Pete’s joyful humor comes from his Midwestern roots. He was raised in Janesville, WI, by divorced parents and a 19-inch television; he was destined to pursue a career in entertainment. Pete flew to New York to make his television debut on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend in 2005. The taping went so well that he decided to move to NYC. Soon after moving to NYC, he was selected to perform at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, where he was voted a standout performer! Pete Lee was the first standup comedian to get a standing ovation on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. This was after Jimmy personally attended one of Pete’s live shows in NYC and immediately invited him to be on the show.
Pete made his network television debut performing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2008, finishing as a semi-finalist. That same year, he made his television acting debut on the CBS Soap Opera, As The World Turns. At the end of 2008, he shot his own Comedy Central Half Hour Special. Subsequently, he earned a cult following at comedy clubs, and the opportunity to perform over the next ten years at 500 colleges across the country.
Later, Pete began producing and editing his own shows for the Internet in 2010. This led to his own web show on MSN.com called New York Minute:30. Notably, his web shows attracted the attention of talent scouts in 2012. As a result, he was hired to be a writer and cast member on FUSE TV’s Video on Trial, and the NFL Network’s Top 10’s. A year later, Pete was hired as a cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever, where he was a writer and cast member for three seasons. That same year, he made his late night television debut on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.
Star and Host
Currently, Pete is a cast member of TruTV’s Greatest Ever and hosts his own segment on Nickelodeon’s Nick Toons, in co-ordination with the NFL, called NFL Rush. He’s also a regular on TruTV’s Comedy Knockout and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. He starred in a documentary titled, I Need You to Kill, that is now available on iTunes and Amazon. If you haven’t heard of Pete Lee yet, prepare to tell other people.