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 Jolla’s Comedy Store and the rest, as they say, is history. Bobby rapidly became an in-demand stand-up comic with his unique Korean American perspective and volatile on-stage personality.
In 1995, comedian Pauly Shore spotted Lee on stage and asked him to open for Shore in Las Vegas. It was at that point that Bobby met Paulie’s mother, the celebrated owner of the Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore and became a regular at the club and went on the road with comic Carlos Mencia.
Since joining MADtv in 1999, Bobby has become a fan favorite, known for his unique brand of pain-inducing physical humor. Bobby has created such memorable original characters as the over-confident Daewoo owner Tank, the world’s worst interpreter Bae Sung, and hapless warrior the Blind Kung Fu Master. And audiences have loved his take on such real world figures as Connie Chung and North Korean President Kim Jong Il.
Bobby’s film credits include “Kickin’ It Old School,” “Killer Pad.” In the summer 2004, he appeared in the big screen comedy “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” Lee also appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Mind of Mencia,” and has performed stand-up on “Late Friday,” “Premium Blend” and “The Tonight Show.”