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Old 07/14/2004, 7:49 PM
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Bobby was on tonight. He commented on Woodstock....so far

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Old 07/14/2004, 7:53 PM
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yeah I saw him. Wish Mo waas on

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Have they mentioned Mad at all............since its 10.30 in the east and they're showing 95

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Old 07/14/2004, 8:33 PM
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Nope not yet..

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Old 07/14/2004, 8:47 PM
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Default Bobby Lee on I love the 90's

Watching I love the 90's right now, and they started to talk about the PSX, and Bobby came up twice and talked about how much he played it, and how messed up his hands got from playing it.

[edit]Threads merged and moved.[/edit]

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Old 07/14/2004, 9:51 PM
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Since the this was the link from the "I love the '90s" thread, is this were we talk about I love the 90s in general? Just curious...
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Old 07/14/2004, 9:55 PM
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Yeah, just like you talk about Crossballs in general in the front page news thread on Andrew, you can talk about the 90's in general here.

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Old 07/14/2004, 10:29 PM
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Default Re: Re: Bobby Lee on I love the 90's

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Well, BUMMER they didnt mention MADtv. thats wiggety wack!
What did they say? I don't get VH1

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Old 07/14/2004, 10:31 PM
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They didn't say anything. The only thing that had to do with MAD TV ws Bobby himself. I was so mad.

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Yeah, just like you talk about Crossballs in general in the front page news thread on Andrew, you can talk about the 90's in general here.
Isn't that kinda contradictory? These threads are supposed to be about the castmembers themselves, but now you want everyone to discuss the entire show, things unrelated to Bobby Lee, in his thread? I'm not complaining here, but you move posts that are unrelated to topics out of threads usually, but now you are encouraging it.

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Old 07/14/2004, 10:42 PM
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Isn't that kinda contradictory? These threads are supposed to be about the castmembers themselves, but now you want everyone to discuss the entire show, things unrelated to Bobby Lee, in his thread? I'm not complaining here, but you move posts that are unrelated to topics out of threads usually, but now you are encouraging it.
Yeah, I agree...IMO, this seems like an innapropriate place to put the discussion about a tv show not entirely related to Bobby Lee....
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Old 07/14/2004, 10:58 PM
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Ok, I'm opening the thread back up, but please if anyone has anything to say about Bobby on the show, please post it here.

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Old 07/15/2004, 1:04 PM
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Default Bobby Lee on I Love The 90's!

I've been watching I Love The 90's and I just wanted to let everyone know that starting last night, Bobby Lee is one of the commenters. He's pretty funny. He made some hilarious comments about his Playstation in the "I Love 1995" episode.

No Mo and Debra yet, but hey. It's only 1/2 over.

[edit]Threads merged.[/edit]

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Mo isn't gonna be on I love the 90's. She was too busy when they asked her to do it............Plus I think there is another thread where this is already being discussed.

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Old 07/15/2004, 1:28 PM
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Default Re: Re: Bobby Lee on I Love The 90's!

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There are already TONS of threads about this

That'd be kind of wierd if the moderator didn't know that lol.

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Cat doesn't come around all that often.............So it may be that he might have missed them.............I don't know for sure.

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Bobby Lee a k a Connie Chung, et al. will go to any length for a laugh on Fox sketch show
By Lee Grant
UNION-TRIBUNE ARTS EDITOR
September 17, 2004



CRISSY PASCUAL / Union-Tribune

HOLLYWOOD Deep in the recesses of a studio lot where Lucille Ball used to work, Bobby Lee was being tossed on his head. His pals on Fox's smart "Mad TV" were at first howling, then concerned.

"Are you OK?" wondered cast member Ike Barinholtz, who did the tossing.

"I have a headache," said a wobbly Lee, making his way toward a cameraman.

Later, the diminutive Lee would acknowledge that it was a small price to pay for the most important thing in his life. "Anything for the laugh," he said.

Lee has been going for the laugh since his days at Painted Rock Elementary, Twin Peaks Middle School and Poway High. A raucous kid, he was forever getting into trouble along with younger brother Steven.

His traditional Korean parents owned clothing stores in Escondido and Encinitas, and it was expected that Bobby would take over the business. But there were few laughs peddling women's dresses.

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A poster gazing down of himself as North Korean President Kim Jong-Il, Bobby Lee found momentary shelter in his dressing room.

Late on a midweek afternoon, Lee was nestled in his funky dressing room at Hollywood Center Studios. He was tired, having worked his regular stand-up spot the night before at the famous Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. He'd made it home to his place in the hip Silver Lake neighborhood, but the "Mad TV" call was early (the show returns for its 10th season tomorrow night), and the cast and crew were counting on him.

In his fourth year, Lee, 32, has helped ignite a show deep with performing and writing talent, fashioning pieces more pointed and sharper than its competition, the venerable "Saturday Night Live" (which this year loses its most popular cast member, Jimmy Fallon).

Much of Lee's comedic work focuses on being Asian, dealing up front with stereotypes. He's appeared in sketches as Connie Chung, Michelle Kwan, Jackie Chan and a crazed North Korean President Kim Jong-Il.

In one memorable bit, Lee and former cast member Will Sasso played young professionals having a drink after work. Sasso drips salsa on his silk shirt and turns to Lee asking how to get the stain out. "You know, we all don't own a Chinese laundry," Lee says, "we all don't have buck teeth, we all don't speak with accents."

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Rehearsing a sketch set in a fast-food restaurant featuring his Baesung character, Lee went through the paces with cast member Paul Vogt (right) and actor Anthony Chow.

Knocking around San Diego in the '90s, Lee was looking for respect, struggling to find himself. He dropped out of Palomar College. "From 20 to 24 were the dark years," he said.

For a while, he washed dishes at the Pannikin in La Jolla, then worked as a waiter at the Brockton Villa restaurant overlooking La Jolla Cove. Meanwhile, not far away on Pearl Street, like a beacon, stood the Comedy Store. "I'd run over in my waiter's outfit and tend the door," said Lee. On open mike nights, he'd get onstage and tell stories of his family. What came back at him was thrilling: People laughed.

Lee moved in with Fred Burns, manager of the Comedy Store and a legendary comedy figure. Soon he was promoted to the challenging opening spot on Saturday nights. "People haven't gotten their drinks yet," said Lee. "They're tight. The crowd thinks you're the worst. They're waiting for the headliner. And if you do well . . . that's a feeling."

He did well. Lee was spotted by comedian Pauly Shore, son of Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore (a legend in her own right). Shore asked Lee to open for him in Las Vegas. From that, he became a regular at the L.A. Comedy Store, a venerated place where Richard Pryor had worked and Billy Crystal and Robin Williams and David Letterman.

Lee's mom and dad, now retired near Phoenix, never understood their wild, young son. "Usually Korean kids obey their parents," he said. "My brother (who also lives in L.A., works at a record store and occasionally as an actor) and I were just crazy. The Korean community in San Diego is tight. All the time when I was growing up, my mom would hear, 'You must be so ashamed of your son.' "

These days, though, there's great pride in what he's accomplished. "They've seen everything I've done," said Lee. "They watch the show. They saw me on 'The Tonight Show.' My mom is president of her golf club, and she says it's because of me."

Jeanie Lee recalls her oldest boy as "very smart but not on the academic side. He'd pretend to be Superman, running around the house in capes. I always pushed him hard, could be too hard, so maybe that's why he didn't become a lawyer or a doctor."

Lee and her husband, Robert, wanted "a 9-to-5 job for Bobby, a steady job, but now I don't worry. He asks me, 'Mom, are you proud of me now? I'm not a doctor or a lawyer.' He didn't go my way. He didn't do what I wanted him to. But he's honest, hard-working.

"We just love him. I'm very proud of him."

There's an insistent knock on Lee's dressing-room door summoning him to the set. The cast was gathering to film a series of new openings for the show. Everyone was instructed to look bored and put-out. Lee, on the other hand, would act happy and excited.

There's a hierarchy to this group. The stars are veterans like Aries Spears (whose characters include a childlike Shaquille O'Neal); Michael McDonald (a brilliant talent known for, among other unique portrayals, man-boy Stuart, a strange kid with "a dark place"); and Stephnie Weir (who plays giddy, silly Dr. Kylie Johnson).

But Lee, too, has garnered respect from "Mad TV" honchos. As he readied to rehearse a sketch featuring his Baesung character, a kind of clueless, every-Asian who speaks an unintelligible language, Lauren Dombrowski, the show's co-executive producer, expressed admiration for the guy she hired.

"I remember when Bobby auditioned for us," said the nine-year "Mad TV" veteran, whose huge chortles envelop the proceedings. "He entered the room and had this energy; you were compelled to watch him. Bobby's just intrinsically funny."

Now, Lee was hyper. Dombrowski quieted him down, making suggestions on his work. Cast member Paul Vogt (he of the stirring James Lipton impression), was also in the sketch. "Bobby," he said, "he doesn't hold back. He has great gifts. He can walk on and stand there, and he'll get laughs."

During a break, Lee's itching for a smoke. Outdoors, he parked himself on a curb and lit a Camel filter. He sipped a soda (Lee drinks nothing stronger; he's been sober for two years).

He thought about his "Mad TV" auditions, being called back seven times. "They saw hundreds and hundreds of people," said Lee, "winnowed down to 12" (many with improv skills Lee didn't possess and experience at celebrated training grounds like Second City and The Groundlings).

In the end, though, he said, "I had the best audition of my life. I did a character, a little guy who rips off his shirt. I walked out of the building like a rock star, and I could hear them laughing behind me."

Whether on "Mad TV," in the comedy clubs, or movies (he had a small but vivid role as an intense Ivy League college student in the underappreciated "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle"), Lee deals with being Asian and with stereotypes.

His work is not always appreciated by members of the Asian community. "Some have written I'm a disgrace," he said. "At first I was depressed, bummed. Then one night I was at the In&Out, and this bus pulled up. Like 30 kids got out, all Asian, and came up to me and said, 'Thank you.'

"You know, I don't care what people think. I love what I do. I have fun. My comedy is all about being me, being as personal as I can, who Bobby Lee is . . . my family, my friends, sex. I don't do politics or social commentary. It's all about who I am."

Lee even defends the notorious Miss Swan character, performed by former "Mad TV" cast member Alex Borstein, an Asian nail salon owner who babbles more than speaks. "Miss Swan is the single funniest thing I've ever seen," said Lee. "It's a thought-out piece of work. Miss Swan has a point of view.

"Members of the Asian community who don't like Miss Swan are the same Asians who don't like me."

His Connie Chung characterization doesn't please everyone: "Once, a female newscaster came up to me and said, 'You're an ugly Connie Chung.' " Lee hasn't met Chung, who's known to have a good sense of humor.

Though Lee portrays Asians satirically, there are limits. One writer ("he's no longer with us") fashioned for him a dog-eating sketch. "I said, 'I'm not reading that.' There are boundaries I won't go over."

The territory he savors most is family. In one sketch, Lee played an overbearing Little League dad, interrupting his kid's at-bat, pressing him to do well ("you get famous and I can retire"). "That's all about high expectations," said Lee. "Asian fathers I know do that. They've worked their tails off to come to this country like my parents did.

"That guy was my dad."

Heading back on stage, Lee walked by a spread of breakfast cereals, veggies, chips, bagels, cookies and other stuff for the cast and crew. He was yearning for macaroni and cheese.

Lee chatted with McDonald, who barely acknowledged him. "Bobby, when are you going to fix your hair like an adult?" said McDonald, "you're into your 30s, well into your 30s."

Dick Blasucci, executive producer and the show's boss, watched as the action, a parody of a "Friends" opening, got under way. "Bobby's an original," he said, keeping his voice down so Lee couldn't hear, "the connection he makes with an audience, they love him."

Director Bruce Leddy was shouting as the cast crowded into a working fountain, getting wet. Lee splashed water, irritating the others. "Everyone miserable but Bobby," bellowed Leddy.

Finally Barinholtz picked Lee up and tossed him out of the fountain.

"Owwwwwwwwww!" Lee cried, landing awkwardly on his head.

Barinholtz ran over to comfort him and planted a kiss.

Signaling he's OK, Lee was soothed by what he heard next. Everyone was laughing.
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Nooo! Not more Bae Sung!!

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after reading that I couldn't help but notice how that article made everyone else seem like asses and uptight high and mighties, and made Bobby seem like the happy go lucky nothing bothers him person.


That's just sad......

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