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Haha Entertainer

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Haha at the Busan Sea Festival, August 2018
Born Ha Dong-hoon ()
(1979-08-20) August 20, 1979 (age 39)
Stuttgart, Baden-Wrttemberg, West Germany[1][2]
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Byul (m. 2012)


Musical career
Instruments Vocals

2001 (2001)-2008(military)

2010 (2010)-present
Labels Quan Entertainment
Bigfoot Entertainment

Ha Dong-hoon (Hangul; born on August 20, 1979), better known by his stage name Haha (Hangul), is a South Korea singer, variety show host and member of RPR. He is best known for being in the sitcom, Nonstop and for co-hosting two popular variety programs, MBC's Infinite Challenge and SBS's Running Man. He has also hosted his own show, titled "Ya Man TV" on Mnet in 2015.

Life and career

2000-2008: Debut and rising popularity

Haha was born on August 20, 1979 in Stuttgart, Baden-Wrttemberg, West Germany and moved to Seoul, South Korea when he was an infant.[1] His parents are both Korean, with his mother holding a doctorate in psychology, and he has an older sister, Ha Juri (Hangul) who is a pianist, also with a doctorate.[3] Haha graduated from Daejin University, where he had obtained a master's degree in Drama and Fine Arts.[4] He later became a trainee for Seoul Records and debuted as a singer and rapper in 2001 with boy band, Z-kiri. Despite excessive promotion, Z-kiri failed to get popular and was quickly disbanded.[5]

In 2002, Haha became a co-host for the show, What's Up YO! alongside MC Mong and Jerome To. The three later became known as the "What's Up Trio" because of their strong friendship on-screen.[6] Haha later joined the main cast of the third season of Nonstop, a sitcom about a group of college students and their friends and family. He remained a part of the cast up until 2003 which managed to gain him recognition for his acting and comedy skills.[7] Haha later became the producer and presenter for his own radio show with MC Mong, known as Haha and Mong's Journey in 2004 for SBS Power FM.

After leaving Nonstop, Haha spent two years alongside singer Taw, to prepare and record his debut album titled, "The Beautiful Rhyme Diary". The album was released on February 18, 2005 alongside his debut single, "Love Song" but it failed to chart or garner popularity.[8] He eventually guested on X-man on May 22, 2005 and became popular for his imitations of close friend, Kim Jong-kook. His sudden popularity spike allowed him to become a regular guest for X-man, arguably the biggest variety show of that time.[]

Thanks to his rising popularity, Haha was added to the cast of MBC's Infinite Challenge by December 2005 as the part of the program's format changes under new the PD of the program, Kim Tae-ho. By the time Season 3 aired in 2006, the concept and format of "variety & reality program" became very popular, and Infinite Challenge became the forerunner of many programs that followed with the same or similar format. Since December 2, 2006, the program has received the highest ratings of prime-time lineups for Saturday evening.[9] In his final episode before entering the service, Haha performed at a guerilla concert at Yeouido Park that was secretly organized by his fellow co-hosts.

He also returned as a guest for the sixth and final season of Nonstop in 2006.[7] In 2007, Haha released his second single, "You're My Destiny" which took samples from the song "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King. The single managed to reach number one on the Gaon Chart and he performed it on his Comeback Stage on Music Bank in November.[10] Haha later joined the show, Happy Shares Company as a co-host until February 2008.

2008-present: Military service, Running Man, and career in music

In February 2008, Haha temporarily left Infinite Challenge in order to serve his national service in the army. Previous reports had stated that he had been attempting to evade his military service. However, these reports were confirmed to be false and Haha's service had only been postponed.[11] During his service, he collaborated with a new group Davichi for their song "Love and War". After 24 months of serving the military, on March 11, 2010, he was discharged.[12]

Haha at press conference, Running Man Brothers' US Tour (Dallas, December 14, 2014)

After finishing his military service, Haha returned as a cast of Infinite Challenge following requests from his fellow co-hosts, Yoo Jae-suk and Noh Hong-chul.[13] He also made regular guest appearances on Yoo Jae-suk's talk show Come to Play and was also the co-host of the Haha-Mong Show with MC Mong up until allegations sprung up that MC Mong had attempted to evade his military service.[12] Since 2010, Haha is one of the co-hosts for SBS variety show, Running Man. On December 30, 2011, Haha received the award for "Best Entertainer" during the 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards[14] for his work on ''Running Man''. He also performed his single, "Rosa" during the award ceremony. He also performed his single, "Rosa" during the award ceremony.

In 2012, he continued his musical career by collaborating on a mini-album, "Skull & Haha Ya Man",[15][16] with fellow reggae artist Skull, who was previously with Stony Skunk.[17] The two performed one of its tracks, "Busan Vacance"[18] on several TV music shows,[19][20] and Haha performed the song along with other cast members during fan meets for the Running Man show.[21] In 2012 he was also featured along with Gary, on their fellow Running Man cast member Kim Jong-kook's comeback album, "Volume 7 - Journey Home" in the song "Words I Want to Say to You".[22]

In 2013, Haha collaborated with Skull once again, on a single titled " "[23] as well as an EP titled "REGGAErilla".[24] Also, Haha and his wife welcomed their first son, Ha Dream, on the 9th of July on that year.[25]

In 2014, he and Kim Jong-kook formed a musical duo, Running Man Brothers, and visited the United States for a concert tour, in July and December.[26][27]

In 2016, Haha collaborated with Skull on a single titled "Love Inside", featuring Stephen Marley.[28] The song ranked in the top ten of a Jamaican video chart when it was released.[29] He has 2 new variety shows: Talking Road and Rebound.[30] In addition, he will be hosting alongside Jung Joon Ha for a new high school rap battle show, to be aired on Mnet in 2017.[31]

Personal life

On August 15, 2012, it was announced that he was going to marry South Korean singer Byul. The couple married on November 30, 2012.[32] The couple welcomed their first child, Dream, on July 9, 2013.[33] Their second son, Soul, was born on March 22, 2017.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Love in Magic Park Dong-sun Supporting role
2006 My Boss, My Teacher Jin Soo Supporting role
Who Slept with Her? Ahn Myeong-seop Lead role
Holy Daddy Ha Dong-hoon Lead role; Credited as Ha Dong-hoon
2007 The Friends Halibut Supporting role
Happily N'Ever After Mambo Lead role; Korean dub voice-over
2015 MBC Chuseok Movie Special : Begin Again Dan Mulligan Lead role; Korean dub voice-over
2016 Life Risking Romance Cameo

Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2018 Lovely Horribly Ha Dong-hoon KBS2 Cameo

Television host

Current programs

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010-present Running Man Co-host SBS Episode 1-present
2017-present Big Picture Co-host Naver Corporation Season 1-present, Alongside Kim Jong Kook
2018-present How Are You.MOV Co-host JTBC Episode 1-present, Alongside Yoo Se-yoon

Former programs

Year Title Role Network Notes
2002-03 What's up YO! Co-host Mnet Alongside MC Mong
2005-18 Infinite Challenge Co-host MBC
2006-08 Music Bank Host KBS2 Left in February 2008 to serve his national service
2007-08 Happy Shares Company Co-host KBS2 Left in February 2008 to serve his national service
2010 HahaMong Show Co-host SBS Alongside MC Mong
2012-13 Haha's 19TV Mutiny Host MBC Ended in April 2013
2012-13 Porridge Making Woman, Undying Man Co-host QTV Alongside Kim Ok-jung (Haha's Mother); ended in April 2013
2015 Invisible Man Himself KBS Episode 1-12
2015 Ya Man TV Host Mnet Episode 1-24
2015 Law of the Jungle Member SBS Episode 175-177 Brunei Hidden Kingdom Special
2016-17 Talk Road Co-host JTBC Also known as "Talking Road" or "As I Say"; Alongside You Hee-yeol; Episode 1-24; Season 1 ended in March 2017
2017 High School Rapper Co-host Mnet Alongside Jeong Jun-ha, Episode 1-8
2017 Secret Variety Training Institute Co-host MBC Episode 1 (Pilot variety); Alongside Noh Hong-chul
2017-18 Everybody is Dating Except Me Co-host SBS Plus Episode 1-12
2018 Royale Adventure Member Clash Royale Korea Youtube Episode 1-11

Television appearances

Year Title Role Network Notes
Nonstop Himself MBC Lead role; Season 3
2005-07 X-Man Himself SBS Frequent guest appearances
2006 Nonstop Himself MBC Guest role; Season 6
2007 Yi San Public Official MBC Guest role (together with other Infinite Challenge cast members)
2008 Music Bank Himself KBS2 Performed single, "You're My Destiny"
2010 Win Win Himself KBS Episode 109 Guest
Happy Together Himself KBS2 Episode 148 guest along with Kim Tae-won, Yoon Hyung-bin, Jeong Hyeong-don & Defconn
2011 Music Bank Himself KBS2 Performed single, "Rosa"
Happy Together Himself KBS2 Episode 214 guest along with Boom, Kim Hyun-chul, Jang Yoon-ju & Go Young-wook
2012 Weekly Idol Himself MBC Episode 37 and 38
Happy Together Himself KBS2 Episode 244 guest along with Ji Suk-jin, Jang Na-ra, Kim Min-seo, Taw & Kim Soo-Yong
Hello Counselor Himself KBS World Episode 67 with Yoon Jong-shin, Jo Jung-chi & Taw
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Himself KBS2 Episode 138
Weekly Idol Himself MBC Episode 55 with Skull
Go Show Himself SBS Episode 4 and 5
Happy Together Himself KBS2 Episode 270 guest along with Park Soo-hong, Suzy & Song Eun-yi
Hello Counselor Himself KBS World Episode 87 with Skull & Han Sunhwa
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Himself KBS2 Episode 145
Star Life Theatre Himself KBS Aired from 16 April to 20 April
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Himself KBS2 Episode 156
2013 Happy Together Himself KBS2 Episode 311 guest along with Shin Bora, Kim Jong-min
The Genius (TV series) Himself tvN Season 1 Episode 5 Lee Sang-Min's partner
Moonlight Prince Himself KBS2 Episode 4 guest along with Wu Jiwon, Moon Heejun, Jung Yonghwa
Happy Together Himself KBS2 Episode 331 guest along with Sung Si-kyung, Jung Joon-young & Mino
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Himself KBS2 Episode 193
2014 Happy Together Himself KBS2 Guest along with Sung Si-kyung, Jung Joon-young
Abnormal Summit Himself JTBC Episode 5 guest along with Skull
2015 The Girl Who Sees Smells Himself SBS Cameo with Running Man members
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Himself KBS2 Performed single, "Summer Night OST" with Skull
Healing Camp Himself SBS Episode 175, guest along with Byul
2016 Same Bed, Different Dreams Himself SBS Episode 37 special guest
Hurry Up, Brother Himself ZRTG Season 4 Episode 44 along with Running Man Cast
Battle Trip Himself KBS2 Episode 5-6, contestant along with Hyun Joo-yup and Kim Seung-Hyun
Two Yoo Project Sugar Man Himself JTBC Episode 25 guest along with Minah (Girl's Day), Skull
XTM Rebound Himself TVing Regular player, formed a team with Kim Seung-Hyun
2017 Happy Together Himself KBS2 Episode 485 guest along with Choi Min-yong, Zizo, Jung Myung-hoon and Kim Joon-ho
Human Documentary People is Good Himself MBC Aired on 8 January 2017
I Can See Your Voice 4 Himself Mnet Episode 2 guest along with Skull
Radio Star Himself MBC Episode 529 guest along with Park So-hyun, Kim Joon-ho, Kim Jong-min
Temporary Idols Lee Chan-Hyuk SBS, Netflix Cameo as Lee Chan-Hyuk of Akdong Musician
2018 Mom's Diary: My Ugly Duckling Himself SBS Episode 74 guest along with Kim Ok-jung (Haha's Mother), Episodes 91-92
One Night Food Trip 2018 Himself Olive Episode 13-17 guest along with Lee Dong-jun, Lee Seung-jun
Let's Eat Dinner Together Himself JTBC Episode 86 guest along with Yoo Byung-jae
Knowing Bros Himself JTBC Episode 133 guest along with Noh Sa-yeon
Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny Himself SBS Episode 52-53 special MC
Kim Je Dong's Talk To You 2 Himself JTBC Episode 8 guest along with Skull
Wednesday Food Talk Himself tvN Episode 176 guest along with Skull
Video Star Himself MBC Episode 105 guest along with Byul, Zico and Skull
My Brain-fficial () Himself History Korea Episode 5 as guest[35]
Lovely Horribly Eul-Soon's ex-boyfriend KBS2 Cameo[36]
Happy Together Himself KBS2 Episode 558 guest along with Skull, Kang Yu-mi, Park Sung-kwang, Yoo-A (Oh My Girl)
I Live Alone Himeslf MBC Episode 270 guest[37]
Life Bar Himself tvN Episode 89 guest[38]
Carefree Travelers Season 2 Himself JTBC Episode 1 guest along with Kwak Yoon-gy and Go Eun-sung[39]

Music videos

Music chart wins

Music Bank

Year Date Song
2008 January 18 " (You Are My Destiny)"


Year Date Song
2008 January 27 " (You Are My Destiny)"


Studio albums

Title Album details
The Beautiful Rhyme Diary

Collaborative albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Acoustic Tuning Time
with Taw
35 N/A
  • Released: July 10, 2012
  • Label: Sunflower Republic, KT Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Quan Ninomarley A.K.A HaHa Reggae Wave 19 N/A

Charted singles

Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
"Hangover" ()
feat. Tiger JK
2010 13 N/A Non-album singles
"You Are My Destiny 2" ( ? 2) 23
"How Are You Fine Thank You!!" ( !!)
feat. Skull
2011 34 Quan Ninomarley A.K.A HaHa Reggae Wave
"Rosa" 47
"Pat Pat" (?)
feat. Sohyang
2012 34 non-album single
"Love" ()
with Taw feat. Gary, Kim Greem
14 Acoustic Tuning Time
"The Person By My Side" (? )
with Taw feat. Ha Dong-kyun
"Acacia" (?)
with Taw feat. Sosung
"Brilliant Is..."
with Skull, Geeks, Zico, Mad Clown, Swings, Double K, Zizo, Soul Dive, Heo Kyung-hwan, Kim Ji-min feat. Gill, Jungin
2013 75 N/A non-album single
"White" ()
with Oh My Girl feat. M.Tyson
2016 -- 1Love Winter
"What Sub?"
with Haha, Ice Puff, H2adin
2017 -- N/A non-album single
"--" denotes releases that did not chart.


  • 2002: 700-5425
  • 2003: OTTOGI CORPORATION 3Minute
  • 2003: Binggrae
  • 2007: Lotte Card CO., LTD.
  • 2008: TriGem Computer Inc.
  • 2010: Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd.
  • 2012: SKY
  • 2013: Coca-Cola
  • 2013: BRINICLE
  • 2014: Coca-Cola

Awards and nominations

Year Awards show Category Result
2006 The 4th Korea Fashion World Awards Best Dressed (Broadcast Sector) Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Distinguished Male Award Won
Excellence Award (Variety) Won
2007 SBS Entertainment Awards Special Award Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Grand Prize Won
Mnet 20s Choice Best DJ Award Won
2010 Innovation Awards Fifth Category Innovation Award Won
2011 53rd National Championship 2000m Adjustment Nobiseu Eight Special Special Award (Infinite Challenge) Won
SBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award Won
2012 Mnet Asian Music Award Best Collaboration Performance Nominated
2013 SBS Entertainment Awards Popularity Award (Chosen by the audience) Won
Excellence Award Won
2014 MBC Entertainment Awards PD Award Won
2015 High Excellence Award (Variety) Won
Achievement Award (Infinite Challenge cast) Won
2016 SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award (Variety) Nominated
2017 Excellence Award (Variety) Nominated


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