Park Myung-soo

Park Myung-soo (born August 27, 1970) is a South Korean DJ, comedian, MC, singer, and songwriter who debuted on television in 1993, appearing on MBC. He co-hosted the top-rated comic variety programme Infinite Challenge and also hosted 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.

Park Myung-soo
Park Myeong-su from Acrofan.jpg
Born (1970-08-27) August 27, 1970 (age 51)
Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, South Korea
MediumStand-up, television, singer, composer, producer, DJ, Philanthropist
NationalitySouth Korean
Years active1993–present
GenresComedy, Singer
SpouseHan Soo-min
ChildrenPark Min-seo (daughter)
Notable works and rolesMember of Infinite Challenge
Singer of Prince of the Sea
Host of Happy Together
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak Myeongsu
McCune–ReischauerPak Myŏngsu

Personal lifeEdit

Marriage and childrenEdit

On April 8, 2008, Park Myung-soo married his long-time girlfriend, 31-year-old doctor 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 his tenure as a CEO of a business called "Mohani" (모하니), which sells wigs in shopping malls.[2]

Mental health and bullyingEdit

He confessed that he has suffered from anxiety since he was young due to being bullied severely when he was in school, to the point of being considered a loser by the students who picked on him and to the point where he developed generalized anxiety as consequence.[3]


Infinite ChallengeEdit

On Infinite Challenge, Park is "the second-in-command" (2인자), putting him below the host-in-chief Yoo Jae-suk, who is "the first-in-command" (1인자). This spawned a running gag in which he often jokes about overthrowing Yoo Jae-suk as leader and becoming "first-in-command" himself. He also called "Rice Insect" (벼멸구), a rival nickname for Yoo Jae-suk's famous "Grasshopper". He also claimed that his nickname should be "Big Star" (거성/巨星 Geoseong). He sometimes tries to make use of his seniority by lecturing the other members on various matters, such as becoming a star; however, they rarely take him seriously.

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 acquired another nickname, "worthless elder brother" (하찮은 형) 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.[4] Another related nickname is "Father" (아버지) since he is the oldest among another Infinite Challenge members and due to his weak stamina and slowly balding forehead.

Park is famous for his "scolding" repertoire (호통개그), in which he angrily and aggressively scolds his colleagues for usually trivial matters. This led to another nickname, "the Son of Devil" (악마의 아들). A related nickname is "Old Devil" from the "Money Bag" special episode, after co-host Noh Hong-chul was nicknamed the "Young Devil". (The two had stolen a briefcase full of money from Jeong Hyeong-don and subsequently conspired to take it from each other). Another aspect of his character is his tendency to flub words and to misspeak when scolding, leading other members to take him even less seriously.

His character in the show is also known for arguing and quarreling over petty issues with co-host Jeong Jun-ha. Park's hot-tempered on-screen persona is highly opposite with Jeong Jun-ha's tactless, simple-minded character that occasionally made the former lose his patience. The unique relationship between Jeong and Park has become an occasional segment called "Ha & Soo". "Ha & Soo" also can be called "Peter & Jonathan" with Park as "Peter" and Jeong as "Jonathan". Another similar nickname is "Red Pepper" (고춧가루) after Jeong joked about him and Park as seasonings ("red pepper and black pepper") for Yoo Jae-suk that being central of the program ("main menu") during Infinite Challenge "Face-Off" special. 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.[5]


Park is also a recognised radio DJ, hosting various radio shows over the past decades. In 2016 and 2021, he received the Best Radio DJ award at the KBS Entertainment Awards for his Cool FM Park Myung-soo's Radio Show.

Music CareerEdit

Being an avid fan of electronic music, Park, under the pseudonym "Bangbaedong Wildcat", composed a total of six songs in varied genres, including electronic, medium-tempo dance and mystic melodies. These were showcased by his fellow co-hosts of the program during the Infinite Challenge "Park Myung-soo's How About It" special.[6] Upon the broadcast, his tracks appeared on the real-time music charts for Mnet, Bugs, Naver Music, and Melon, and even ousted out Girls' Generation's newly released "I Got a Boy" track from the first place on the chart for a period of time.[7] Since January 2013, he has been listed as an official composer by the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) under his "Bangbaedong Wildcat" name.[8]


Park 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.[9][10]

Television and Radio appearancesEdit

Current programmesEdit

Year Title Role Ref.
2010 Undercover Boss (US edition) Korean Narrator
2018 We Are the One
South Korean Foreigners Host [11]
2021 Leader's Love Host [12]
The Man Who Writes a Wife Card Host [13]
A Leader's Day Cast member [14]
Doo-Tap Nom Host with Haha [15]
2022 Animal Theatre Best Friend MC with Lee Geum-hee [16]
Colossus Park Myung-soo Host with Gabi [17]

Former programmesEdit

Year Title Role Ref.
April – July 2005
October 2005 – 2018
Infinite Challenge Co-host
Come to Play
2007 – 2018 Happy Together Season 3 Co-host [18][19]
X-man Joint Panel
A CEO that met by Park Myung-soo Host
2007 – 2008 Jippijiggi Co-host
2006 – 2008 Sunday Sunday Night – Dong-an Club
2008 Brain Battle
Sunday Sunday Night – We Got Married
Economy Vitamin Joint Panel
2010 Sunday Sunday Night – Hot Brothers Host-in-chief
Oh My School/100 points out of 100 Host
2012 Quiz Show Q Co-host [20][21]
2015 Brave Family A role as Uncle
2016 – 2017 Fantastic Duo Regular Panelist
2017 The Dynamic Duo Host
Jobs Host
Bragging Room Guest Host with Kim Hee-chul
2017 – 2018 All the World's Broadcasts [ko] Host
2017 – 2020 Salty Tour Host
2019 Happy Farmers S3 [ko] Cast
Show! Audio Jockey AJ [22]
Six-Party Talks
2019 – 2020 Rewind Team Leader [23]
2021 Soo Mi’s Mountain Cabin Cast Member [24]

Radio programmesEdit

Year Title Radio Station
Park Myung-soo's Fun Fun Radio MBC FM4U
2008 – 2010 Park Myung-soo's 2 o'clock Date
2015 – present Park Myung-soo's Radio Show [ko] KBS Cool FM


Studio albumsEdit

  • Change (1999)[25]
  • Dr. Park (2000)[26]
  • Son of Wind (바람의 아들) (2002)[27]
  • Ta La La (탈랄라) (2005)[28]


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
"Prince of the Sea" (바다의 왕자)[26] 2000 Dr. Park
"Son of Wind" (바람의 아들)[27] 2002 Son of Wind
"We Love Dokdo"[30] 2005 Ta La La
"Deep in the Night (Ta La La)" (탈랄라)[28]
"I Love You"[31] 2007 Infinite Challenge Gangbyeon Road Concert
"To Fool... From Fool" (바보에게... 바보가)[28] 2008 Non-album single
"Cold Noodle" (냉면) (feat. Jessica Jung)[32] 2009 Infinite Challenge Olympic Highway Duet Song Festival
"Fyah" (feat. Gill)[33] 2010 20 Non-album singles
"Whale" (고래) (feat. Nicole Jung) 12
"Having An Affair" (바람났어) (with G-Dragon, feat. Park Bom)[35] 2011 1 Infinite Challenge West Coast Highway Music Festival
"Clown" (광대) (feat. Kim Bum-soo) 2012 11 Infinite Challenge I Am a Singer
"Endless Dream" (꿈이었을까) (with Jungyup) 18 Non-album singles
"You're My Girl"[39] 2013 84
"Aqua Paradise" (아쿠아 파라다이스)[39]
"I Got C" (with Primary, feat. Gaeko)[41] 1 Infinite Challenge Jayu-ro Song Festival
"Myung Soo's Tteokbokki" (명수네 떡볶이) (feat. Lim Kim and UL) 2014 2 Non-album singles
"Don't Go" (with DJ Charles, feat. Kim Shin-young)
"Goodbye PMS" (with Lizzy)[45] 2015
"Fool" (바보야) (with So Chan-whee) 51
"Leon" (레옹) (feat. IU)[47] 1 Infinite Challenge Yeongdong Expressway Music Festival
"Tarzan" (타잔) (feat. U Jae-hwan and Hye Sung)[49] 2016 Non-album single
"Dokdori" (독도리) (with DinDin, feat. Mad Clown) 16 Infinite Challenge Great Legacy
"Saxophone Magic" (with DinDin and Danny Jung, feat. U Jae-hwan and Cho Hee)[51] 2017 Non-album singles
"Poison Apple" (독사과) (with Park Na-rae) 2018
"SNS" (with Hyojung)
"Today, Tomorrow and Always Love You" (오늘 내일 그리고 사랑해) 2021
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


  • Ambassadors for Island Day (2022)[52]


Year Awards show Category Nominated Works Result
1993 MBC Gag Contest Special Award Won
2005 5th MBC Entertainment Award Popular Actor of Show Variety Infinite Challenge Won
2006 18th Korea Broadcasting Producers Comedian Award Won
6th MBC Entertainment Award Top Excellence Award (Show/Variety) Infinite Challenge Won
2007 7th MBC Entertainment Award The Grand Prize with Infinite Challenge Won
Special Division woojeongsang Won
Bizarre special category Awards, Momgaegeu Award Won
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards TV Entertainment Award Happy Together Won
89th National Athletics Competition Aerobics enthusiasts general portion 6 Artificial second place
with Infinite Challenge
Infinite Challenge Won
8th MBC Entertainment Award Best Program Award (Infinite Challenge) Won
2009 Melon Music Awards Specialty albums – Naengmyun (냉면) Won
9th MBC Entertainment Award PD Award with Infinite Challenge Infinite Challenge Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence radio sector / Good (MC) of Radio Park Myung-soo's 2 o'clock Date [ko] 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 Happy Together Won
Best Teamwork Award with Happy Together Happy Together Won
10th MBC Entertainment Award Best humiliation Award Infinite Challenge Won
Top Excellence Award – Variety Show Won
2011 11th MBC Entertainment Award Best Couple Award with Jeong Jun-ha Won
The 53rd Annual National Rowing Championships 2000m Novice Inn (Special Award)
with Infinite Challenge
2012 12th MBC Entertainment Award Daesang (Grand Prize) Infinite Challenge, I Am a Singer (season 2), Indulge in Comedy [ko] Won
2013 13th MBC Entertainment Award Most Popular Program with Infinite Challenge members Infinite Challenge Won
2014 14th MBC Entertainment Award Best entertainment program on viewers Choice
with Infinite Challenge
2015 14th KBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award – Variety Show Happy Together Won
2016 15th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Radio DJ KBS Cool FMPark Myung-soo's Radio Show [ko] Won
2017 17th MBC Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award – Variety Show Infinite Challenge Won
11th SBS Entertainment Awards Scene Steeler Award Single Wife [ko] Won
2021 19th KBS Entertainment Awards DJ of the Year[53] KBS Cool FMPark Myung-soo's Radio Show [ko] Won
2022 Brand Customer Loyalty Award 2022[54] Male Celebrity YouTuber Won


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2011 Korea Power Celebrity 39th [55]


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  46. ^ Cumulative sales of "Fool":
  47. ^ "박명수-아이유 '레옹', 가온차트 3주 연속 1위…'어차피 우승은 무한도전?'". Sports Q (in Korean). September 17, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  48. ^ Cumulative sales of "Leon":
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  50. ^ Cumulative sales of "Dokdori":
  51. ^ ""'벚꽃엔딩' 넘을까" 박명수X딘딘, 오늘(22일) 'Saxophone Magic' 발표". TV Report (in Korean). March 22, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
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  53. ^ Lee Seung-rok (December 26, 2021). "'KBS연예대상' 문세윤, 생애 첫 대상 해냈다!…허재·장윤정 최우수상 [종합]" ['KBS Entertainment Awards' Moon Se-yoon won the first grand prize in her life! Jae-Heo, Yun-Jeong Jang Grand Prize [Overall]]. My Daily (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
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External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Entertainer
Succeeded by