Comedian Bobby Lee reveals racist abuse he endured from a famous director

Bobby Lee began his career in the late 1990s, and during that time, he was primarily involved in stand-up comedy and sketch comedy rather than major film or television projects. As a result, it’s not common to find extensive information about his collaborations with directors in the 1990s. During this period, he might have been involved in various comedy clubs, stand-up shows, and potentially smaller television appearances.

Comedian Bobby Lee recently opened up about experiencing racist abuse from a famous director in the 1990s on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Lee explained that the unnamed director, who he described as a “big director” that is “still doing movies,” called him a “pan face g**k” while on set. Lee said this happened in the 1990s, when such abusive behavior was more tolerated in Hollywood.

“He called the other actress a w*ore. This is back, you know, when it wasn’t…” Lee recounted. He also confirmed the director was still alive.

Lee’s credits reveal he worked with several famous directors. Now Lee’s IMDB credits don’t really have him working on any prominent projects in the 90s, however early 2000s are a different story.

Judd Apatow: Bobby Lee appeared in Apatow’s films like “Pineapple Express” (2008) and “Love” (TV series).

Todd Phillips: Bobby Lee had a role in the comedy film “The Hangover” (2009), directed by Todd Phillips.

Nicholas Stoller: Bobby Lee had a small role in the comedy film “Get Him to The Greek” (2010), directed by Nicholas Stoller.

Lee said he has also faced abusive behavior from other directors like Michael Bay, who once “grabbed my face aggressively” while working on a commercial shoot.

The comedian said he now tries to only work on projects where he feels wanted and comfortable. But he understands that as an Asian American actor starting out in comedy clubs in the 90s, he was in a more vulnerable position when these incidents occurred.

“Back then, I experience that s*t,” Lee said. “In the nineties, I experienced that s*it.”

Lee’s revelation highlights racist and abusive behavior that was often tolerated in old Hollywood. While improvements have been made, Lee’s story shows that toxic environments can still exist on sets where actors feel pressured to endure unprofessional conduct.

Lee seems to have adopted a policy of removing himself from such situations, a luxury that many up-and-coming performers do not have.

This podcast appearance marked a momentous occasion. Lee hasn’t been on Rogan’s podcast for almost a decade as to not be seen as exploiting Rogan’s influence despite the two being fond of each other.

However Lee and Rogan haven’t always been friends. The friendship was marred by the infamous Carlos Mencia incident. While Mencia was a patron of Lee’s early in his career, Rogan butted heads with him over the mistreatment of other up and coming comics.

Rogan famously called out Mencia on the Comedy store stage – and got banned for it. Rogan was followed by a videographer at the time and asked Lee to corraborate joke stealing attempts, Lee tried to be diplomatic and asked to not be included in video. This wish was not respected.

Mencia’s career dwindlwed and Rogan had compltely transformed his thanks to a belief in podcasting and curating a community of listeners.