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Craig Robinson

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Craig Phillip Robinson (born October 25, 1971) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is best known for his roles on The Office as Darryl Philbin and in the films Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Hot Tub Time Machine.
Robinson was born in Chicago. He has appeared in feature films and television programs. He currently plays Darryl Philbin on the American version of The Office, and was promoted to a starring role in the fourth season. Robinson’s film work includes roles in Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, Fanboys, Daddy’s Little Girls, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Miss March. He has appeared in the television series Arrested Development, Lucky, Friends, Halfway Home and Reno 911! and in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Hump de Bump”. He is currently hosting the seventh season of Last Comic Standing.

Prior to a career in show business, Robinson was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School in Chicago, IL. He got his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and his masters of education from Saint Xavier University. He began doing stand-up and taking classes in improv and acting at The Second City in Chicago.

For a number of years Robinson and comedian Jerry Minor had a comedy act where they performed as musical duo “L. Witherspoon & Chucky”, with Minor as smooth singing “L. Witherspoon” and Robinson as “Chucky”, the keyboard player and back-up singer. They had performed the act on several stand-up shows on Comedy Central as well as on Real Time with Bill Maher and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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