Bobby Lee, a native of San Diego, was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps running the family clothing store. After stints in a local rock band and at the local community college, he was spotted by Frank Burns, the legendary manager of a local comedy club, and the rest, as they say, is history. Lee rapidly became an in demand stand up comic, with his unique Korean American perspective and charismatic onstage personality.
In 1995, comedian Pauly Shore spotted Lee on stage and asked him to open his act in Las Vegas. Lee subsequently met Shore’s mother, Mitzi Shore. He became a regular of Shore’s comedy club and went on the road with comic Carlos Mencia.
Since joining MADtv in 1999, Lee has become a fan favorite, known for his unique brand of pain-inducing, physical humor. He has created such memorable original characters as the comically confused film criticJohnny Gan, the world’s worst interpreter Bae Sung, and hapless warrior, the Blind Kung-Fu Master. Audiences have also loved his takes on such real world figures as Connie Chung, and North Korean President Kim Jong-il.
Lee’s film credits include Hard Breakers, Kickin’ It Old Skool, Killer Pad, and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. On television, Lee has appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Mind of Mencia, and has performed stand up on Late Friday, Premium Blend, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was also the host of the Asian Excellence Awards.