The Funniest South Korean Comedian and Television Personality, Park Myung-soo
Park Myung-soo is a comedian and entertainer who has appeared in a variety of popular Korean reality shows, such as Infinite Challenge and Happy Together. His grumpy character is loved by viewers and fans of variety shows. From his debut in 1993, he is ever-present in Korean TV entertainment. Let’s read more about comedian Park Myung-soo in this Channel-Korea article below! Keep scrolling down 🙂
Park Myung-soo’s Profile
Name: Park Myung-soo
Date of Birth: August 27th, 1970
Place of Birth: Gunsan, North Jeolla Province
Spouse: Han Soo-min
Children: Daughter Park Min-seo
University: Myongji University
Height: 171.5 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Blood Type: A
- He is the CEO of the company Mohoney which sells wigs in shopping malls
- He currently owns and operates a pizza chain restaurant
- He is a comedian, MC, singer, DJ, radio host, voice dubber, and composer
- He is an avid fan of electronic music
- He has composed several songs and is an official composer known as Bangbaedong Wildcat
- He formerly operated a chicken fast-food chain in Korea
- He debuted in 1993
Park Myung-soo in Infinite Challenge
Infinite Challenge is the pioneer of Korean variety shows and is rightfully called the nation’s variety show due to its popularity. It was aired from April 2005 until March 2018. After 13 years of broadcast, Infinite Challenge was terminated because the lead producer stepped down from the show and all cast members followed.
Park Myung-soo was given 250 nicknames by members and netizens during his appearance in Infinite Challenge. Noh Hong-chul called him “worthless elder brother” for his “useless body.” He was called “father” for his age, weak stamina and bald forehead. He acquired another nickname, “the son of the devil,” for his anger and scold towards other members for simple matters. Park Myung-soo himself wanted to be called “giant star.”
Park Myung-soo was the second person in charge after chief host Yoo Jae-suk in Infinite Challenge. Being the oldest member and the second person after Yoo Jae-suk in every episode, Park Myung-soo requested to challenge Yoo Jae-suk for leading host role. All members, staff, MBC employees voted for the person in charge as lead host. Park Myung-soo received majority votes and was selected as new leading host. However, during the three weeks of probation as a leading host, he couldn’t show his leadership skills and resigned from the role. Yoo Jae-suk was appointed as interim leading host and when the second election was held, he won and reinstated as leading host.
Park Myung-soo and Jeong Jung-ha frequently quarreled and argued over simple things. He disliked Jeong Jung-ha’s simple-minded character and often scolded him when he would lose his patience. The on-screen arguing was shown and broadcast many times and was called Ha and Soo segment. The on-screen quarrels and bickering were the viewers’ favorite scenes from Infinite Challenge. The Ha and Soo couple even won an award as the Best Couple at the 2011 MBC Entertainment Awards, the first male and male couple to win the award.
Park Myung-soo in Happy Together
Happy Together is a popular Korean variety show which is aired on KBS from November 8th, 2001. Park Myung-soo joined the show Happy Together in Season 3, on July 5th, 2007. He joined the program as the main host alongside long-time friend and initial host, Yoo Jae-suk.
In an episode of Happy Together Season 3, aired in September 2018, NCT’s Lucas was invited as a guest. Lucas’ appearance on Happy Together was highly anticipated by viewers. The anticipation by viewers and his recent popularity made Lucas very confident. He was being confident in his good looks and even said that he was the best looking idol in SM Entertainment at the moment. Upon hearing Lucas’ over the top confidence, Park Myung-soo, best known for his hot-tempered character, was furious so he stood and scolded Lucas. The scene was so funny, it made all cast members and guests laugh without control.
In September 2018, Park Myung-soo said thank you and goodbye to the staff members and viewers of the variety show Happy Together at the end of its season 3. He left the show and his younger best friend, Yoo Jae-suk after joining Happy Together Season 3 in 2007 and spending 11 years on the show. On his Instagram account, he posted a picture of him, Yoo Jae-suk and other cast and staff members from his farewell party.
Park Myung-soo and Yoo Jae-suk
Park Myung-soo and Yoo Jae-suk had worked together since Infinite Challenge. Being the second person in charge, Park Myung-soo always envied Yoo Jae-suk’s role as the first person. Park Myung-soo wanted to overthrow him but he couldn’t show his leadership skills. In Infinite Challenge and Happy Together, Park Myung-soo always complemented the main MC, Yoo Jae-suk.
In an episode of Infinite Challenge, aired in January 2012, Park Myung-soo showed his over the top flattery to his superior in the episode, Yoo Jae-suk. He showed his flattery by imitating a scene from the movie Love Actually. He flipped his notebook page by page and showed God Yoo and a big heart.
In an episode of Happy Together, Park Myung-soo showed his admiration to Yoo Jae-suk. He even gave Yoo Jae-suk, his teacher, a carnation flower during a teacher’s day event.
On a rare interview with JungAng Ilbo, Yoo-Jae-suk shared his early career stories. He had a difficult period before earning his fame. He said that Park Myung-soo helped him a lot during the difficult period and he couldn’t have reached his top career without Park Myung-soo.
On April 9th, 2019, Park Myung-soo was invited as a guest on KBS’ Cool FM’s Yoon Jung-soo and Nam Chang-hee’s Mr. Radio. Park Myung-soo was asked about his relationship with Yoo Jae-suk and whether he missed working with him after not working together for over a year. Park Myung-soo and Yoo Jae-suk worked together in Infinite Challenge from 2005 to 2018 and Happy Together from 2007 to 2018. He said that he didn’t miss working with Yoo Jae-suk even though they created a lot of laughter when working together. However, Park Myung-soo was thankful for Yoo Jae-suk’s talent for bringing out his potential.
Park Myung-soo’s Wife and Details About His Marriage
Park Myung-soo married his long-time girlfriend, Han Soo-min, who is eight years younger than him on April 8th, 2008. She is not an ordinary woman. She graduated from Korea University’s School of Dentistry and received her certificate in the United States. She also experienced working at the prestigious John Hopkins Hospital.
Park Myung-soo and Han Soo-min met through a blind date and when he saw her picture, he thought he will marry the woman. Park Myung-soo approached her 14 times and even visited her in America only to see her. He is a person who has a strong will; when he decides something he will do it without thinking about other people’s opinion. At first, Han Soo-min’s family was against their marriage. Also, she had to give up her study for their marriage. The couple got through all the obstacles and eventually tied the knot. They have a beautiful daughter, Park Min Seo who was born in October 2008.
Park Myung-soo is a family man and spends time in the house to play with his daughter during his holiday. He lives his aggressive and hot-tempered persona and changes into an affectionate husband and father when he goes home.
Han Soo-min was involved in a scandal regarding her offensive gesture during a broadcast. Her hand gesture is considered highly offensive in Korea. Actually, she wanted to describe her opinion about a product which was very good according to her. Han Soo-min used inappropriate hand gesture which meant derogatory expression to her mother. She immediately acknowledged her mistake and wrote a public apology.
Park Myung-soo Regrets His Decision to Not Join the Cast of Running Man
In an episode of Channel A’s Rewind, cast members were discussing their regrets and things they didn’t do in the past. Park Myung-soo revealed that he wanted to join the variety show Running Man. But, the Infinite Challenge lead producer, Kim Tae-ho, was against his desire. Kim Tae-ho said that if Park Myung-soo joined Running Man, his character will disrupt the color and chemistry of the show. In the end, Park Myung-soo followed his producer’s suggestion. He regretted his decision and said that he would have had a free weekend to DJ in other countries if he had joined Running Man.
Park Myung-soo’s Net Worth
Park Myung-soo had several regular appearances in various Korean TV Stations. He is a permanent member of MBC’s Infinite Challenge and Come to Play. During an event, MBC’s Broadcasting Cultural Promotion Foundation revealed their performing entertainer’s salary. It was revealed that Park Myung-soo earned a total of $840.000 a year on MBC. He earned slightly less than the nation’s MC, Yoo Jae-suk who earned $922.000 in 2007 and $865.000 in 2006. Their yearly earnings are much bigger than other MBC artists such as Lee Hwi-jae, who earned $570.000 and Kim Won-hee, who earned $543.000.
In an episode of Infinite Challenge where cast members acted as robbers from the popular comedy movie Home Alone, Yoo Jae-suk revealed Park Myung-soo’s financial habit. Yoo jae-suk said that he wanted to rob Park Myung-soo’s house in Apgujong. Park Myung-soo has been saving money for 20 years and not spending any money on alcohol or hobbies.
In an episode of KBS’ Cool FM, Park Myung-soo asked guests about their earnings. He jokingly said that he only earned about half of his junior, Yoo Jae-suk. He earned as much as another Infinite Challenge member, Jung Joon-ha.