“People invite me to a party and go, ‘Run around naked and do cocaine and, like, hump people,’ and I’m going, ‘Nah ... I’ll just stand in the corner,’” Lee says with a laugh.
“I think people just think I am crazy because they see me doing stand-up, but I am generally not. I am very sad. I’m one of those guys that lights candles and listens to Rachmaninoff.”
All kidding aside, the Korean-American comic has hit his mark in what most people consider a grueling profession.
“But I love the business that I am in,” Lee says. “Those ups and downs — so painful — but it’s like having tiny, little lotteries.”
Lee first emerged out of La Jolla’s Comedy Store in the 1990s and later found glory on the long-running Fox sketch show “MADtv.” His parodies of Connie Chung, North Korean President Kim Jong Il and John McCain particularly stood out. Film roles in “Kickin’ It Old Skool” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” followed.
Recently, he’s been in the roundtable on “Chelsea Lately.” He also is appearing in an upcoming episode of the new NBC sitcom “Sean Saves The World,” starring Sean Hayes.
“I would say comedy has changed in that I’m no longer the young guy,” Lee says about his own evolution. “Now, I’m in a comedy club and I’m ‘the middle-aged guy.’ So, it’s not that comedy has changed in terms of what’s funny. For me, it’s changed in that sometimes, I don’t feel my finger is on the pulse.
“I talk about how I feel about certain things,” he adds. “But there’s also certain things that kids say that I don’t know anything about. Like, when they go, ‘LMFAO,’ I don’t know what that means. I learned LOL only a week ago. I just don’t know anything. I mean — I just learned what twerking is.”
IF YOU GO
Where: Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. today, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $22 to $25
Contact: (415) 397-7573, www.punchlinecomedyclub.com