Thursday, June 21, 2007

Two Cents & Five Questions With...

... Craig Robinson, actor.

We watch Craig often on NBC's "The Office" as the Warehouse Foreman, Darryl Philbin. The man who is responsible for all of Michael Scott's wonderfully incorrect catch phrases such as "Dinkin' flicka" and "Pippity poppity, give me the zoppity."

A very busy stand-up comic, Craig has also had roles in movies such as "Knocked Up" and "Tyler Perry's: Daddy's Little Girls". Craig popped up on TV in shows such as "Arrested Development", "The Bernie Mac Show" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm".

Recently Craig took some time out of his stand-up work to spend some time with us and share his Two Cents & Five Answers!

TwoCents: Please tell the Two Cents readers about yourself and how you got your start in the "biz".
Craig Robinson: I got my start through comedy. Yes, open mic nights and improv classes at Second City in Chicago and of course acting classes. I was an elementary school teacher by day, comedian by night.

TC: Stand up and The Office. How do they differ for you?
CR: Stand up and the Office differ because one you are out there all alone, no teammates or second takes, you deliver the set up and punchline and the response is immediate. In essence you are the writer, director and performer. In the other you get to set up the joke and let others around you knock em down while receiving instructions on how it could be better. Pretty sweet either way I think.

TC: How are they the same?
CR: The similarities between the two, the translating an idea to an audience and making it funny, that's the good stuff.

TC: What fun websites do you visit for your own entertainment?
CR: Actually I could use some suggestions on fun websites but I do try to catch the office ones and if I was more computer savvy I would be all in the mix at

TC: What new projects do you have coming up?
CR: "Driving School" is an internet show done by Microsoft and Volvo where I play a driving instructor. We've got some solid writers so I'm pretty excited about it. Not sure when it's coming out though. "D-War" is a sci-fi action adventure with my friend Jason Behr of Roswell fame and "Walk Hard" is a Judd (the genius) Apatow joint. Oh yeah, Season 4 of "The Office".

Two Cents Bonus Question:
If someone were to climb off a desert island and only have time to watch five movies to learn what American cinema is all about, what five movies would you show them?
CR: A Fish Called Wanda, The Usual Suspects, Which Way Is Up?, L.A. Confidential, Pineapple Express.

SO MANY THANKS to Craig for sharing his time with us! Be sure to look for him in "Knocked Up" which is out right now as well as his other upcoming projects, his stand-up act, and of course next season on "The Office"!

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