Currently appearing in the seventh season of the Emmy-winning “The Office” on NBC, Robinson portrays acerbic Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin. In the past few years, he has made his mark in the film world as well; stealing scenes in every project he appears. He made audiences question their notions of vanity playing the sensitive bouncer in KNOCKED UP, kept them glued to their seats as one of the henchman hunting Seth Rogen and James Franco’s bumbling stoner characters in PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, and shocked them silly at the end of FANBOYS as the surprise guest playing a THX Security Guard on site at Lucas Ranch. The upcoming year finally gives fans what they have been waiting for with Robinson turning spotlight moments into leading roles.
Next up for Robinson is the comedy, WE THE PEEPLES, due out in 2013 from Lionsgate and producer Tyler Perry. A pushy boyfriend (Robinson) surprises his fiancé-to-be who is on a trip home to visit her family, and discovers that the family is not only surprised to see him, but has never even heard of him. Robinson stars with Kerry Washington and David Alan Grier.
This spring, Robinson starred in the ensemble comedy feature HOT TUB TIME MACHINE for MGM and director Steve Pink. The story follows three grown-up men (Robinson, Rob Corddry, and John Cusack) as they visit the hot tub where they once partied, discover it is now a time machine, and travel back to their raunchy heyday in the mid-1980’s. has never even heard of him.
In May, Robinson was heard in the final chapter of the SHREK film series, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, as one of the new characters being introduced to the repertoire, a member of the ogre clan and the camp’s resident chef named “Cookie.” Taking a dramatically different role, Robinson recently completed the independent feature FATHER OF INVENTION with Kevin Spacey and Camilla Belle. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and is due out nationwide later this year. Also this summer, Robinson trumpeted his hosting skills. He served as host of the seventh season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and the VH1 HIP HOP HONORS Awards.
Robinson has made it a point to flesh out every element of his resume, turning in a hilarious cameo in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN as one of the Tuskegee Airman, lending his comedy genius to fellow Apatow devotee Danny McBride in an episode of his HBO television series “East Bound & Down,” and starring in several comedies including MISS MARCH and THE GOODS with Jeremy Piven. He also co-starred with Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO and turned up as a preacher in the demonstrative web video celebrity push in support of Gay rights, “PROP 8: THE MUSICAL” with Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Beginning as a stand-up comedian, Robinson first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal “Just For Laughs” Festival. That year, he also won the Oakland Comedy Festival Awards and the Miller Genuine Draft 1996 Comedy Search. He soon went on to perform his act on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Now headlining venues and festivals across the country, he does both solo acts as well as full-band sets – “The Nasty Delicious” – tying together his lyrical comedy with his finesse at the piano. Whether Robinson shows up with just his keyboard or also with his seven-man band, the clubs are packed to the brims with raucous laughter in response to the musical comedy on display.
Robinson’s additional credits include the films WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY and Tyler Perry’s DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL and television shows including “Friends,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Before deciding to pursue his comedy career full time, Robinson was a K-8 teacher in the Chicago Public School System. He earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and his Masters of Education from St. Xavier University. It was while he was studying education in Chicago that he also discovered his love of acting and comedy when he joined the famed Second City Theatre.
Craig Robinson currently resides in Los Angeles.