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Pete Lee

Daily from Feb. 26-March 2
8 p.m.
Daily from March 1-2
10:30 p.m.

Back in December, Pete Lee appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for the fourth time. While that would be a bragging point for a lot of comedians, Lee, always humble, grateful, and pleasant, isn’t one for that. His memory of the night before is almost as entertaining as his jokes were. “I slept on an air mattress in my empty apartment,” he recalls. “I had already packed up everything and gotten rid of my furniture to move out to Los Angeles, so I only had the air mattress and my suit hanging up on the other side of the room.” This week, one of the funniest and most likeable comedians to ever come out of Acme will return to the place where he got his start. “I just celebrated my 21st anniversary in comedy,” he says. “I did my very first set at Acme, so to be able to come back and get to be a part of the club is really special to me.” In addition to his late-night appearances and nonstop touring schedule, Lee can be seen regularly on Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, talking about whatever’s going on in the world at the moment. But even with all of his success, he still gets just as charged up for Acme as he did over two decades ago. “Louis [Lee, Acme’s owner] has been such a mentor to me,” he says. “I have so many great friends there, and getting to work with the newer comics is so much fun.”