Between his manic antics, his raunchy stand-up and his willingness to get naked, there’s never much time between Bobby Lee showing up and his audience doubling over in laughter. Lee may be most famous for his iconic roles and catchy catchphrases on MADtv (“Uh-oh! Hot dog!”), but he’s also featured on the small screen in Judd Apatow’s Love, the new Magnum P.I. and the trendy game show Game On! His film career consists of one memorable comic cameo after another, in cult classics such as Pineapple Express, The Dictator and Harold and Kumar 3D. Today he’s the host of two popular podcasts, including the kickass Tiger Belly. Bobby recently took the time to Zoom with HUSTLER, baring his soul about everything from sobriety to pursuing dreams, from chuckle fuckers to his nickname The Slept King to talking books with Rob Gronkowski.
HUSTLER: Bobby Lee, I don’t want to start this off on the wrong foot, but is there any truth to the rumor that you are a Ping-Pong enthusiast?
BOBBY LEE: Hahaha! It’s not like ethnically I’m drawn to Ping-Pong. It doesn’t call my name. But I’m a small guy, and I can’t hold a tennis racket. Really, I can’t. So Ping-Pong is it for me. I can hold the racket, the ball’s not heavy, and I’m quick too! When you’re small, you’re quick, right? So it’s a perfect sport for me. I grew up playing it with my family, but I’m still no Judah Friedlander, man. Seriously, there are a couple of comics who are masters, like Judah and Frank Caliendo, but I have to admit, I beat Paul Banks, the lead singer of Interpol. He’s a white guy, kind of ripped, but when I beat him, my friend, it was like a victory over rock and roll. It was like comedy versus rock and roll, and I put the comedy world on my shoulders, and I beat that little fucker three games to two. I destroyed him, man!
Did that result in any groupie action for you?
Nah, I’m in a relationship, and I don’t cheat on my girlfriend. But, dude, if I didn’t have a girlfriend, I would have had loads of Chinese chicks up in my shit, you know what I mean? It would’ve been the best.
I interviewed Judah Friedlander a couple years back. Have you ever played him?