Jeong Jun-ha

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jeong.
Jeong Jun-ha
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Birth name Jeong Jun Ha
Born (1971-03-18) March 18, 1971 (age 46)
Seoul, South Korea
Medium Stand-up, television
Nationality South Korean
Years active 1995-present
Genres Comedy, Entertainment
Notable works and roles Member of Infinite Challenge
Actor in High Kick!

Jeong Jun-ha (Korean: 정준하, Hanja: 鄭埻夏; born 18 March 1971) is a South Korean comedian and entertainer. His well-known motto is "(Whether they) give love or not, (he) always gives love: Jeong Jun-ha" (정주나 안정주나 늘정주는 정준하).[1]

History[edit]

Just after graduating Gangseo Senior High school, he entered directly to the Korean Entertainment industry, as an official manager of comedian Lee Hwi-jae. His television debut was on the programme "Theme Theatre" of the MBC in 1995, as a cameo of several episodes.

After coping with a depression of his career, he appeared in a segment of the brand-new comedy programme "Comedy House - No-brain Survival"(MBC, 2003~2005). This segment was a parody of segment "Brain Survivor" from Sunday Sunday Night, and his role was a foolish quiz-challenger, including the creation of fad words such as "This is like, killing me twice" (이건 나를 두 번 죽이는 거예요)[2]

In his later career, he has become a top Korean comedian. He has appeared in a wide range of programmes in the entertainment industry. During the winter season of 2006-2007, he was a cast member of The Full Monty (as Dave).[3] He was also participated in several Korean sitcoms and movies, including the top-rated High Kick! (as Lee Jun-ha)[4] and the movie Marrying the Mafia II (as Jong-myeon). He is a captain of the Korean entertainer baseball team "Han" (Hangul: 한 恨, meaning "Incumbent").

Infinite Challenge[edit]

Characters[edit]

With the huge success of "No-brain Survival", he eventually become an official member of top-rating comic variety program Infinite Challenge since March 2006 and as the second eldest member, he is positioned as "the third-in-command" (3인자), putting him below the host-in-chief Yoo Jae-suk and fellow co-host Park Myung-soo. Soon, he re-created his character as "Super-Fatty" (뚱뚱보), in contrast with the former "Fatty" (뚱보) and his long-time colleague on this programme, Jeong Hyeong-don.

On Infinite Challenge, he is noticeable for three things: his tall and big stature, his extraordinary appetite, and his degree of slowness in judgment.

One of the program's running gags is the cast members making fun of his stature, both verbally and physically. He is nicknamed "Daegari" (대가리), the vernacular word for "head", and "the Helmet" (헬멧), due to the extraordinary size (roughly 8 kg) of his head. Although being the strongest among the seven and even showing his enormous strength on some occasions, Jun-ha's timidness makes him an easy target for the other members, especially the ones who younger than him, to use his body for gags. Another nickname for him is "Mount Jun-ha" (준하산), since the member who stands behind him would probably be blocked, and unable to hear what Yoo Jae-suk says. The other members considered the most-left position of the arrangement as the unluckiest one, since Jun-ha standing between that position and Yoo Jae-suk at the center would result in them being unable to see or hear anything. Hyung-don jokingly said "his rights to sunlight was violated" by Jun-ha after staying in that position for about 3 years until Haha temporarily left the program to fulfill his military service and Jun Jin's addition to the team that made the arrangement change in 2008.

He is highly acclaimed not only by the fellow cast members, but also by other Korean celebrities, for his extraordinarily strong appetite which gained him a nickname the "God of Eating" (식신/食神 Shik-sin). Just before becoming an official member, he participated on the episode of Season 1 (S01E21) as a guest challenger. During that episode, he ate a bowl of hot Garak-guksu within 12 seconds (first step was 13 seconds). After a succession of eating within 60 seconds, all of the challengers fully respected him. During the 50th episode of season 4, his mission to eat 50 small dishes of Garak-guksu (within 300 seconds) was accomplished. Outside the program, he participated in a hot dog eating competition at Saipan’s International Food Festival for his own program, Y-Star's God of Eating's Road, and took third place in 2013.[5]

His other famous nickname is the "Stupid (Older) Brother" (바보형) or "Not-so-responsive (Older) Brother" (눈치없는 형). The nickname was given because he was famous for his foolish character in "No-Brain Survival", and also because he was often tactless and clueless. He often brings the mood down by corny jokes or phrases. Ironically, he has the highest IQ among the cast, as revealed in an episode aired on February 28, 2009 (S04E143). He has an aptitude for working with numbers and calculating quickly and correctly, gaining him another nickname in direct contrast with his foolish charisma, "Secretary Jung" (정총무).

He is also known for arguing and quarreling over petty issues with co-host Park Myeong-su. The unique relationship between Jun-ha and Myung-soo have spawned an occasional segment called "Ha & Soo". "Ha & Soo" is also known as "Peter & Jonathan" with Myung-soo as "Peter" and Jun-ha as "Jonathan". Another similar nickname is "Black Pepper" (후춧가루), given to him after he joked about both him and Myeong-su just being seasoning ("red pepper and black pepper") for Yoo Jae-suk who is the centre 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.[6]

"Alcohol CEO" is also his nickname on this programme, a nickname he gained since he operates a Karaoke-pub in Gangnam-gu, Seoul called "Mong" (몽, 夢, means "Dream" in Korean).

Recently, in March 2016, he participated in Show Me the Money 5 - "open hiphop audition TV program". Even though he is not a rapper (but rather a comedian), he participated in the program.

Personal life[edit]

As of September 2010, he operates a Japanese restaurant at Gangnam, which is located near his home. After four years of dating, he finally married his girlfriend, a Korean-Japanese flight attendant, who is ten years his junior and nicknamed by Jun-ha himself and fellow Infinite Challenge members as "Nemo" on May 20, 2012. He also had some leg problems when he runs.[7][8] The couple welcomed their first child, Ryouha, on March 22, 2013.[9][10]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2003 3rd MBC Entertainment Awards Comedy TV Prize Won
Popularity Award Won
2007 Intellectual Property Protection Association beomgukmin ambassador Won
7th MBC Entertainment Awards Daesang ( yisunjae, Infinite Challenge team and co-won) Won
2009 9th MBC Entertainment Awards Best Male Variety Daesang Won
PD Award ( Infinite Challenge team and co-won) Won
2010 11th Korean National Assembly Award Award For Best TV Programme of the Year
(TEO PD with entire directing members of Infinite Challenge)
Won
22nd Korean Producers Grandprix Award For Best TV Entertainment Programme
(Co winner, with entire directing members of Infinite Challenge)
Won
2011 11th MBC Entertainment Awards "Best Couple" Awards with Park Myeong-su Won
2014 14th MBC Entertainment Awards High Excellence Award Won
2016 16th MBC Entertainment Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Nominated
Top Male Excellence Award in Variety Show Won

Television appearances[edit]

Music video

  • PSY Gentleman(젠틀맨) (2013)
Recent programmes
Former programmes

Movie[edit]

  • Honor of Family, 2011 (Jong Mun)
  • Everybody has little secret, 2004 (Heo Ji Neun)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeong Jun-ha hopes to become a producer(Korean), Starnews, Retrieved on March 19, 2007
  2. ^ Not-looks-foolish comedian Jeong Jun-ha(Korean), Kyonghang Shinmun, Retrieved on December 13, 2003
  3. ^ Yoo Jun-sang returns to musical stage, The Korea Herald, Retrieved on January 8, 2007
  4. ^ Jeong Jun-ha crosses straightly(Korean), The Hankyoreh, Retrieved on January 8, 2007
  5. ^ "Jung Joon Ha Takes Third Place at Hot Dog Eating Contest in Saipan". 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  6. ^ "Park Myeong-su-Jung Junha, MBC Entertainment Awards - Best Couple Award". sports.chosun.com. December 30, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jung Jun-ha marries flight attendant". 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  8. ^ "Comedian, Jung Jun Ha to get married on May 20th". 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  9. ^ Park So-Young (2013-04-06). "'무도' 멤버들, 정준하Jr 탄생 격한 축하 "머리 겁나 커"". Sportssoul.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  10. ^ "Jung Joon Ha Becomes the Father of a Son". 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 

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