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Hosted byBobby Lee
Khalyla Kuhn
Gilbert Galon
GenreVideo podcast (audio version available)
Length60-90 minutes
Original releaseSeptember, 2015 – present
WebsiteTigerBelly on YouTube

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TigerBelly is a weekly audio and video comedy podcast. It is hosted by comedian Bobby Lee, Khalyla Kuhn and actor Gilbert Galon in Los Angeles, California.

The show's roundtable format features light banter and general humorous discussion about the lives of the hosts who are Asian Americans working in the entertainment industry in Hollywood.

The show's intro song "Shadow Gook" was written, produced and performed by Bobby Lee.

The show[edit]

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From left to right: Producer George Kimmel with hosts Bobby Lee, Khalyla Kuhn and Gilbert Galon.

A typical episode begins with an improvisational a capella performance by Bobby Lee. The hosts then go on to discuss events from their lives and news topics from popular culture, often revolving around Asian American issues related to the entertainment industry.[1][2][3], adolescence, sexuality, ethnicity, racism and politics.

Towards the end of the show, host Gilbert Galon reads listener questions, which are addressed in a segment jokingly referred to as "Unhelpful Advice". Periodically, the end of the show features a segment called "The MMA minute" in which the hosts discuss mixed martial arts and the UFC.

Tilda Swinton controversy[edit]

In episode 71[4], guest Margaret Cho recounted an incident that occurred between herself and actress Tilda Swinton[5][6][7]. According to Cho, Swinton contacted her via email to discuss the Asian American community's reaction to the news that Swinton had been cast to play the character Ancient One in the movie version of Doctor Strange[8]. In the original comic book, the character is tibetan. According to Swinton, she contacted Cho in order to better understand why Asian Americans were upset about the casting[9]. On the show, Cho tells Lee and Kuhn that she found the inquiry strange since she didn't know Swinton and had never talked to her before, nor did she have anything to do with the movie or casting.

On December 21st, Swinton released the email exchange between herself and Cho to the website Jezebel.[10][11][12] In response to the release, Cho stated that she stands by her words both on TigerBelly and in the email exchange[13][14]

Notable episodes[edit]

  • TigerBelly 29 and 34: Asa Akira
  • TigerBelly 35 and 36: Charlie Finn
  • TigerBelly 57: Stephen Rannazzisi
  • TigerBelly 69: Michael Rosenbaum
  • TigerBelly 71: Margaret Cho
  • TigerBelly 80: Chris D'Elia
  • TigerBelly 85: Jordan Peele


TigerBelly episodes are released in audio format on iTunes and SoundCloud on Wednesdays and in video format on YouTube on Fridays.


The show's YouTube channel periodically releases additional 10-minute video vlogs.

Name origin[edit]

The name originates from an episode of the podcast DVDASA where Bobby Lee referred to his new girlfriend Khalyla using the codename "Tigerbelly".


  1. “Bobby Lee Yelled at Steven Yeun for Even Auditioning for a 5-Line Part in a Movie” Vulture.com, Retrieved 28 January 2017
  2. “Bobby Lee Angry That Steven Yeun Has to Audition for Nothing Parts” The Blemish, Retrieved 28 January 2017
  3. “2016: The Year in Asian-Americans Fighting Back in Hollywood” Vulture.com, Retrieved 28 January 2017
  4. "TigerBelly Episode 71: Margaret Cho and the Yellow Telephone" at 29 minutes, 25 seconds on YouTube
  5. “Margaret Cho reveals 'weird' talk with Tilda Swinton” USA Today, Retrieved 28 January 2017
  6. “When Swinton and Cho talk race, the point's lost in translation” NPR, Retrieved 28 January 2017
  7. “Margaret Cho Emailed Tilda Swinton Over Doctor Strange Controversy: ‘I Felt Like a House Asian’” Yahoo!, Retrieved 28 January 2017
  8. "'Doctor Strange' Whitewashing: MANAA Blasts Tilda Swinton Casting in 'Doctor Strange'" Variety, Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  9. “Update: Tilda Swinton Responds to Margaret Cho’s Account of Whitewashing Conversation” Vanity Fair, Retrieved 28 January 2017
  10. "Tilda Swinton Sent Us Her Email Exchange with Margaret Cho About Doctor Strange, Diversity, and Whitewashing" Yezebel, Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  11. "Race, Hollywood and 'Doctor Strange': Margaret Cho and Tilda Swinton, Annotated"The New York Times, Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  12. “Tilda Swinton Releases Email Exchange With Margaret Cho Over 'Doctor Strange' Whitewashing Controversy” Yahoo!, Retrieved 28 January 2017
  13. “Margaret Cho Responds To The Tilda Swinton Email Controversy” PerezHilton.com, Retrieved 28 January 2017
  14. “Margaret Cho on Tilda Swinton conversation: Emails stand on their own” Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved 28 January 2017

External links[edit]

Updated with references to subject in USA Today, Vanity Fair, Yahoo! News, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Perez Hilton, Vulture and more.[edit]

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