'New Pig' sheds pot belly for hot bod
HE IS famous for his funny antics and over-the-top performances on the wildly popular South Korean variety show Infinity Challenge.
The YouTube generation may also recognise comedian-host Noh Hong Chul as the crotch-thrusting "elevator guy" in South Korean singer Psy's hit music video, Gangnam Style.
Yet, when the 34-year-old made headlines in his home country recently, it wasn't because of yet another stunt.
Noh stunned audiences and fans alike when he underwent a shocking physical transformation while on the show.
The popular funnyman, who was nicknamed "New Pig" by his fellow hosts because of his pot belly, lost 15kg in a month and showed off his lean, toned physique - complete with six-pack abs - in an episode on Nov 30.
He stands at 1.81m and used to weigh 75kg.
The variety show often presents its seven hosts with absurd challenges and missions. They use creative and comical means to fulfil their tasks.
Other hosts of Infinity Challenge include Yoo Jae Suk and Ha Dong Hoon (Ha Ha) from another hot variety show, Running Man, as well as Gil, one-half of Korean hip-hop duo Leessang.
In a previous episode, Noh had wondered aloud about being a fashion model in Milan, and the show's producers turned it into a challenge.
The hosts met up with South Korean fashion designers, magazine editors and models to discuss their prospects, and were told that they needed to lose weight before they stood a chance.
When Noh showed off his hot bod in the recent episode, the other hosts looked amazed and said: "I think he can really go to Milan!"
Gil said: "He worked really hard. He ate only chestnuts and sweet potatoes and did not take a single grain of salt."
Meanwhile, netizens and fans of Infinity Challenge have been weighing in on his new look.
Online user Myumeful said: "Hong Chul is actually pretty damn hot."
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