Young Robert “Bobby Lee”, Jr. born in San Diego, California, on 17 September 1971. He is an actor and US comedian, best known for his membership in the recurring cast of the comedy series live on MADtv from 2001 to 2009. For his portrayals of his characters in films such as Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Pineapple Express.
|Robert Young Lee Jr.
|September 17, 1971
|Stand-up, film, television, podcast
Bobby Lee Biography
He is the eldest of the two children of Jeanie and Robert Lee. He attended Poway High School in Poway, California. Of Korean and American descent, her parents owned clothing stores in California. When Bobby Lee was 9 years old, he was sexually abused by a man with down syndrome, this was publicly commented on the program The Fighter and The Kid.
At 18 years of age, Lee moved house with his parents and began working in restaurants and coffee shops in the San Diego area, at the same time attending Palomar College for a brief period. In 1994, the store where he worked was closed.
After a few short months of work, he started working at a club where he decided to try his luck during one of his amateur nights. Within a year after dedicating himself to regular comedies he establishes opening two clubs called Pauly Shore and Carlos Mencia. Lee also began working regularly at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
Bobby Lee Early Life
Robert Edwin Lee, Jr. was born to Jeanie and Robert E. Lee in San Diego County, California. He grew up in Poway, California, with his younger brother Steve. Lee went to Poway High School, Twin Peaks Middle School, and Painted Rock Elementary School. He was a member of a breakdancing team in high school.
Although attending Palomar College, Lee moved out of his parent’s home at the age of 18 and worked in restaurants and coffee shops in the San Diego area. He eventually bowed out.
In both Escondido and Encinitas, California, Lee’s Korean American parents owned clothes stores. His mother is now residing in Phoenix, Arizona. Steve Lee, Lee’s younger brother, is a guitarist and the host of The Steebee Weebee podcast. Steve has also appeared on MAD TV as a guest star alongside Bobby, most notably in sketches with Kim Jong Il and Tank.
Bobby Lee Career
Before seeking a career in comedy, Bobby Lee served in a variety of cafes and restaurants. The coffee shop where he worked suddenly closed in 1994. “I just went next door to The Comedy Store in San Diego to get a job,” he said (also known as the La Jolla Comedy Store). He wanted to pursue stand-up at one of the club’s amateur nights after a few months of doing odd jobs at the club.
He got offers to open for both Pauly Shore and Carlos Mencia within a year of doing daily comedy sets. Lee went on to work at Pauly Shore’s mother Mitzi’s comedy club, The Comedy Store, in Los Angeles, on a regular basis. In several interviews, Lee has acknowledged that his parents had hoped he would continue in the family business and were initially unsupportive of his comic endeavors.
On February 1, 2011, Lee revealed in a podcast interview with fellow actor and comedian Joe Rogan that his parents hardly talked to him during the first few years he did stand-up, but that after his performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, his father called him and questioned how much he had to pay to be on the show and then apologized for not promoting his comedy career.
His younger brother has acted in many non-speaking appearances on MADtv, and his entire family has appeared in a parody on the channel. Lee also pitched a sitcom featuring a Korean family to Comedy Central in 2007 that would feature his own family. In 2013, Lee was the host of the 9th MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert. Lee and Andrew Santino started co-hosting the Bad Friends podcast in 2020.
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