Former WOUB Student Prepares for Book Release

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Robert G. Lee worked as a student at WOUB in the late 1970s

ATHENS, OH – A former WOUB student volunteer is getting ready to have a big month. Comedian Robert G. Lee has written a book that will be released November 18. The book is called What’s the Big idea? A Comedian Explains God, the Universe and Other Minor Stuff.

Fake Book Cover
In the months before the book’s release, Lee released several “gag” book covers. The above is one of them.

“I’m a strange person in the world,” said Lee laughing. “I’m a person of faith who happens to believe in science and makes fun of everything. So, that’s what this book is about. It’s an intersection between faith and science from a smart aleck’s point of view.”

Lee has been a comic in Hollywood since 1987. He warms up crowds with live audiences and has worked on shows like The Drew Carey Show and Wings. Most recently he was the warm-up comic for Norman Lear’s reboot of One Day at a Time.

Originally from Indianapolis, Lee graduated from Ohio University in 1979 with a degree in radio and television. While a student, he created a radio program at WOUB called Fox Paw (A Social Blunder). 

“Ohio University and WOUB set me up for my career as a comedian and a writer. It all started in Athens,” said Lee. “Ohio University was pivotal in making me the person I am today. You’re seeing everything and absorbing everything. You hear different points of view, and you come up with whatever you think is the smartest one.”

Lee says his book talks about two big questions in life: Why are we here, and how are we here?  And the foundation of the book is finding things we all can agree on. 

“I was so depressed. Everybody is arguing about everything, and my job as a comedian is to make people happy,” said Lee. “Society has resorted to name calling if you don’t believe what I believe. This book is a conversation to look at things logically. By having fun with it, instead of making fun of people, I’m trying to build bridges so we can all get along.”

The book will be available on Amazon in paperback, hardback and on Kindle.

“I trained myself at Ohio University how to be a productive citizen, and I think this book is a wonderful reflection of that.”