Bobby Lee stars in NBC’s new comedy series “Animal Practice” as Dr. Yamamoto, an offbeat veterinarian who is devoted to his practice, but equally devoted to gambling and partying with the rest of the staff. Here’s more about the show:
“Animal Practice” is a new comedy centering on Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk, “Weeds,” “Angels in America”), a top veterinarian with an impressive list of famous animal patients at the Crane Animal Hospital – a bustling New York City veterinary practice where it often seems as if the patients are running the place. Despite his unorthodox style, George has an undeniable gift with animals of all kinds – except the human kind. Much to his chagrin, George recently learned that his ex-girlfriend, Dorothy Crane (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, “Better with You”), has inherited the family business and is now George’s boss. Whip-smart and ambitious, Dorothy shakes up the hospital as she brings order to the chaos and butts heads with George’s animal-friendly administration.
Tyler Labine (“Reaper,” “Sons of Tucson”) plays Dr. Doug Jackson, a vet who’s great with animals, but hapless in matters of the heart; Bobby Lee (“Harold & Kumar”) stars as Dr. Yamamoto; Kym Whitley (“We Bought a Zoo”) stars as Juanita; and newcomer Betsy Sodaro (“The Nick Show Kroll”) stars as Nurse Angela. Dr. Rizzo, the resident capuchin monkey at Crane Animal Hospital and George’s closest companion is played by Crystal (“The Hangover II,” NBC’s “Community”).
Animal Practice Promo Trailer
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More about Bobby Lee
A native of San Diego, California, Lee was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps, running the family clothing store. After stints in a local rock band and at the local community college, he was spotted by Frank Burns, the legendary manager of La Jolla’s Comedy Store.
In 1995, Pauly Shore saw Lee onstage and asked the young comedian to open for him in Las Vegas. It was at that point that Lee met Shore’s mother, the celebrated owner of the Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore. Lee became a regular at the club, and also went on the road with the comic Carlos Mencia.
Lee went on to gain success from there, including landing a cast role on “MADtv.” Joining the show in 1999, Lee quickly became an audience favorite on the long-running sketch show, which in total aired for 14 seasons. Lee became known for his unique brand of painâ€inducing, physical humor. He created such memorable original characters as the comically confused film critic Johnny Gan, the world’s worst interpreter Bae Sung, and hapless warrior the Blind Kung Fu Master. Audiences have loved his takes on such realâ€world figures as Connie Chung and North Korean President Kim Jong-il, and a memorable take on presidential hopeful John McCain.
Lee’s film credits include “Kickin’ It Old School” and “Killer Pad”; both features will be released later this year. In summer 2004, he appeared in the big screen comedy “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” Lee also appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Mind of Mencia,” and has performed standâ€up on “Late Friday,” “Premium Blend” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
He currently lives in Los Angeles.