Currently appearing in the ninth and final season of the Emmy-winning “The Office” on
NBC, Robinson portrays acerbic Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin. He is definitely a
world away from his original career intentions; 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.
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.
His rise to success with “The Office” and his stand-up prowess quickly brought him to
the forefront with industry comedy maven Judd Apatow. Robinson made audiences question
their notions of vanity playing the sensitive bouncer in KNOCKED UP. He then kept audiences
glued to their seats as one of the henchman hunting Seth Rogen and James Franco’s bumbling
stoner characters in PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, and made fans squirm when he co-starred with
Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO.
In February of this year, he will be heard as a character in The Weinstein Company’s first
animated feature, ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH. And in May, finally getting his due with his
first leading man role, Robinson is starring in the comedy WE THE PEEPLES for Lionsgate and
producer Tyler Perry. Playing a pushy boyfriend, Robinson surprises his fiancé-to-be (Kerry
Washington) 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.
Later this summer, he appear as himself as part of the Hollywood juggernaut that makes
up the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comedy world. With the likes of James Franco, Paul
Rudd, Jason Segel, Seth Rogan, Emma Watson, Danny McBride, and a slew of their other actortype
friends, Sony Pictures’ THIS IS THE END tells us what will happen while attending a party
at James Franco's house the celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.
In June, Robinson will begin production alongside Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and story
addition Adam Scott on the sequel to the 2010 ensemble comedy feature HOT TUB TIME
MACHINE for MGM and director Steve Pink. The original story follows three grown men
(Corddry, Craig Robinson, 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.
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 his
HBO television series “East Bound & Down,” and voicing several characters on “The Cleveland
Show.” 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.” And taking a dramatically different role,
Robinson starred in the independent feature FATHER OF INVENTION with Kevin Spacey and
Robinson’s additional credits include the films THE GOODS with Jeremy Piven, MISS
March, WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY, Tyler Perry’s DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL and
television shows including “Friends,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He
also 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.
Robinson currently resides in Los Angeles.