Park Myeong-su

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Park Myung-soo
Park Myeong-su from Acrofan.jpg
Born (1970-09-27) September 27, 1970 (age 44)
Gunsan, South Korea
Medium Stand-up, Television, Singer, Composer, Philanthropist
Nationality South Korean
Years active 1993 to present
Genres Comedy
Influences Yoo Jae-suk, Kang Ho-dong
Influenced Jung Hyung-don, Noh Hong-chul, Jeong Jun-ha, Gil, Shin Bong-sun
Spouse Han Su-min, Dermatologist
Notable works and roles Member of Infinite Challenge
Singer of Prince of the Sea
Host of Happy Together
Korean name
Hangul 박명수
Revised Romanization Bak Myeongsu
McCune–Reischauer Pak Myŏngsu

Park Myung-soo (a.k.a. Great Park, born September 27, 1970) is a Korean comedian, MC, singer, and songwriter who debuted on television in 1993, appearing on the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation Network. He is in the top-rated comic variety programme Infinite Challenge and on the Date at 2 O'Clock radio show. He has released several music singles, including "Prince of the Sea", which was covered by LPG in 2007.

Personal life[edit]

On April 8, 2008, Park Myung-soo married his long-time girlfriend, 31-year-old dermatologist Han Su-min. This was the first time a member of Infinite Challenge has married since the show's inception. Their first child, Park Min-seo, was born in August 2008.[1] As of December 2009, with the joint co-operation of its enterprise company, he began serving as a CEO of a business called "Mohani" (모하니), which will sell wigs in shopping malls.[2]

Infinite Challenge[edit]


On Infinite Challenge, Park Myung-soo is being "the second-in-command" (2인자), putting him below the host-in-chief Yoo Jae-suk, that called as "the first-in-command" (1인자). He also called as "Rice Insect" (벼멸구), a rival nickname for Yoo Jae-suk's famous "Grasshopper". Myung-soo's jokes about how he will overthrow Yoo Jae-suk as leader and being "the first-in-command" himself was the early running gag on the program. He is also known as "Big Star" (거성/巨星 Geoseong), so called for his rise to stardom.

Another nickname is "Chicken CEO," in reference to the Kyochon chicken shop which he formerly operated (he is currently a Seoul metropolitan manager of Imsil Cheese Pizza restaurant).

In October 2007, Park Myung-soo acquired another nickname, "worthless elder (brother)" (하찮은 형)[3] after co-host Noh Hong-chul referred to him as a "worthless person with a worthless body" (하찮은 박명수님, 하찮은 몸) in comparison to world-class Figure skater Kim Yuna. Another related nickname is "Father" (아버지) since he is the oldest among another Infinite Challenge members and due to his weak stamina and his slowly balding forehead.

Park Myung-soo is famous for his "scolding" repertoire (호통개그), for shouting phrases, that made him usually called as "the Son of Devil" (악마의 아들) or "Old Devil", as in Infinite Challenge "Money Bag" special after co-host Noh Hong-chul being nicknamed as "Young Devil"

He is also known for arguing and quarreling over petty issues with co-host Jeong Jun-ha. Park Myung-soo's hot-tempered character is highly opposite with Jeong Jun-ha's tactless, simple-minded character that occasionally made the former lose his patience. The unique relationship between Jun-ha and Myung-soo have become an occasional segment called "Ha & Soo". "Ha & Soo" also can be called as "Peter & Jonathan" with Myung-soo as "Peter" and Jun-ha as "Jonathan". Another similar nickname is "Red Pepper" (고춧가루) after Jeong Jun-ha joked about him and Myeong-su just being a seasoning ("red pepper and black pepper") for Yoo Jae-suk that being central of the program ("main menu") during Infinite Challenge "Face-Off" episode (S04E317). The two have also won the "Best Couple" award at the 2011 MBC Entertainment Awards, making them the first male-male couple to have ever won the title.[4]

Being an avid electronic music fan, Park Myungsoo, under the pseudonym "Bangbaedong Wildcat", composed a total of six songs in varied genres, including electronic, medium-tempo dance and mystic melodies, for being showcased being fellow co-hosts of the program during Infinite Challenge "Park Myung-soo's How About It" special.[5] Upon the broadcast, his tracks appeared on the real-time music charts for Mnet, Bugs, Naver Music, and Melon, and surprisingly pushed out Girls' Generation's newly released "I Got a Boy" track from the first place on the chart for a while.[6] Since January 2013, he has been listed as an official composer by the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) under his "Bangbaedong Wildcat" name.[7]

Park Myung Soo won his first Daesang, the award given to the entertainer of the year, at the 2012 MBC Entertainment Awards after 20 years of his career as an entertainer.[8][9]


Thanks to his current work as the co-host of Infinite Challenge, Park Myung-soo gained more than 200 nicknames throughout his appearances on the program as listed by the netizens.[10]

  • Giant Star/Geo-seong (거성)[11]
  • Worthless older brother (하찮은 형)
  • The Second-in-command (2인자)
  • Minseo's Daddy (민서 아빠)
  • Chicken CEO
  • Prince of Sea
  • The Son of Devil (악마의 아들)
  • Rice insect (벼멸구)
  • Peter (피터)
  • Vice-Head of Section Park (박차장)
  • One head, Two smell (한 머리 둘 냄새)

Television and Radio appearances[edit]

Current programmes[edit]

Former programmes[edit]

  • MBC's Come to Play (놀러와): Joint Panel
  • MBC FM4U Radio's Park Myeong-su's Fun Fun Radio (박명수의 펀펀라디오): Host
  • SBS's X-man: Joint Panel
  • OBS Gyeongin Television's A CEO that met by Park Myeong-su(박명수가 만난 CEO): Host
  • MBC's Jippijiggi Co-host since November 2007, ended April 2008
  • MBC's Sunday Sunday Night - "Dong-an Club" (일요일일요일밤에 - 동안클럽 Medical Quiz bshow): Co-Host from 2006 to 2008
  • MBC's Brain Battle (브레인 베틀, Knowledge Quiz show): Co-Host (2008)
  • MBC's Sunday Sunday Night - "We Got Married" (일요일일요일밤에 - 우리 결혼했어요): Co-Host (2008)
  • KBS's Economy Vitamin (경제비타민, Economy knowledge show): Joint Panel (2008)
  • MBC's Sunday Sunday Night - Hot Brothers (일요일 일요일 밤에 - 뜨거운형제들) Host-in-chief (Since its pilot edition debuted on March 2010)
  • KBS's Oh My School/100 points out of 100 (오 마이 스쿨 / 백점만점, Variety Show) Host
  • MBC's Quiz Show Q (최강연승 퀴즈쇼 Q): Co-host (August–December 2012) [12][13]
  • KBS's Brave Family (용감한 가족) : Roled as Uncle


Year Awards show Category Result
1993 MBC Gag Contest Special Award Won
2005 5th MBC Entertaiment Award Popular Actor of Show Variety Won
2006 18th Korea Broadcasting Producers Comedian Award Won
6th MBC Entertaiment Award Best Actor of Show Variety Won
2007 7th MBC Entertaiment Award The Grand Prize (as Team, Infinity Challenge) Won
Special Division woojeongsang Won
Bizarre special category Awards, Momgaegeu Award Won
2008 44th Baek Sang Arts Awards TV Entertainment Award ( Happy Together Season 3 ) Won
89th National Athletics Competition Aerobics enthusiasts general portion 6 Artificial second place
( Infinity Challenge members and co-won)
8th MBC Entertaiment Award Best Program Award (Infinity Challenge) Won
2009 Melon Music Awards Specialty albums - Naengmyun (냉면) Won
9th MBC Entertaiment Award PD Award ( Infinity Challenge members and co-won) Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence radio sector / Good (MC) of Radio Won
2010 4th 20's Choice 20's Most Influential Star Won
A 5th Annual Awards Best Black collar worker Won
KBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award Won
Best Teamwork Award Won
10th MBC Entertaiment Award Best humiliation Award Won
Variety Top Excellence Award For Males Won
2011 11th MBC Entertaiment Award Best Couple Award (with Jeong Jun-ha) Won
The 53rd Annual National Rowing Championships 2000m Novice Inn (Special Award)
( Infinity Challenge members and co-won)
2012 12th MBC Entertaiment Award Daesang Grand Prize Entertainer of the Year Won
2013 13th MBC Entertaiment Award Most Popular Program ( Infinity Challenge members and co-won) Won
2014 14th MBC Entertaiment Award This year's entertainment program on viewers Choice
(Infinity Challenge members and co-won)


  • "Change" (September 1999)
  • "Dr. Park" (August 2000)
  • "Son of the Wind" (바람의 아들) (August 2002)
  • "Tal-la-la" (탈랄라) (June 2005)
  • "Naengmyun" (냉면) - Duet with Girls' Generation's Jessica (July 2009)
  • "Fyah!" Duet with Gil Seong-jun April 2010
  • "Whale" (고래) - Duet with Kara's Nicole (July 2010)
  • "I Cheated" - as Great Park, Duet with Big Bang's G-Dragon (July 2011)
  • "You're My Girl" (June 2013)
  • "I got C" - Geumary (Park Myung Soo - Primary) feat. Gaeko (November 2013)
  • "Tteokbokki"- writer and composer (July 2014)[14]
  • "Don't Go" (Park Myung Soo & DJ Charles feat. Kim Shin Young) - writer and composer (December 2014)
  • "Goodbye PMS" - Duet with After School's Lizzy (February 2015)


  1. ^ Coolsmurf (August 10, 2008). "Park Myung Soo Becomes a Father Ahead of Schedule". Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Park Myeong-su, at wig brands 'huh' launch, "said I worry Hair"". December 16, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Park Myeong-su, the importance of knowing the story". October 27, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Park Myeong-su-Jung Junha, MBC Entertainment Awards - Best Couple Award". December 30, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "MBC′s ′Infinity Challenge′ Invites Viewers to Concert with Park Myung Soo-Composed Songs". 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  6. ^ "Park Myung Soo Pushes SNSD and Baek Ji Young Out of First Place on Music Charts". 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  7. ^ "Park Myung Soo is Listed as an Official Composer". 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  8. ^ "Yoo Jae Suk Says Goodbye to ′Come to Play′ at the ′MBC Entertainment Awards′". 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  9. ^ "Park Myung Soo Wins Grand Prize at 2012 MBC Entertainment Awards". 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  10. ^ 무한도전 별명 정리 "박명수 별명 무려 294개…대박" (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  11. ^ The Rank of Korean Celebrities after starting Military service(Korean), Segye Ilbo, Retrieved on May 4, 2007
  12. ^ IU and Park Myung Soo become the hosts of new quiz show. allkpop. August 13, 2012. Retrieved on January 10, 2013.
  13. ^ "IU’S Winning Series Quiz Show Q Finalized To Be Scrapped With 28th Episode as Last". 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  14. ^

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kim Sung Min[disambiguation needed]
Kim Tae Won
Lee Ha Neul
KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Entertainer
Succeeded by