Panelist, "The Marriage Ref"
Craig Robinson currently stars on NBC's hit comedy "The Office" as sarcastic Dunder-Mifflin warehouse worker Darryl Philbin. Starting Monday, June 7th, he will host "Last Comic Standing" on NBC.
He recently co-starred in the MGM laugher "Hot Tub Time Machine" with Rob Corddry and John Cusack. In a dramatically different role, Robinson will soon be seen in the independent feature "Father of Invention" with Kevin Spacey and Camilla Belle. The film recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Robinson can also be heard this summer in the final chapter of the Shrek films, "Shrek Forever After."
In the past few years, he has made his mark in the film world as well, stealing scenes in every project in which 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. Robinson's additional credits include the films "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" and Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls," and television shows including "Friends," "The Bernie Mac Show," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Robinson continues to build 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 comedic 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 "Zach 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.
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.
Robinson currently resides in Los Angeles.