Complete Information About Comedian Lee Soo-geun
Any Korean variety show lover must have seen Lee Soo-geun’s funny acts and has been entertained by his funny jokes. Lee Soo-geun is a regular face in variety programs, from music, comedy, games, sports, outdoor activities, to talk shows. In the peak of his popularity, he participated in 16 variety shows throughout the year. Among his entertainer friends, he is known as a hard worker, best driver, and multi-sportsman.
Unfortunately, many people don’t know his criminal records like assaulting a woman and illegal gambling and his sad life stories. He was broke and penniless in his early debut as a comedian. His wife’s health condition deteriorated while he was sentenced to probation.
Lee Soo-geun met his best friend that took him through a difficult period and encouraged him to pursue a career in comedy entertainment. He also met his best partner, introducing him to a successful career in variety shows. In this article, Byeol Korea invites you to look beyond his dark past and be inspired by his versatility and hardworking character. So stay tuned!
Full Profile of Lee Soo-geun
- Name: Lee Soo-geun
- Date of Birth: February 10th, 1975
- Place of Birth: Yangpyeong, Korea
- Height: 164 cm
- Weight: 62 kg
- Blood type: O
- Management: SM Culture & Contents
- Education: Seoul University, Recreation Department
- Zodiac: Aquarius
- Chinese Zodiac: The Year of the Tiger
- YouTube: Sugeun Lee’s Channel
Interesting Facts About Lee Soo-geun
- He was an aerobics instructor before debuting as a comedian
- He lived with only 80000 KRW per month during his early career as a comedian
- His wife used to operate her own online shopping malls for clothing
- He is the hardest working member on every TV program show that he has participated in
- Lee Soo-geun holds taekwondo 5th-degree black belt
- He has a professional level billiard skills
- He holds a license for a commercial driving instructor
- He holds a license for driving buses and trucks
- Lee Soo-geun has one car with a right steering wheel
- Lee Soo-geun drives well in right steering wheel countries
- He once drove a bus during a 1N 2D shooting
- He is close friends with comedian Kim Byung-man and Kang Ho-dong
- Lee Soo-geun participated in Kangbyeon Music Festival in 1996 but he was eliminated by Yoo Hee-yeol
- Lee Soo-geun and actor-singer Im Chang-jung were born in the same neighborhood
- He is a Buddhist
- He is a Starcraft maniac
- He has one brother and one sister
Debut As A Comedian
Before debuting as a comedian, Lee Soo-geun worked as a recreation instructor in a youth training center. In 1999, he followed a casting for a minor role in a movie titled Last Present. The male leading role worked as a comedian in Gag Concert and several people were needed to play as comedians. In the casting set, Lee Soo-geun met his future best friend, Kim Byung-man. Both of them were selected because they were short and they were of similar height.
Lee Soo-geun and Kim Byung-man were asked to make a comedy skit for the film. It turned out that their scene was very funny. The actual producer and writer of KBS’ Gag Concert heard about them and went to see their comedy skit. The producer and writer loved their comedy and their skit was immediately recorded. They were soon contracted to perform on Gag Concert.
Last Present was released in 2001, marking Lee Soo-geun’s and Kim Byung-man’s debut in the entertainment industry. The leading roles were played by Lee Jung-jae and Lee Young Ae.
While working as a comedian in Gag Concert, Lee Soo-geun and his best friend Kim Byung-man lived together in a building rooftop. It was a very difficult period for them. Since they didn’t have any money, they collected empty bottles to pay their monthly rent. Both of them participated in Gag Concert for a year but failed the KBS public audition for comedians.
In order to support his living expenses, Lee Soo-geun decided to pursue a career outside the entertainment world and returned to teach at a youth training center. He called Kim Byung-man and told him about his decision. Kim Byung-man was extremely sad and angered by Lee Soo-geun’s betrayal. Kim Byung-man tried another audition the following year and passed the KBS 17th public audition. After passing the audition, he persuaded Lee Soo-geun to give it another try. In 2003, Lee Soo-geun passed the KBS 18th public audition.
The KBS Gag Concert was recorded on Wednesday and broadcasted on Sunday. Lee Soo-geun, Kim Byung-man, and Jung Jeong-cheol performed their comedy corner titled Warrior Battle. Lee Soo-geun and Kim Byung-man played as warriors that faced each other in a soundless battle. Jung Jeong-cheol played as the middle man, supplying background sound of the battle using his own voice. The trio performed Warrior Battle from October 5th, 2003 to January 4th, 2004.
Lee Soo-geun performed in Gag Concert for several years, continuously playing minor roles. He gained huge popularity after performing a comedy corner called High Pitch Impossible. He performed as a trio member who failed to sing in high pitch and was always out of tune while other members, comedian Ryu Dam and Byeon Ki-soo, sang extremely well. The comedian trio performed High Pitch Impossible from January 29th, 2006 until July 9th, 2006. After his breakthrough role as the off-tune singer, he started appearing in TV variety shows.