Haha (entertainer)

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HaHa, Running Man Bros US Tour 2014, Dallas, December 14.jpg
Haha on stage, Running Man Bros' US Tour, Dallas, December 14, 2014
Born Ha Dong-hoon (하동훈)
(1979-08-20) August 20, 1979 (age 38)
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany[1][2]
Spouse(s) Byul (m. 2012)
Children Ha Dream, Ha Soul
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active

2001 (2001)–2008(military)

2010 (2010)-present
Labels Quan Entertainment
Bigfoot Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Ha Dong-hun
Stage name
Hangul 하하
Revised Romanization Haha
McCune–Reischauer Ha-ha

Ha Dong-hoon (Hangul하동훈; born on August 20, 1979), better known by his stage name Haha (Hangul하하), is a South Korean singer and variety show host. 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[edit]

2000–2008: Debut and rising popularity[edit]

Haha was born on August 20, 1979 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, 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 (Hangul하쥬리) 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.[citation needed]

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[edit]

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 in 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 for his work on Running Man. He also performed his single, "Rosa" during the award ceremony.[14]

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 "돈암동 멜로디"[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[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.[32] The couple welcomed their first child, Dream, on July 9, 2013.[33] Their second son, Soul, 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 host[edit]

Current programs[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2005–present Infinite Challenge Co-host MBC December 2005 – March 2008
March 2010–present
2010–present Running Man Co-host SBS Episode 1–present
2017–present Secret Variety Training Institute Co-host MBC Pilot variety, Alongside Noh Hong-chul

Former programs[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2002–03 What's up YO! Co-host Mnet Alongside MC Mong
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

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2002–03 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

Music videos[edit]

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)"



Title Album details Peak position
The Beautiful Rhyme Diary[8] N/A
Quan Ninomarley A.K.A. Haha Reggae Wave[36] 19
Acoustic Tuning Time[37]
  • Released: March 22, 2012
"N/A" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Single Peak position Album
2005 "Play"[38] N/A
The Beautiful Rhyme Diary
2005 "Love Song"[8] N/A
2007 "You're My Destiny"[10] 1 non-album single
2008 "It's 7 Years" (with Taw and MC Mong)[39] 25
"That's Right, I Can't Sing"[40] 34
2010 "A Bottle of Liquor" (with Tiger JK)[41] N/A
"You're My Destiny 2"[42] 48
2011 "Rosa"[43] 27
Quan Ninomarley A.K.A. Haha Reggae Wave
"Sae Song"[36] N/A
"N/A" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Infinite Challenge Music Festival[edit]

Year Single Peak position Album
2008 "사랑과 전쟁 (Love and War)" Davichi (Narr. HaHa)"[44] N/A
Vivid Summer Edition Amaranth Repackage
2011 "죽을래 사귈래 (Do You Wanna Die or Date Me)" (with 10cm)[45] 7
West Coast Highway Festival
2012 "너에게 하고 싶은 (Words I Want to Say to You)" Kim Jong-kook feat Haha and Gary[46] 30
Volume 7 – Journey Home
2013 "세븐티 핑거스 - 슈퍼 잡초맨 (Super Weeds Man)" (with Kiha & The Faces)[45] 8
Free Highway Music Festival
2015 "$ponsor" (with Zion.T)[47] 3
Yeongdong Highway Music Festival
2016 "Listen to My Word (A-ing)"
(Oh My Girl featuring Skull & Haha)
Listen to My Word

Collaboration albums & singles[edit]

Title Release details Peak position Track listing
Melon chart
Skull & Haha Ya Man[15][16]
  • Released: July 30, 2012
  • Label: QUAN Entertainment and KMG
  • Artists: Skull & Haha
  1. "YA MAN !!"
  2. "Waikiki Brothers"
  3. "Busan Vacance"
  4. "The Day I Move"
  5. "BIG UP"
  6. "Hennessy 19"
DonAmDong Melody 돈암동 멜로디
  • Released: January 24, 2013
  • Label: QUAN Entertainment
  • Artists: Skull & Haha
  1. "돈암동 멜로디"
  • Released: June 27, 2013
  • Label: QUAN Entertainment
  • Artists: Skull & Haha
  1. "REGGAErilla"
  2. "Ragga Muffin"
Beautiful Girl
  • Released: March 13, 2015
  • Label: QUAN Entertainment, KT Music
  • Artists: Skull & Haha, Kwon Jeong Yeol
  1. "Beautiful Girl (feat. Kwon Jeong Yeol)"
Summer Night OST X Reggae Smash
  • Released: July 31, 2015
  • Label: QUAN Entertainment
  • Artists: Skull & Haha
  1. "여름 밤 OST Summer Night OST"
  2. "Reggae Smash" (feat. 엠타이슨, 킹콩, 뉴올)
Love Inside
  • Released: March 29, 2016
  • Label: QUAN Entertainment
  • Artists: Skull & Haha, Stephen Marley
  1. "Love Inside (with Stephen Marley)"
Don't Laugh 웃지마
  • Released: Jul 2, 2016
  • Label: QUAN Entertainment
  • Artists: Skull & Haha, MC 민지
  1. "웃지마 Don't Laugh (feat. MC 민지)"

Awards and nominations[edit]

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 in Variety Show Nominated


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