Who is Bobby Lee?
Robert Lee Junior was born on the 18th September 1971, in San Diego, California USA, of Korean descent, and is a comedian and an actor probably best recognized for being a part of the main cast of the famous comedy sketch TV series entitled “MADtv”. His memorable appearances in the movies “Hangover”, “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”, “The Dictator” and TV series “Splitting up Together” have added to his popularity.
Early Life and Education
Bobby was the first child born to his parents Robert and Jeanie Lee – he has a younger brother, Steve Lee. While he was still in primary school, Bobby started taking drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine. When his parents found out, they immediately took him to a rehab center where they hoped he would get the help he needed, however, he continued to struggle with this disease for several more years, thus ending up at the rehab centers at least three more times. During these years, he still managed to finish primary school in San Diego, and then started attending Poway High School, California. Even though he was facing serious problems at the time, he realized that he was interested in wrestling.
He claimed that he was a highly functioning drug addict, which could have been proven by the fact that he participated in and won wrestling tournaments while under the influence of LSD and meth. Eventually, his substance abuse came to an end at the age of 17. His parents own several clothing stores in Escondido and Encinitas, California, and wanted their older son to inherit the family business, however, Bobby was never interested in doing so, and that is why he moved out from the family home when he turned 18, and took a number of part-time jobs, such as bartending in coffee shops and restaurants. When he had enough money, he started attending Palomar College in San Diego, however, he realized that it was not something he was interested in, so soon dropped out.
After the coffee shop he was working in closed, he searched for another similar job, and found an open position in the La Jolla Comedy Store. He was given all sorts of jobs there for several years, before deciding to try creating his own stand-up shows. At first he got a chance to perform at La Jolla’s amateur nights, but was soon offered to do the openings for much appreciated comedians at the time, Carlos Mencia and Pauly Shore. Thanks to his talent, he was noticed and was asked to join the crew of one of the most famous comedy clubs in the US – The Comedy Store’owned by Mitzi Shore, located in Los Angeles, California. Following his more than successful performances at the store, he got the opportunity to become the only Asian member of the popular sitcom ‘MADtv’s’ cast, and worked on it from 2001 to 2009 when the show ended.
His career was flourishing, and he appeared in a great number of movies, such as “Laid in America”, “Hangover”, “The Dictator”, “Chelsea Lately” and “Animal Practice” as well as in TV series’ “What Would Diplo Do?”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Splitting Up Together” and many more. Speaking further about his career, it is well-known that he is a co-host with his wife Khalyla Kuhn of the podcast entitled “TigerBelly” which covers the topics of racism, politics, sexuality, the entertainment industry, etc. as well as popular culture. Their YouTube channel has more than 220,000 followers, and has attracted over 33 million views.
Bobby has successfully kept his personal life as private as possible, so there is no information about his dating history. His only publically known girlfriend is biochemist Khalyla Kuhn – they met on Tinder in early 2013 and started dating, and decided to marry in August 2016. The main topic surrounding the news about their marriage was Khalyla’s alleged thirst for money. A lot of Bobby’s fans hated her as they thought that she only married him because of his wealth. She denied these accusations by saying in a Twitter post that she lived a pretty decent life before Lee appeared. However, the couple seems to have a lot of fun together, which can be seen both in their YouTube podcasts and in Kuhn’s Instagram posts.
Bobby’s younger brother, Steve Lee, was born on the 25th August 1977. Similar to his brother, Steve faced the problem of drugs as well. When it comes to speak about his career, Steve looked up to Bobby, and made several appearances in “MADtv” thanks to him, following which Steve became recognized and joined David Chloe’s podcast entitled “DVDASA – Double Vag Double Anal Sensitive Artist”. In the next several years he performed with Eddie Kim, Asa Akira, Money Mark, Die Antwoord, Dylan Fujioka, and many others. Finally, he managed to create his own podcast entitled “The Steebee Weebee Show”.
— Bobby Lee (@bobbyleelive) March 13, 2017
It is estimated by authoritative sources that Bobby counts his net worth at the impressive amount of $1 million as of 2019, which has been accumulated through his career in the entertainment industry.