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Bobby Lee, a native of San Diego, was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps running the family clothing store. But after stints in a local rock band and at the local community college, he was spotted by Frank Burns, the legendary manager of La Jollas Comedy Store, 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 on-stage personality.
In 1995, comedian Pauly Shore spotted Lee on stage and asked him to open his act in Las Vegas. Lee subsequently met Paulie’s mother, the celebrated owner of the Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore. He became a regular at the 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 critic Johnny Gan, the world’s worst interpreter Bae Sung; and hapless warrior the Blind kung Fu Master. And audiences have loved his takes on such real-world figures as Connie Chung and North Korean President Kim Jong Il.
Lee’s film credits include Hardbreakers, 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.