee Soo Geun and Kim Byung Man's High Society (이수근 김병만의 상류사회)
2012 2012 tvN go 3 Idiots (세얼간이)
2013 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)
tvN Variety Show Employment Agency
KBS2 Neighborhood Superstar (동네스타)
AKATV King of the Month (이달의 행사왕)
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
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)
S.M. Abatak Travel (아바탁 여행)
MBN It's Delicious (이맛이야)
Channel A We Are Also National Athletes (우리도 국가대표다)
JTBC My Foreigner Friend (나의 외사친) Ep: 1 to 6 & 11
tvN Shadow Singer (수상한 가수)
2018 tvN Kang's Kitchen (강식당)
SBS Master Key (마스터키)
E Channel My Daughter's Men 2 (내 딸의 남자들 2)
JTBC Night Goblin (밤도깨비)
Present MBN Cart Show (카트쇼)
2018 tvN Talkmon (토크몬) Talk Master
tvN Friendly Driver (친절한 기사단)
MBN Do you want to rest today?(오늘 쉴래요?)
E Channel For the first time since I was born (태어나서 처음으로)
E-Channel My Daughter's Men 3 (내 딸의 남자들 3) Start 15th April
tvN Food Diary (식량일기)

Guest Appearance[edit]

Year Network Title Epsoide
2010 SBS My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (내 여자친구는 구미호) Cameo
2013 SBS Hwasin: Controller of the Heart Ep: 1
2016 KBS2 Happy Together Ep: 454
JTBC Let's Eat Dinner Together Ep: 11
tvN Problematic Men Ep: 79
SBS Mom's Diary - My Ugly Duckling Kim Gun Mo VT (ep. 16)
JTBC Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (냉장고를 부탁해) Special MC (ep. 60–61)
2017 KBS2 Happy Together Ep: 490
tvN Life Bar (인생술집) Ep: 32
SBS Mom's Diary - My Ugly Duckling Lee Sang-Min VT (ep. 36,37, 50)
Channel A Daddy's True Colors (아빠본색) Wife (ep. 36 – 37)
SBS Law of the Jungle (in Komodo) Ep. 278–282
2018 JTBC Let's Eat Dinner Together Ep: 63
SBS Mom's Diary: My Ugly Duckling Ep: 71 & 72
VLIVE Keyword #BoA Ep. 56 – 60


Year Title Notes
2001 Last Present (선물)
2004 마법경찰 갈갈이와 옥동자
2005 바리바리 짱
2010 Shrek Forever After Dubbed Rumpelstiltskin
Chopsticks (젓가락)
My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Police Officer, ep.4
2012 My Husband got a family Yoon Bin's former manager, ep.21
Reply 1997 Voice of substitute Bus Driver
2018 Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead Comical dance choreographer


Year Name Feating
2006 고음불가
2009 Let's Keep Going Until the End (갈때까지 가보자) Eun Ji-won
Happy Song (해피송)
160 featured in Eun Ji-won's fifth album, Platonic
Soulmates (천생연분) featured in 브랜뉴데이(Brand New Day) song
2010 HUK Eun Ji-won
The Journey of a National Tour (전국민여행송) featured in 장근이 song [2]


Year Product Name Video Links
2017 Pupugame: Saint Seiya [3] [4]
2018 Clash Royale (Korea) [5]


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


External links[edit]

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