South Korea loves it’s variety shows. I have only watched this show all the way through though. It has been the funniest and most interesting show and I think only the past 4-5 episodes weren’t interesting. And I know that some people watch it because of the guests, but I watch it for the mission and the theme. It’s fine to me with the members that are there. But, I’m also really hoping that Song Joong-Ki comes back on the show again as a regular member. They never replaced him when he left a long time ago, so maybe now that he’s back from the army he won’t just be a guest and become a regular member again.

I’ve actually done a poll to get certain people onto the show, but it was never completed because we needed to come up with the actual games. However, I will finally be completing that task and sending it to the SBS station. Especially, after the episode where they used games from all over the world. So I will be sending my proposal in English and Korean. But I guess it wouldn’t hurt to do another poll, considering that some of the people on the poll before had actually been on Running Man since then.

Running Man (Korean: 런닝맨) is a South Korean variety show; forming part of SBS’s Good Sunday lineup. It first aired on July 11, 2010, and as of 2015, is currently the longest-running program, at five years on Good Sunday, surpassing X-Man‘s three and a half years.

Running Man was originally classified as an “urban action variety”; a genre of variety shows in an urban environment.The MCs and guests complete missions at a landmark to win the race. The show has since shifted to a more familiar reality-variety show concept focused on game show games. It has garnered attention as being the come-back program for Yoo Jae-suk, the main MC of the program, after leaving Good Sunday’s Family Outing in February 2010.

Airing at the 5 pm KST time slot for most of its run, Running Man switched to the second part of Good Sunday (between May 22 and May 29, 2011 with Kim Yu-na’s Kiss and Cry but was quickly switched back due to low ratings) beginning May 6, 2012, airing after Kim Byung-man’s Law of the Jungle 2 at 6:10 pm and airing against KBS2 Happy Sunday‘s 1 Night 2 Days Season 2 and MBC Sunday Night‘s I Am a Singer 2.

The show has become popular in other parts of Asia as well, and has gained online popularity among Hallyu fans, having been fansubbed into a number of languages by volunteers, such as English, Spanish, French, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian.

Current cast

The original members of Running Man are Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Joong-ki, and Gary. Song Ji-hyo was originally a guest for the second (episode 2-3) and third landmark (episode 4-5). She officially joined the program in the fourth landmark (episode 6) but was unable to attend until the fifth landmark (episode 7). In April 2011, Song Joong-ki recorded his last episode (episode 41) in May, and has left the program to focus on his acting career but returned on episode 66 as a guest after leaving for almost half a year, and later made cameo appearances in several episodes

tumblr_mwl2dspQHk1rcoad1o1_1280Yoo Jae-suk

The main host of the show and known during the race missions for his escaping abilities and quick thinking. As a main host, he has been featured as a protagonist in many special episodes, which presented him with a nickname of Yoo-mes Bond. He is shown to have a closer relationship with a lot of the guests on the show, which he often boasts about to the other members. He is also often referenced to the color green throughout the show and is also known for his nickname “Grasshopper” from his first television appearances. He started off as a weak player during the race missions, but later becomes one of the strongest players in the series, and is, along with Kim Jong-kook, considered to be one of the two main powers in the race missions.

Nicknames:

Yoo-ruce Willis (유르스 윌리스)
Yoo Hyuk (유혁)
Yoo-mes Bond (유임스 본드)
Grasshopper (메뚜기)
Cicadanem (매미넴)

Background: (Hangul: 유재석; RR: Yu Jae-seok; born on August 14, 1972), is a South Korean actor, comedian and television comedy show host. Nicknamed the “MC of the nation” (국민 MC), a vote by South Korean netizens proclaimed him the most popular Korean comedian for five consecutive years beginning (2004-2008). He has hosted several variety television shows in South Korea, including the popular programs Infinite Challenge and Running Man. He is also nicknamed “The Grasshopper”, due to his early appearances where he dressed as a grasshopper. He is now known for his quick wit and appeal across a wide range of demographics. He has established himself as one of Korea’s top comedians and TV personalities

tumblr_inline_n69jybTNBc1r47v6eGary

Introduced alongside Lee Kwang-soo and Song Joong-ki as one of the “variety rookies” due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. He is shown as the most gullible but honest member. Throughout the series, he has been involved in the official loveline of the show alongside Song Ji-hyo. Although shown to be quite clueless at times, he is known as “The man full of surprises” and the “dark horse” of Running Man during race missions, highlighted when the show held the Best of the Best Match with him winning on two occasions.

Nicknames:

Peaceful Gary (평온개리)
Straight-Going Gary (직진개리)
Typhoon (태풍)
Monday Boyfriend (월요남친)
Mr. Gary (개리 쒸)
Wild Gary (야생개리)
Sudden Commander (뜬금 능력자)
Random Mr. Capable (임의 씨 가능)

Background: Kang Hee-gun (Korean: 강희건, Hanja: 姜熙建; born February 24, 1978), better known by his stage name Gary (Korean: 개리, often spelled as Garie) is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, record producer, dancer, entrepreneur, and television personality.

Gary is the rapper and lyricist of the respected hip-hop duo, Leessang. Since their formation in 2002, the group has produced a total of eight albums and had several hits under their belt. In 2014, Gary made his debut as a solo artist with the mini-album Mr.Gae. Despite the album being banned by all major TV broadcast stations for its 19+ content, his songs still managed to top several charts.[2] He and long time collaborator Jung In later went on to formed the duo, Jung In & Gary. The two released the chart topping single “Your Scent” and “Bicycle.”[3][4]

Aside from his own work, Gary has been featured in works by many famous artists such as Psy, Baek Ji Young, Lee Hyori, Dynamic Duo, and MC Mong. He is also currently a cast member of the variety show Running Man.

resize_imageHa Ha

The primary joker of the cast and is usually picked on by other members because of his height and his similar appearance to Pororo the Little Penguin. He also has a tendency to feel as though he is the main lead in a movie created by his imagination. When things don’t go his way, he lashes out verbally, causing great laughter among the cast. He is also the playboy of the cast, as he always confesses his love to female guests. However, this ended when he became engaged to singer Byul, changing to a “married man” and becoming rough to female guests. He was initially a weak player during the race missions, occasionally being picked on even while on the chasing team, however he has improved over the course of the show.

Nicknames:

Haroro (하로로)
Roro (로로)
Penguin (펭귄)
Playboy (난봉꾼)
Kid (꼬마)

Background: Ha Dong-hoon (Hangul: 하동훈; born on August 20, 1979), better known by his stage name Haha (Hangul: 하하) is a German-born South Korean singer, although he has branched out into different venues of entertainment. He had stints in acting as well as MC duties. Many of the younger generation mistake him for a comedian. This is especially the case for fans outside of South Korea;many believe him to be a stand-up comedian but he has never been a comedian as in South Korea, comedians have to audition to become a comedian (Gagman). 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 started a show called Ya Man TV on Mnet Broadcasting in 2015. It currently aired its 7th episode on March 2, 2015.

reieorJi Suk-jin

The oldest member of the show and one of Yoo Jae-suk’s closest friends, knowing each other for more than 20 years. He is shown to be jealous of the good relationship between Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Jong-kook. During the race missions, he is shown to be one of the weakest members and is the easiest and most frequently eliminated out of the cast, so easily that the other members would declare that the race has officially started after his elimination.

Nicknames:

Big Nose Older Brother (왕코형님)
Impala (임팔라)
Race Starter (레이스 스타터)
Yoo Jae Suk’s Sunflower (유재석 의 해바라기)
Celebrity Paparazzi (연예인파파라치)

Background: (correctly spelled as Jee Seok-jin; Hangul: 지석진; Hanja: 池錫辰 (more commonly known as 池石镇)) is a South Koreancomedian, television presenter, actor and broadcaster. He graduated from Ajou University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.[2][3]

In 1992, Ji Suk-jin debuted as a singer, releasing his first album “I Know”.[4] However, he gained popularity as a MC and comedian in the entertainment industry. He was most commonly known as the main MC in Star Golden Bell, which aired from 2004 to 2010.[5]

Ji Suk-jin is most well-known as a cast member in the variety show Running Man together with Yoo Jae-suk, Kim Jong-kook, Kang Hee-gun (Gary) of LeeSsang, Ha Dong-hoon, Song Ji-hyo, and Lee Kwang-soo.

afdc86fa-d6a7-4722-a292-21eca0310959Kim Jong-kook

The strongest man on the show, Kim Jong-kook is known for his strength and skill during the race missions. During the missions, he is known for his sudden appearances that are often accompanied by the soundbite “This is Sparta!” taken from the movie, 300. His smart tactics are often successful to eliminate the other members and as a result, he is known for having both brains and brawn. He is also shown at times to act cute and show off his aegyo. His only apparent weakness is women and he is often teased for having a particular fondness towards Yoon Eun-hye.

Nicknames:

Sparta-kook (스파르타국)
Commander (능력자)
Kookie (꾹이)
Tiger (호랑이)
Coach Kook (꾹코치)
Mr. Capable (능력 씨)
Father-in-law (시아버지)
Kook-minator (꾹네이터)
Jong-sook (종숙)

Background: (Hangul: 김종국; Hanja: 金鐘國; born 25 April 1976) is a South Korean singer and TV personality. He was initially part of the Korean duo Turbo, however, he later pursued a successful career as a solo artist. Apart from being a 3 Daesang Award Winner Singer, he also participates actively in variety shows in the past such as X-man and Family Outing (since episode 19). Currently, he is a cast member in the variety show, Running Man. He is also known for hosting a documentary program called Escape Crisis No.1 (also known as Safety First!) Kim So-ya, a Korean female singer under the mononym Soya, is his niece.

Song-Ji-Hyo_1408538737_af_orgSong Ji Hyo

The only current female member of the show and initially only appeared as a guest but was added to the main cast in episode 6. During the earlier episodes, Song Ji-hyo was often known to swear during broadcasts especially towards Haha and Lee Kwang-soo. She is also known to be often seen with confused or blank facial expressions a lot of the time. Throughout the series, she has been involved in the official loveline of the show alongside Gary. She is one of the strongest players during race missions with similar running and catching capabilities as well as comparable intelligence to Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Jong-kook.

Nicknames:

Blank Ji (멍지)
Ace (에이스)
Bad Ji-hyo (불량지효)
Monday Girlfriend (월요여친)
Song Ji-yok (송지욕)
Gold Ji-Hyo (금지효)
Goddess of Luck (행운의 여신)

Background: Cheon Seong-im (born 15 August 1981), better known by her stage name Song Ji-hyo is a South Korean actress, television presenter and former model. She first made her acting debut in Wishing Stairs (2003), one of film in the Whispering Corridors film series. Her notable roles are as the ballerina Min Hyo-rin in the popular television series Princess Hours (2006), Lady Ye So-ya inJumong (2007), The Queen in A Frozen Flower (2008) and Oh Jin-hee in Emergency Couple (2014).

Song gained international fame for being the only female member of the popular Korean variety show Running Man, which made her popularity rise across Asia. Her frank, easy-going personality endeared her to many Korean and international fans.

5dc0bd267c599e316ff78bee8e6256e8Lee Kwang-soo

The youngest and tallest member of the cast and initially introduced alongside Gary and Song Joong-ki as one of the “variety rookies” due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. During the earlier episodes he was known for framing his fellow members with embarrassing and often absurd rumours. He is often picked on by the rest of the cast, particularly Kim Jong-kook, due to his timid nature. He is one of the weakest players, often the first to be eliminated during race missions. However, he has grown to easily betray his fellow members without hesitation. His theme song is “Saint Agnes and the Burning Train” by Sting. It was revealed that he is one of the most popular member and earned a great reputation in various regions of Asia through the series, which left the others in shock.

Nicknames:

Framer Kwang-soo (모함광수)
Giraffe (기린)
Kwangvatar (광바타)
Betrayer Kwang-soo (배신광수)
Icon of Betrayal (배신의 아이콘)
Icon of Bad Luck (불운의 아이콘)
Prince of Asia (아시아 의 왕자)
God of Variety (예능신)
KwangToad (광주두꺼비)
Kwang-ja (광자)

Background: (Hangul: 이광수; born 14 July 1985) is a South Korean actor and entertainer. He is best known as a cast member of the variety show Running Man.

FORMER MEMBER

song-joong-kiSong Joong-ki

Introduced alongside Gary and Lee Kwang-soo as one of the “variety rookies” due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. He is shown as being the smartest and also having the best looks out of the cast. He is known for being able to figure out puzzles and strategize during the race missions. He is also shown to be very optimistic and is often seen attempting new things but ultimately failing. As of episode 41, he has left the main cast to focus on his acting career. However, he reappeared in episode 66 as a guest and also in episode 71 in a short cameo as part of his promotion for the drama, Deep Rooted Tree. He had a cameo on episode 97 as a soccer player for the 2012 Asian Dream Cup. he also had a cameo on episode 251 to meet the members.

Nicknames:

Flower Joong-ki (꽃중기)
Brain Joong-ki (브레인 중기)
Active Young Man (적극청년)
Detective Joong-ki (형사 중기)

Background: (born September 19, 1985) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame with period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandaland variety show Running Man. Song played his first TV leading role in the melodrama The Innocent Man in 2012. He has also starred in feature films, notably as the titular character in the box office hit A Werewolf Boy.

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August 6, 2015