Pete Lee was the first comedian to get a standing ovation on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. That’s probably because Pete fits Jimmy’s brand of humor perfectly. Pete’s joyful comedy mixes sharp wit with a Wisconsin accent to absolutely roast himself on stage.
In 2005, Pete flew to New York to make his television debut on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and 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.
In 2008 Pete made his network television debut performing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing finishing as a semi-finalist. That same year, he made his television acting debut on the CBS Soap Opera As The World Turns, lasting two episodes! At the end of 2008, he then shot his own Comedy Central Half Hour Special, which earned him a cult following at comedy clubs, and the opportunity to perform over the next five years at 800 colleges across the country.
In 2010 Pete began producing and editing his own shows for the Internet which led to getting his own web show on MSN.com called New York Minute:30. His web shows attracted the attention of television talent scouts and in 2012 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.
In 2013, Pete was hired 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. Shortly after, Pete began hosting his own segment on Nickelodeon’s Nick Toons, in coordination with the NFL, called NFL Rush. He also recently appeared on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and had his own Comedy Central Snapchat Show titled Pete and Giulia Go Through Each Other’s Phones. Currently, he is a writer/cast member on TruTV’s Greatest Ever and a regular on TruTV’s Comedy Knockout.
Most recently, Pete made his debut on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and after his standing ovation, Jimmy personally named Pete a regular on the show. This led to Pete’s second appearance on the show where Jimmy invited him to sit down on the couch afterwards. And notably, his 2nd Tonight Show appearance went viral on Facebook where it got over 6.5 million views in under a week.
If you haven’t heard of Pete Lee yet, prepare to tell other people.