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|Robert Lee Jr.
September 17, 1971
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Observational comedy, black comedy, blue comedy
|Human behavior, American politics, gender differences
Robert Lee Jr. (born September 17, 1971) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster. From 2001 to 2009, Lee was a cast member on MADtv, and he co-starred in the ABC single-camera sitcom series Splitting Up Together alongside Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson between 2018 and 2019. Lee has also appeared in the films Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004), Pineapple Express (2008), and The Dictator (2012). He recently had a guest appearance as the cynical, burned-out Dr. Kang on FX on Hulu's TV comedy series Reservation Dogs.
Lee co-hosts the podcast TigerBelly with his ex-partner, Khalyla Kuhn; he is also co-host of the podcast Bad Friends with Andrew Santino.
Early life and education
Lee was born on September 17, 1971, to Korean immigrant parents Jeanie and Robert Lee. He and his younger brother Steve grew up in Poway, California. His parents owned clothing stores in both Escondido and Encinitas, California.
Lee attended Painted Rock Elementary School, Twin Peaks Middle School, and Poway High School. In high school, he was part of a breakdancing team. At 18, Lee moved out of his parents' home and took jobs in restaurants and coffee shops in the San Diego area while attending Palomar College, which he later dropped out of.
Lee worked various jobs at cafes and restaurants before pursuing a career in comedy. In 1994, the coffee shop where he was working abruptly 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). After a few months of working odd jobs at the club, he decided to try stand-up during one of their amateur nights. Within a year of doing regular comedy sets, he received offers to open for both Pauly Shore and Carlos Mencia. Lee went on to work regularly at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, a comedy club owned by Pauly Shore's mother Mitzi.
Lee has said that his parents had hoped he would continue on with the family business and were less than supportive of his comedic pursuits at first. 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 asked how much he had to pay to be on the show and then apologized for not supporting his comedy career.
Lee has included his family in some of his work; his younger brother has appeared in several non-speaking roles on MADtv, and his entire family has appeared in a sketch on the show. Lee also pitched a sitcom to Comedy Central in 2007 about a Korean family which was to star his own family.
Lee hosted the 9th MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert in 2013.
In 2020, Lee began co-hosting the Bad Friends podcast with Andrew Santino.
In 2001, Lee joined the cast of MADtv, making him the show's first and only Asian cast member. He has publicly expressed that he dreaded playing the characters Bae Sung and Connie Chung, describing them as "Average Asian" skits. Lee remained with the cast until the series' cancellation in 2009 and returned briefly when MADtv was revived in 2016 on The CW. Some of Lee's recurring characters included:
|Host of the imaginary Kim Jong-il Show
|The hapless interpreter
|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
|Character on the Korean soap opera parody Taedo-Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive
|Hideki "The Average Asian"
|Asian man whose friends think he adheres to the stereotypes associated with East Asian people
|United States Senator from Arizona
|Infant super-villain in a live-action re-creation of a scene from the Family Guy episode "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci High"
|Student in gym class of Coach Hines (Keegan-Michael Key), who always gets yelled at and harassed by Coach Hines (whether or not he deserved it).
|Audio & Video
|No. of episodes
|343 (as of April 18, 2022)
|September 1, 2015 – present
TigerBelly is a video podcast hosted by Bobby Lee and his ex-partner, Khalyla Kuhn, that they started in 2015, with appearances by technical engineer Gilbert Galon and producer George Kimmel. Kuhn became interested in doing podcasts of her own after she was a guest on the DVDASA podcast. The show's intro song "Shadow Gook" was written and produced by Lee and performed by Lee and Kuhn. The hosts discuss events from their lives and news topics from popular culture, often revolving around Asian American issues related to the entertainment industry, adolescence, ethnicity, racism, and politics.
Lee and Erik Griffin initially pitched a podcast to All Things Comedy, and they were immediately signed but they could never make the time to meet. Around this time Lee and Kuhn were visiting her family in the Philippines, when Kuhn came down with serious heart trouble. She spent weeks in hospitals and couldn't return to her nursing job. She needed something to do to keep busy and so started her own podcast. Lee came on her show and the chemistry was so good that Lee decided to instead focus on podcasts with Kuhn.
As TigerBelly grew, Lee and Kuhn needed an engineer to watch over the computer and consult on technical issues, so they asked Gilbert to handle the technical side of the podcast; Lee had met Gilbert at a viewing of a Manny Pacquiao fight. Lee met future TigerBelly producer George Kimmel when he was working on The Station comedy channel for Maker Studios, where Kimmel was working as a producer.
Since 2018 Lee has made several appearances as recurring character Jin Jeong in the new Magnum P.I. TV series.
Lee's younger brother, Steve Lee, is a musician and also a comedian. He hosts The Steebee Weebee podcast and co-hosts the Scissor Bros podcast with comedian Jeremiah Watkins. Steve has also made guest appearances alongside Bobby on MADtv, especially in sketches featuring Kim Jong Il and Tank.
|The Underground Comedy Movie
|Quang Duck, The Loud Ninja, Lazy Principal
|Pauly Shore Is Dead
|Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
|Accidentally on Purpose
|Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness
|Mr. Lee Young / William Hung (voice)
|Kickin' It Old Skool
|Larry of Arabia
|Soldiers of Capernaum
|Fudgy Wudgy Fudge Face
|A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
|Jesus is My Co-Pilot
|Meet Me at the Reck
|Bro, What Happened?
|Out of Love
|Laid in America
|Keeping Up with the Joneses
|The Wrong Missy
|Check-In Desk Employee
|High & Tight
|Tall Goon (voice)
|How It Ends
|Featured Cast: Season 7, Main Cast: Season 8–14
|The Brothers Garcia
|Pet Store Clerk
|Episode: "But Football Is a Religion"
|Curb Your Enthusiasm
|Episode: "The Korean Bookie"
|Mind of Mencia
|Asian CSI Agent / Gay Pirate
|Episode: "Episode #1.6" & "Stereotype Olympics"
|Episode: "Bush Comes to Dinner"
|Earl Wayne Thurman
|State of Romance
|Sharply Dressed Asian Man (voice)
|Episode: "Business Guy"
|Episode: "The Usual Bet"
|Big Time Rush
|Episode: "Big Time Reality"
|Chinese Man (voice)
|Episode: "Amish Guy"
|RVC: The Lone Shopping Network
|Episode: "Father of My Squids"
|Episode: "Don't Bang My Wife" & "Sharing Is Caring"
|Episode: "Queen B."
|Tubbin' with Tash
|Episode: "Chelsea Handler" & "Chelsea Peretti & Reggie Watts"
|Sean Saves the World
|Episode: "Sean Comes Clean"
|Tim / Sumo (voice)
|Mongolian / Mongolian Leader / Li Ching (voice)
|Episode: "The Green" & "Candy Van Finger Bang"
|Lee Wei Lee
|Fortune Teller's nephew
|Episode: "Billy's Birthday"
|NCIS: Los Angeles
|Episode: "Blame It on Rio"
|MC Ferret (voice)
|Guest: Season 15
|Episode: "Lillian's Wedding" & "The Duel"
|Son of Zorn
|Episode: "The War of the Workplace"
|New York Degenerate (voice)
|Episode: "Two Films for One Ticket"
|What Would Diplo Do?
|Episode: "Best Play Date Ever"
|NCIS: Los Angeles
|Episode: "Goodbye, Vietnam"
|Splitting Up Together
|Recurring Cast: Season 2-
|Dream Corp LLC
|Recurring Cast: Season 3
|Episode: "Travel Dos and Donuts"
|Episode: "NDN Clinic"
|Dr. Andre (voice)
|Episode: "Part 2: Secrets"
|And Just Like That...
|Recurring Cast; 6 Episodes
In Spanish: Bobby Lee para niños
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