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Bobby Lee
Bobby Lee
Born Robert Lee Jr.
(1971-09-17) September 17, 1971 (age 46)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1994-present

Robert "Bobby" Lee Jr. (born September 17, 1971)[1] is an American actor and comedian best known as a cast member on Mad TV from 2001 to 2009 and for his roles in the films Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Pineapple Express and The Dictator.

Early career and family life

Lee was born Robert Lee, Jr. in San Diego, California, the son of Jeanie and Robert Lee.[2][3] The older of two sons, Lee attended Poway High School in Poway, California.[3] His Korean American parents owned clothing stores in both Escondido and Encinitas, California. He wrestled in high school.[4] He began taking meth and marijuana around 12, and went through three drug rehab attempts, ending his meth abuse around 17. During this period of drug abuse, Lee claims that he not only competed in a wrestling tournament under the influence of both Methamphetamine and LSD, but won the tournament.[4][5][6] At 18, Lee moved out of his parents' home and took jobs in restaurants and coffee shops in the San Diego area,[7] while also attending Palomar College for a brief period.[3] In 1994 the coffee shop for which he was working closed. "I just went next door to get a job," he said, "which was The Comedy Store in San Diego" (also known as the La Jolla Comedy Store).[7] After a few months of working odd jobs at the club he decided to try stand-up during one of their amateur nights.[7] Within a year of doing regular comedy sets he got offers to open for both Pauly Shore and Carlos Mencia.[3][7] Lee also went on to work regularly at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, a comedy club owned by Pauly Shore's mother Mitzi.[3]

Lee has admitted in several interviews that his parents had hoped he would continue on with the family business and were less-than supportive of his comedic pursuits at first.[3][7][8] During a podcast interview conducted by fellow actor and comedian Joe Rogan on February 1, 2011, Lee stated that during the first few years he did stand-up his parents barely spoke to him, however after his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno his father called him and apologized for not supporting his comedy career.[9]

Lee's parents currently live in Phoenix, Arizona.[3][8] Lee is known to have included his family in some of his work: His younger brother has appeared in several non-speaking roles on Mad TV and his entire family has appeared in a skit on the show.[8] Lee also pitched a sitcom to Comedy Central in 2007 about a Korean family which was to star his very own family.[8]

Mad TV

In 2001, Lee joined the cast of Mad TV,[7][8] making him the show's only East Asian cast member. Some of Lee's recurring characters included:

  • Kim Jong-il as the host of the imaginary Kim Jong-il Show
  • Journalist Connie Chung
  • Bae Sung the hapless interpreter
  • Tank, an Asian-American "Street Tuner" character in the style of the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • Xing Lao "Johnny" Gan, host of Many Shows! With Johnny Gan and Pongo
  • "The Blind Kung-fu Master"
  • Dr. Poon Ji-Sum, a character on the Korean soap opera parody Taedo-Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive
  • Hideki "The Average Asian", an Asian man whose friends think he adheres to the stereotypes associated with East Asian people
  • John McCain
  • Stewie Griffin, on a sketch showing a scene from the Family Guy episode "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci High" done in live-action.
  • Yamanashi, one of Coach Hines' (Keegan-Michael Key) gym class students who always gets yelled at and harassed by Coach Hines (whether or not he deserved it).

Lee remained with the cast until the series' cancellation in 2009, and returned briefly when MADtv was revived in 2016 on The CW.


Other projects and appearances


  1. ^ "TigerBelly: Episode 24: Hunky Dory". 
  2. ^ Bobby Lee's bio on Mad TV's official website. Archived 2010-06-07 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Grant, Lee. "Mad man", San Diego Union-Tribune, Sep 17, 2004. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Watch Bobby Lee Take on the Hot Ones Challenge". First We Feast. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Archer, Greg (2013-09-18). "Bobby Lee On Comedy, Survival And Being 'A Big, Sweaty Ball Of Flesh'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ Kozlowski, Carl (2016-05-26). "Why Bobby Lee Is Done with 'MADtv'". Hollywood in Toto. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Nguyen, Joe. "Face2Face with Bobby Lee", AsiaXpress, May 5, 2009. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e Yang, Jeff. "Mad Man", San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 10, 2007. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011.
  9. ^ Podcast #76 of The Joe Rogan Experience, 00:32:44, originally broadcast Feb 1, 2011. Archived April 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Bobby Lee on IMDb
  11. ^ Bobby Lee: Credits at Retrieved Apr 24, 2011.
  12. ^ Pauly Shore Is Dead on IMDB. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011
  13. ^ Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle on IMDB. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011
  14. ^ "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas". 4 November 2011 - via IMDb. 
  15. ^ Kims of Comedy on IMDB. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011
  16. ^ Mind of Mencia, "Episode #1.6" on IMDB. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011
  17. ^ Curb Your Enthusiasm, "The Korean Bookie" on IMDB. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011
  18. ^ Pineapple Express on IMDB. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011
  19. ^ Podcast #76 of The Joe Rogan Experience, 00:55:10, originally broadcast Feb 1, 2011. Archived April 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011.
  20. ^ Official video for Eminem's "We Made You". Retrieved Apr 24, 2011.
  21. ^ The Usual Bet on IMDB. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011
  22. ^ Chelsea Lately on IMDB. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011
  23. ^ Adriane. "The Wonder Girls: New Music Video, Exclusive Pics, Videos here at MTV IGGY!", MTV IGGY, May 24, 2010. Retrieved Apr 24, 2011
  24. ^ Persall, Steve (May 18, 2012). "Sacha Baron Cohen struggles with the script in 'The Dictator'". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  25. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 15, 2012). "'Dictator' will delight fans of Sacha Baron Cohen". MSNBC. Archived from the original on May 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  26. ^ "'Animal Practice' cancelled". New York Post. October 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  27. ^ "Official TigerBelly Website". TigerBelly. Retrieved 2016. 
  28. ^ Spangler, Todd (25 July 2016). "Raunchy Comedy 'Laid in America' With YouTube Stars KSI, Caspar Lee Gets Release Dates". Variety. Retrieved 2016. 

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