HaHa was born in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany to two Korean parents. His family moved to Seoul after he was born.
HaHa’s mother holds a doctorate in psychology, while his older sister, Ha Juri, a pianist, holds a doctorate degree.
HaHa went to Daejin University and graduated with a master’s degree in Drama and Fine Arts. After college, he became a trainee for Seoul Records.
HaHa debuted as a singer and rapper with Z-kiri in 2001, a boy band which failed to become popular despite heavy promotions. The group quickly disbanded and the members went separate ways.
HaHa, for his part, ventured into hosting and joined MC Mong and Jerome To as hosts for the show What’s Up YO! in 2002. Because of their great camaraderie on-screen, the threesome became known as the “What’s Up Trio”.
In the same year, he also became part of the main cast of Nonstop’s third season. He stayed on the show until 2003 and gained recognition for his skills in acting and comedy.
In 2004, HaHa started doing radio and later became both the producer and presenter for his own show, HaHa and Mong’s Journey on SBS Power FM where he was joined by former co-host MC Mong.
HaHa’s initial foray into films was with a supporting role in movie Love in Magic starring Park Jin Hee and Yeon Jung Hoon. But hispopularity first went on the rise in 2005 when he appeared as a guest on the May 22 broadcast of now-defunct variety show X-Man.
He drew the attention of viewers because of his imitations of a close friend and singer Kim Jong Kook.
He was so well-received on the show that he became a regular guest, a huge feat given that X-Man was, arguably, the biggest variety show on Korean television at the time.
2006 was a year of more movies for the entertainer. He had another supporting role in the movie My Boss, My Teacher, a sequel to the 2001 film My Boss, My Hero, starring Jung Joon Ho, Jung Woong In, and Kim Sang Joong.
It was followed by a lead role in the movie, Holy Daddy, where he played the role of a con-man who died in a freak accident a day before his release from prison.
Another lead role came in the movie Who Slept with Her? Where HaHa played the character of Ahn Myeong Sop, one of the students at an all-boys’ high school who fantasize about their new student-teacher played by actress Kim Sa Rang.
In the same year, he joined MBC’s Infinite Challenge, which is currently his longest running show on television. He only took a break from the program when he enlisted in the military in 2008, and went back shortly after his discharge in 2010.
In 2007, he was part of the film The Friends as Halibut and lent his voice for the character Mambo in the Korean adaptation of the Hollywood animated film, Happily N’Ever After.
HaHa’s popularity first went on the rise in 2005 when he appeared as a guest on the May 22 broadcast of now-defunct variety show X-man. He drew the attention of viewers because of his imitations of close friend and singer Kim Jong Kook.
He was so well-received on the show that he became a regular guest, a huge feat given that X-man was, arguably, the biggest variety show on Korean television at the time.
In 2010, HaHa became a cast member for the new SBS variety show, Running Man, alongside Yoo Jae Suk, Kim (Jong Kook), Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwang Soo, Song Joong Ki, Gary, and later, Song Ji Hyo.
On August 15, 2012, HaHa announced his plans to marry singer Byul. They got married three months later on November 30, 2012. The two welcomed their firstborn son, Dream, on July 29, 2013 and their second son, Soul, on March 22, 2017.
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