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Kang Ho-dong

Kang Ho-dong
Birth name Kang Ho-dong
Born (1970-06-11) June 11, 1970
Jinju, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
Years active 1993–present
Genres Comedy
Influences Lee Kyung-kyu
Yoo Jae-suk
Spouse Lee Hyo-jin (이효진)
Notable works and roles SBS X-Man
SBS Love Letter
SBS Star King
MBC Golden Fishery
KBS Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days''
SBS Strong Heart
SBS Barefooted Friends
Korean name
Hangul 강호동
Hanja 姜鎬童, 姜虎东
Revised Romanization Gang Ho-dong
McCune–Reischauer Kang Ho-dong

Kang Ho-dong (born June 11, 1970) is a Korean MC and comedian, who first became known to Koreans as the top Korean traditional wrestler. Along with comedian Yoo Jae-suk, he has terminated his contract with De Chocolate E&TF (a.k.a. Stom E&F) for issues of non-payment. In September 2011, Kang retired from the entertainment industry and withdrew all his TV shows due to a demand for back taxes,[1] but has since announced his return to the entertainment industry from late 2012.

Personal life

Kang Ho-dong was born in Jinju on 11 June 1970 to a family of one brother and three sisters. On November 12, 2006, Kang married Lee Hyo-jin. On March 13, 2009, they had their first child, a boy named Kang Si-hoo. Kang was not present at the birth as he was away filming an episode of 1 Night 2 Days. He was also away filming for the program on the couple's first wedding anniversary.


Kang Ho-dong graduated from Masan Business High School. After graduating from high school, he started participating actively in professional Ssireum (Korean wrestling) matches. Early in his wrestling career, he lost many matches. However, on July 8, 1989, at the 44th national ssireum championships, the unseeded Kang managed to defeat the legendary Lee Man-ki and went on to win the tournament, which marked the start of his successful Ssireum career. Known as 'Devil on the sand' for his arrogant and fearless demeanor, he went on to win the Baekdujangsa Ssireum Championship seven times and the Cheonhajangsa Ssireum Championship five times, he was widely recognized as the youngest ever Cheonhajangsa title holder.

After Kang retired from wrestling, he began his MC and comedian career in 1999, appearing on MBC as a talent. He was influenced by Lee Kyung-kyu, who is a famous MC and comedian in South Korea. He later became the host of a number of popular variety programs such as X-Man, Love Letter and Ya Shim Man Man. Kang has won numerous entertainment awards, and is widely recognized as one of the best television hosts in Korean television history. In 2011, He hosted four popular variety programs – Happy Sunday - 1 Night 2 Days,[2] Golden Fishery, Star King and Strong Heart.

On September 9, 2011, Kang held a press conference announcing his retirement from the entertainment industry due a demand for back taxes by the National Tax Service,[3] but was not charged with tax evasion as his annual tax payments do not exceed W500 million.[4] On 17 August 2012, Kang along with fellow MC Shin Dong-yup signed exclusive contracts with SM C&C in collaboration with SM Entertainment and made a comeback.

Kang also owns a chain of Korean barbecue restaurants called Baek Jeong.[5]

Notable programs

  • Golden Fishery is a talk show that airs on Wednesdays. Kang Ho-dong plays a "knee guru" to whom celebrities present a current problem and Kang, along with popular comedian Yoo Se-yoon and All Rise Band, tries to come up with a solution.
  • Star King is a talent variety program that airs on Saturdays. Each week, there are different challengers who compete for the title "STAR KING" and guests stars are invited to be the judges of the competition.
  • Strong Heart is a talk show hosted by Kang Ho-dong and Lee Seung-gi that airs on Tuesdays. Each week, 24 guests stars are invited to share their entertaining or heartwarming stories that are related to the theme assigned and the guest with the most touching story is presented with the "Strong Heart" title.

Television shows



  • 2005: "Oh! Happy Day" (Christmas carol featuring child actress, Chae Eun)
  • 2009: "Horror Show" (featured in MC Mong's repackaged album, Humanimal, also featured in the music video)
  • 2009: "Ho Dong Show" (featured in MC Mong's repackaged album, Humanimal as a bonus track)

Awards and achievements

Ssireum (wrestling)

  • 1987: 제17회 회장기쟁탈전국장사씨름대회 장사급 준우승 (Runner-up)
  • 1989: 44th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
  • 1990: 47th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
  • 1990: 18th Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)
  • 1991: 54th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
  • 1991: 21st Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)
  • 1992: 24th Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)


  • 1995: TV Journal Star King - Top Excellence Award
  • 1998: MBC Entertainment Awards - Excellence Award in a Comedy/Sitcom
  • 2002: MBC Entertainment Awards - Top Excellence Award in a Variety Show
  • 2003: SBS Entertainment Awards - Special Award, MC category
  • 2003: 39th Baeksang Arts Awards - Best TV Entertainer (Soulmates)
  • 2005: 4th KBS Entertainment Awards - Special Award, MC category
  • 2007: SBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang
  • 2008: 44th Baeksang Arts Awards - Daesang for TV (Happy Sunday)
  • 2008: 20th Korean Producers' Award of Korea - Best Show Host (1 Night 2 Days)
  • 2008: 2008 Famous Creative Entertainment - "1 of top 50"
  • 2008: 9th Korea Visual Arts Awards - Photogenic Award, MC category
  • 2008: 7th KBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang (1 Night 2 Days)
  • 2008: MBC Entertainment Awards - Daesang (Golden Fishery)
  • 2009: 8th KBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang (1 Night 2 Days)
  • 2010: SBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang ('Strong Heart')
  • 2013: SBS Entertainment Awards - Producer MC Award ('Star King')


  1. ^ "Star TV Host Bows Out Over Tax Fiddle" Chosun Ilbo. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  2. ^ "South Korean celeb programs popular in North". The Korea Herald. March 27, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ (Korean) "강호동 연예계서 잠정 은퇴" MBC News. 9 september 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  4. ^ "TV Host Cleared of Tax Dodging" Chosun Ilbo. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  5. ^

External links

  • DE Chocolate E&TF - Official Website (in Korean)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tak Jae-hoon
KBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang
2008 & 2009
Succeeded by
Kang Ho-dong
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