He graduated from the Applied Science University in 2004, and then moved to Dubai during the same year to pursue a career in media. Chung’s comedy career began in November 2007 when Showtime Arabia approached him to join the Axis of Evil comedy tour as the “Korean” they were looking for. They originally wanted a North Korean to complete the Axis, but instead settled for a South Korean, who speaks Arabic. He toured with the Axis of Evil comedy tour for a month, performing in 27 shows infront of 20,000 people collectively, in Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon and Dubai.
After being discovered at a shoe store at a mall in Dubai, Wonho was asked to join the critically acclaimed "Axis of Evil comedy tour" on their first ever Middle East tour which is believed to have been the catalyst for the Arabic stand up comedy movement in the region. Chung was introduced on this tour as a sidekick, but with his perfect Arabic language, surprisingly good singing voice, natural comedic ability and captivating stage presence, a new stand up comedy star was born. Various news agencies hailed Wonho as the "first Arabic speaking stand up comedian in the Middle East", and after successfully selling out 27 shows, in 5 cities over a period of 30 days in 2007 the Axis of Evil comedy tour became a runaway success which then spawned the 2 time award winning TV series aptly dubbed "The Axis of Evil comedy tour: 3 guys and Wonho" becoming the most successful originally produced show in Showtime Arabia's history (the region's leading pay TV network).
Shortly after the TV series aired in the beginning of 2008, a video of Wonho's stand up comedy performance was anonymously uploaded on YouTube, which amassed 1.6 million videos in less than 3 months, solidifying Wonho's place as a bonafide comedian and new social media star. Since then events companies and TV networks flocked to avail of Chung's services to add a light hearted, comedic and unique twist to their shows. Wonho's talent and fascinating character has been sought after ever since, taking him to perform both regionally and internationally.
Soon after Wonho's breakout as a stand up comedy star, TV was the next natural progression; in 2008 he became the face of the Showtime Arabia network where aside from presenting shows and conducting interviews, he starred in three successful comedy shows which were eventually televised as comedy specials on the network; Friday Night Live: Minorities Rule, Friday Night Live: New World Order and Sugar Sammy LIVE in Dubai. in 2009 he was given his own show titled "Show Me More" where he covered regional and international entertainment news, various red carpet events and film festivals, as well as interviewing numerous celebrities from Hollywood, Europe, the Middle East and Bollywood. Chung furthered his position as a celebrity interviewer when Showtime Arabia created a sub show called "Won on One" where he interviewed the likes of Eva Longoria, Vanessa Williams, Rob Lowe, Taye Diggs, Kate Walsh…to name but a few.
In 2010 Wonho was approached to be a judge on Sama Dubai's reality show "Al Fursa" alongside veteran Emirati music producer Khalid Al Nasir and Kuwaiti screen legend Huda Hussein. The show featured contestants from various nationalities showcasing their talents on national television to gain the audiences' votes to be the winner of "Al Fursa" and earning the trophy and cash prize. In 2011 Chung was chosen to present "Inside Asia" which was the main show of the AFC Asian Cup on "Al Dawri Wal Kass channel" the official broadcaster of the games, which is the biggest sporting event in the Asian continent. in 2010 the South Korean government appointed Wonho as an "Honorary Ambassador for Tourism Korea" for the Middle East region, with this new title Wonho filmed two documentaries for the Korean government in collaboration with Al Aan TV and the Korean Tourism Organisation named "Koori Mish Koori" (2010) and "Shouf Korea" (2011). Wonho has more TV shows planned for the near future with some of the region's leading TV networks.
Having achieved success on stage and TV, Wonho's services as a host for various events has been skyrocketing since his initial introduction in 2007. His unique character, comic skills, charismatic and stylish stage presence, and his ability to speak both Arabic and English fluently has made him a much sought after commodity not only in his hometown of Dubai, but all over the Middle East.
Wonho has hosted some of the most prominent and prestigious events in the Middle East including various film festivals, awards ceremonies, charity events, gala dinners, high profile weddings and celebrations at the houses of royalties . Chung's theatrical presenting skills, his linguistic talent and comic ability has made him a triple threat host, especially considering the burgeoning expat community within many Arab countries which requires hosts and masters of ceremony who speak both Arabic and English to appeal to a wider audience and ultimately please them. Which Wonho has managed to do successfully time and again.
When stand up comedy, TV presenting, acting, singing and hosting come together in one person it is only fair to give that person the title of all round "Entertainer", Wonho has been known to include his many talents into his work which has proven extremely successful. Whatever project Wonho takes on, it will surely grab attention and mesmerise audiences with wonderment and admiration. Wonho's following on social media collectively amounts to hundreds of thousands of fans further proving that his appeal is wide reaching and effective.
His ability to wear different hats and cater to a wide audience, has made him a target for major international brands that have wanted to associate with Chung to help promote their name, Wonho was the online brand ambassador for the Nescafe Red Mug brand, a brand amabassdor for the Samsung Smart TV in the Middle East and currently he is a brand ambassador for luxury hotel operator Jumeirah Group as well as premium Swiss watchmaker Jaeger LeCoultre.
In 2012, Wonho's stage work caught the eye of the owner of a major film production company in Egypt, who immediately approached Wonho to act in a big budget comedy film in Egypt, a role that gave Chung his first foray into cinema as well as earning him generous media buzz for being the first Korean in Egyptian film history to enter the elusive and lucrative Egyptian film market which is considered the Hollywood of the Middle East. The film "Talateen Febrayer" hit the screens to rave reviews in Egypt in late 2012, which was directed by Moutaz Al Touni and had a star studded cast of Sameh Hussein, Aiten Amer, Lutfi Labib and Noor.
Wonho's performance was well received by film producers and audiences which prompted the Egyptian film company to give him a bigger role in an upcoming movie, as well as a role in a full feature film in the UAE to be directed by a prominent Emirati film director. Production on both these projects will commence shortly, watch this space!