As a comedian, Bobby Lee has to travel a lot. He's getting a little annoyed with airport security. "They have a big sign that says, 'Weapons Prohibited,'" he tells an audience. "They have pictures of weapons, like we don't know what weapons look like. There was picture of a gun, knife, nun chucks, and a Chinese star. I'm thinking, 'Are there a lot of ninjas that fly Southwest?'" He adds, "There are ninjas, but they're not going to go through security checkpoints. They're going to sneak around it." Lee is probably best-known for his stint on MADtv, where he spent eight seasons as a cast member, playing characters such as Johnny Gan, Bae Sung, and "Average Asian," as well as doing various impressions like Connie Chung and Kim Jong-il. However, Lee didn't feel he'd really made an impact on the show until his own material was being used. His non-heritage-specific sketches simply revolved around his life, a life his folks, at first, didn't like very much. After moving out at age 18, Lee worked odd jobs in his native San Diego, one of which just happened to be at the Comedy Store. A few months in, he went onstage during amateur night, and though he didn't do very well, he stuck with it. Never losing his stick-to-it attitude, he's not only become a TV star, but a headlining standup comedian. 18+; 21+ later shows.
May 20-22, 8 p.m.; May 21-22, 10:30 p.m., 2010