The comedian Bobby Lee initially rose to fame with his notable performances on Fox’s sketch comedy television series MADtv. After the show ended, he went on to become an actor, stand-up comedian and co-host of the podcast, TigerBelly. As of 2022, Bobby Lee has a net worth of $1.5 million.
On September 17, 1972, Robert Young Lee Jr. was born to a Korean family in San Diego, California. His parents are Robert Sr. and Jeanie, and he has a brother named Steve, who also grew up to be a comedian and musician.
Their mom and dad were owners of a clothing store and worked hard to provide for the family. Growing up, Bobby spent a lot of time in Poway and went to Painted Rock Elementary School.
Later on, he went to Twin Peaks Middle School and graduated from Poway High School. When he turned 18, he moved out of his parents’ place and enrolled in Palomar College but later dropped out.
As a young man he worked a lot of jobs after venturing out on his own. In 1994, he had the opportunity to try stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store. It was a success, and he later gained a small following which he grew over the years.
His parents wanted him to take over the family business, but Bobby had other plans. He started appearing on TV and eventually joined the main cast of MADtv in 2001. He was the first Asian member to join the series and sense of humor brought something new to the show.
His brother soon followed in his footsteps, and his parents even appeared in some sketches of the show. After MADtv ended in 2009, Lee made a name for himself as a renowned stand-up comedian and podcaster.
When he was still an aspiring comic, Bobby Lee got several acting roles in movies like Pineapple Express, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and The Dictator. He also starred in the ABC sitcom Splitting Up Together, along with several other TV shows.
In 2015, he started hosting the TigerBelly podcast with his wife, Khalyla Kuhn. The hosts and guests talk about personal experiences as well as current events that are often about Asian-American issues.
However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Bobby. In 2022, he had a feud with retired mixed martial artist Brendan Schaub. Schaub was accused of cheating on his wife which the MMA wasn’t too pleased about. Luckily they’ve buried the hatchet and are now on good terms again.
Net Worth and Earnings
Bobby Lee has made the majority of wealth through touring as a stand-up comedian for over a decade. He picked up various acting gigs in movies and TV series that helped pay the bills and build his profile.
The TigerBelly podcast makes money through Patreon and merch sales. Their revenue is expected to grow more as they take on bigger advertising partners. With his endeavors, the famous comedian is expected to have a net worth of $1.5 million.
Bobby Lee met Khalyla Kuhn on the dating site Tinder and they eventually got married in 2016. Along with the Brendan Schaub drama, the couple was rumored to have divorced in 2022. However, this was proven to be fake news. Lee and Kuhn are still happily married.