Haha (entertainer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Ha.
HaHa, Running Man Bros US Tour 2014, Dallas, December 14.jpg
Haha on stage, Running Man Bros' US Tour, Dallas, December 14, 2014
Background information
Birth name Ha Dong-hoon (하동훈)
Born (1979-08-20) August 20, 1979 (age 35)
Stuttgart, West Germany[1][2]
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, electropop, hip-hop, reggae fusion
Occupation(s) Singer, rapper, dancer, comedian, actor, television presenter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, drums
Years active 2001 (2001)–present
Labels QUAN Entertainment
Bigfoot Entertainment
Associated acts 10cm, Davichi, MC Mong, Tiger JK, Psy, Running Man Brothers Ya Man Tv
Korean name
Revised Romanization Ha Dong-hun
McCune–Reischauer Ha Tong-hun
Stage name
Hangul 하하
Hanja 河河
Revised Romanization Haha
McCune–Reischauer Ha-ha

Ha Dong-hoon (Hangul: 하동훈; born on August 20, 1979), better known by his stage name Haha (Hangul: 하하) is a German-born[1][2] South Korean singer, although he has branched out into different venues of entertainment. He had stints in acting as well as MC duties. Many of the younger generation mistake him for a comedian. This is especially the case for fans outside of South Korea;Many believe him to be a stand-up comedian but he has never been a comedian as in South Korea, comedians have to audition to become a comedian (Gagman). 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 started a show called Ya Man TV on Mnet Broadcasting in 2015. It currently just aired its 7th episode on March 2, 2015.

Life and career[edit]

2000–2008: Debut and rising popularity[edit]

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

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.[5] 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 part of the cast up until 2003 which managed to gain him recognition for his acting and comedy skills.[6] 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, preparing and recording his debut album titled, "The Beautiful Rhyme Diary". The album was released on February 18, 2005 alongside his debut single, "Love Song" but failed to chart or garner much popularity.[7] He eventually guested on X-man in 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.[citation needed]

Also thanks to his rising popularity, Haha added to the cast of MBC's Infinite Challenge by December 2005 as the part of the program's format changes under new 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.[8] 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.[6] In 2007, Haha released his second single, "You're My Destiny" which took a 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 on his Comeback Stage on Music Bank in November.[9] Haha later joined the show, Happy Shares Company as a co-host until February 2008.

2008–present: National service, Running Man, and continued musical career[edit]

In February 2008, Haha temporarily left Infinite Challenge in order to serve his national service for 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.[10] During his service, he collaborated with a new group Davichi in their song "Love and War". After 24 months of serving the military, on March 11, 2010, he was discharged from the military.[11]

Haha at press conference, Running Man Bros' US Tour, Dallas, December 14, 2014

After finishing his military service, Haha returned to the cast of Infinite Challenge following the requests from fellow co-hosts Yoo Jae-suk and Noh Hong-chul.[12] He also made regular guest appearances on Yoo Jae-suk's talk show Come to Play and was the co-host of the Haha-Mong Show with MC Mong up until allegations had sprung up that MC Mong had attempted to evade his military service.[11] 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 for his work on Running Man. He also performed his single, "Rosa" during the award ceremony.[13]

In 2012, he continued with his musical career, collaborating on a mini-album, "Skull & Haha Ya Man",[14][15] with fellow reggae artist Skull, who was previously with Stony Skunk.[16] The two performed one of its tracks, "Busan Vacance"[17] on several TV music shows,[18][19] and Haha performed the song, along with other cast members, during fan meets for the Running Man show.[20] Also, in 2012 he was 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".[21]

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.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

On August 15, 2012, it was announced that he was going to marry South Korean singer Byul. The couple married on November 30, 2012.[24] The couple welcomed their first child on July 9, 2013.[25]



Title Album Details Peak Positions
The Beautiful Rhyme Diary[7]
Quan Ninomarley A.K.A. Haha Reggae Wave[27] 19
Acoustic Tuning Time[28]
  • Released: March 22, 2012
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" denotes that the album still charts but the position is yet not to be mention.

Collaboration albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Tracklisting
Skull & Haha Ya Man[14][15]
  • Released: July 30, 2012
  • Label: QUAN Entertainment and KMG
  • Artists: Skull and Haha
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Single Peak Positions Album
2005 "Play"[29]
The Beautiful Rhyme Diary
2005 "Love Song"[7]
2007 "You're My Destiny"[9] 1
Non-album release
2008 "It's 7 Years" (with Taw and MC Mong)[30] 25
"That's Right, I Can't Sing"[31] 34
2010 "A Bottle of Liquor" (with Tiger JK)[32]
"You're My Destiny 2"[33] 48
2011 "Rosa"[34] 27
Quan Ninomarley A.K.A. Haha Reggae Wave
"Sae Song"[27]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single Peak Positions Album
2008 "사랑과 전쟁 (Love and War)" Davichi (Narr. HaHa)"[35]
Vivid Summer Edition Amaranth Repackage
2012 "너에게 하고 싶은 (Words I Want To Say To You)" Kim Jong-kook feat Haha and Gary[36]
Volume 7 – Journey Home



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


Year Title Role Network Notes
2002–03 What's Up YO! Co-host Mnet Alongside MC Mong
Nonstop HaHa MBC Lead role; Season 3
2005–07 X-Man Himself SBS Frequent guest appearances
2005–08 Infinite Challenge Co-host MBC Joined cast in December 2005 and left in February 2008 to serve his National Service.
2006 Nonstop HaHa MBC Guest role; Season 6
2006–08 Music Bank Host KBS2 Left in February 2008 to serve his National Service.
2007 Yi San Public Official MBC Guest role
2007–08 Happy Shares Company Co-host MBC Left in February 2008 to serve his National Service.
2008 Music Bank Himself KBS2 Performed single, "You're My Destiny"
2010 Haha-Mong Show Co-host SBS Alongside MC Mong
2010–present Infinite Challenge Co-host MBC Returned to cast in March 2010; Currently airing
Running Man Co-host SBS Currently airing
2011 Music Bank Himself KBS2 Performed single, "Rosa"
2012 Haha's 19TV Mutiny Host MBC Currently airing

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2005–present Infinite Challenge Himself MBC December 2005 – March 2008
March 2010 (Incumbent) – present
2010–present Running Man Himself SBS Episode 1 – present
2013 Happy Together Himself KBS2 Guest along with Shin Bora, Kim Jongmin
2014 Happy Together Himself KBS2 Guest along with Sung Si Kyung, Jung Joon Young
2015 Invisible Man Himself KBS Episode 1 – present
2015 Ya Man TV Himself Mnet Episode 1 - present

Music videos[edit]


Year Awards show Category Result
2006 The 4th Korea Fashion World Awards Best Dressed broadcast sector Won
6th MBC Entertainment Awards Distinguished Male Award Won
2007 SBS Entertainment Awards Special Award Won
7th MBC Entertainment Awards Grand Prize Won
Mnet 20s choice Best DJ Award Won
2010 Innovation Awards A fifth category Innovation Awards Won
2011 53rd national championship 2000m adjustment nobiseu Eight Special Special Award (infinite Challenge) Won
SBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award Won
2013 SBS Entertainment Awards Popularity Award (Chosen by the audience) Won
Man's Award Won
2014 14th MBC Entertainment Awards PD Award Won

Music Chart Wins[edit]

Music Bank[edit]

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


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


  1. ^ a b c Running Man, Episodes 50 and 94. Haha mentions that he is from Germany by telling a German foreigner and the Running Man crew, respectively.
  2. ^ a b 출연진 소개 (in Korean). Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ 하하(하동훈) 가수 (in Korean). Naver. December 28, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
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  13. ^ "Winners from the 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards". Allkpop. December 30, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "HaHa admits he 'lived like a crazy person' after breakup". Allkpop. July 31, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Skull & Haha Ya Man !!". Amazon.com. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  16. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (July 4, 2014). "Skull to release first solo reggae album". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "[Music Video] Busan Vacance". CJ E&M MWave. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
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  20. ^ "'Running Man' Cast Gives Fans A Taste Of Variety TV During Fan Meeting In Malaysia". KPOPStarz. November 21, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  21. ^ Ho, Stewart (October 23, 2012). "Kim Jong Kook Releases Preview Tracks Ft. Haha, LeeSsang’s Gary and Mighty Mouth". CJ E&M MNet. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  22. ^ "김종국 & 하하 KIM JONG KOOK & HAHA Runningman Bros' Concert". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  23. ^ CoCo Kdrama (December 2, 2014). "See Kim Jong Kook and Haha live in the U.S. on their Running Man Bros Tour". DramaFever. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  24. ^ "상꼬맹이' 하하, 유부남된다..별과 11월30일 결혼". Star News. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  25. ^ "HaHa and Byul welcome their newborn son into the world!". July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  26. ^ a b c d http://gaonchart.co.kr/
  27. ^ a b "Funny Man HaHa's Upcoming Album + Teaser". Soompi. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Haha". CJ E&M enewsWorld. March 22, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Play". Youtube. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  30. ^ 7년 만이야 (in Korean). Bugs!. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  31. ^ 그래 나 노래 못해 (in Korean). Bugs!. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  32. ^ 술병 (in Korean). Bugs!. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  33. ^ "HaHa releases "You are my Destiny 2"". Allkpop. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Quan Ninomarley A.K.A. Haha Reggae Wave" (in Korean). Bugs!. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  35. ^ "[MV] Davichi(다비치) _ War and love(사랑과 전쟁) (Narr. HaHa(하하))". Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Kim Jong Kook pre-releases songs off his 7th album ft. Haha, Gary, & Mighty Mouth". Allkpop. October 23, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 

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