Craig Phillip Robinson is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and singer. He is best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on The Office, and his roles in the films Pineapple Express, Miss March, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Shrek Forever After, Hot Tub Time Machine and This Is the End.
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Let's roll with it!
My latest movie is HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2, which is opening today 2/20 in theaters everywhere.
Victoria's helping me out over the phone. Let's get started!
Update: Thank you all so much for your questions. Wish we coulda gotten to everybody. Hopefully they'll let me do another one in the future. But I really appreciate you sharing your time with me and enjoy the movie - MUWAHH!!
And Tamron Hall is my Great White Buffalo.
Do you give a fuck about discretion?
Craig! Big fan of The Office and Pineapple Express. My question is how do you spend your typical day?
Get up, go to the gym.
After driving past the gym, go get some breakfast.
Field some emails and phone calls.
Go back to the gym, and say "I'm doing it this time."
Get distracted, remember an appointment, go to said appointment, get some lunch.
Wallow in pity about not going to the gym.
In the evening, I will probably prepare for tomorrow. Focus on going to the gym the next day.
Craig is anyone allowed to touch your Dodge Dart?
Huge fan of your work. I especially loved This is the End. How hard was it to keep a straight face with so many hilarious people in the cast? Who was the person that made people break the most during takes?
It was next-to-impossible to keep a straight face, but at some point, you realize it's what you're paid to do. And Danny McBride was the one who cracked everybody up the most.
What do you miss most about playing Darryl and being a part of The Office? I'd imagine it was very emotional while shooting the finale.
I loved you in This Is the End as well! You're hilarious. Can't wait to see more of you, especially Mr. Robinson!
Thank you so much!
Hope you enjoy HOT TUB. Darryl, I miss Darryl and everythin' about playing him. It was the character that pretty much introduced me to the world. So yea, it was very emotional, and just the fun of being entertained on-set everyday by those caliber actors, and being counted as one, was awesome.
But I am headed into a new venture with NBC called "Mr. Robinson," so Darryl has propelled me to that height.
Craig, I have to let you know that your line "Now who the fuck brought alligators??" as DJ Request in the goods is by far the funniest thing I've ever heard you say. What's the one line fans recite the most when they bump into you?
"I seen't it"
Craig, who is your great white buffalo?
Are you going to do more work with Franco and Rogen?
So Craig, what was the first joke you ever told on stage? How did it go?
I said "Jesus musta been black, and had an Afro, because where else did he hide all that fish and bread?"
It didn't go that well.
What is the best burger you have ever eaten? What is your favorite beer?
Oh, hamburger...gosh, what's the place? It's a place in... not Iowa...just outside of Columbia, Missouri, there's a place with a burger - I can't remember the place - but the burger was insane. I can almost taste it right now, and this was like, 7 years ago! It was pretty incredible. I just probably got plain lettuce, tomato, and ketchup, and cheese but WOOO! It was insane! And the bread - oh, dear God, the bread...
Favorite beer, right now, is Kronenberg.
Hello Craig. Big fan.
Your performance in Rapture-Palooza is among the funniest of your career but it also stands out as one of your most unusual film choices. What led you to choosing to play the Antichrist in this amusing, overlooked film?
I liked the way his brain worked. He would contradict himself, and take a whole paragraph to do it. I thought that was pretty funny!
What is Dwight like off set?
Focused. Focused, with a wicked sense of humor.
After your role in Knocked Up, do bouncers at clubs ever thank you for being the face of their nightly struggle?
Whats your favorite NFL team?
What happened in Cincinatti and what's in the shoebox in the closet?
Now, you know there's no way I can answer that.
Let's make HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 3 happenin' and then we can answer those questions.
Hey Craig, love your roles on Office, HTTM, and Brooklyn Nine Nine!
Is there a song you like to play on the piano that people wouldn't expect?
Like, I'm talking My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion, 1000 Miles by Vanessa Carlton, I Can Tell That We Are Gonna Be Friends by the White Stripes type stuff.
Um, FOOLISH GAMES by Jewel.
Hey Craig, want to kick it in Madison, WI?
Whadyou mean, would I like to? I have kicked it there, and it's awesome!
Who can handle your midriff?
There's only a few. And they are chosen.
Craig... When was the sweatiest you've ever been and how sweaty was it? Like in terms of liters of sweat and what brought it on?
Um...probably 100 liters? And I had lied to my father, and I was awaiting punishment.
If you could collaborate with any artist and make a full album who would you chose?
Earth Wind and Fire.
Who is your best smelling co-star of all time?
Kerry Washington. She smells like rainbows and sunshine.
How did you get your voice to be so smooth and soulful?
Hehe! Thank you.
It's a gift.
CRAIG!! I feel like there has to be a good story behind the name “ The Nasty Delicious” . How did it come about?
"The Nasty Delicious" is... the "nasty" is for funky. And the "delicious" is just cuz they play so good. Yeah. I wish there was a better story, haha!
why do you think Darryl fucked with Michael so much?
Because Michael needed it.
Just wondering, is there such a thing a free titties?
No. Not at all. Not even if you have beads, in some cases.
When are you going to host SNL?
When I get the invitation!
What was the punishment?
A beatdown. Is that too sad to say? It was a different time.
Do you actually own a Dodge Dart?
I saw you in New Orleans this past week. Can you just give us a little glimpse of how fucking epic your Mardi Gras was?
It was absolutely incredible. The energy was BEYOND anything I've ever experienced.
Have you ever thought of releasing a full length album of original and covered songs? Possible celebrity duets?
There's definitely an album in the future.
Whats the 1 role/movie that got away? or a career role?
The 40 Year Old Virgin, the manager.
Say I'd never seen anything you were in. What one thing of yours would you recommend I watch and why?
Because of the emotional roller coaster I take you on.
Hi Craig! I want to make my husband a special dinner, what do you suggest?
Sushi. Sushi, and shape it in little hearts.
You play an exaggerated version of yourself in This is the End. What parts of your actual personality did you want to make sure came through in the performance? What was it like adding fictionalized personality traits that might differ greatly from your actual self?
Well, there's a part in there where I say I gouged a guy's eyeballs out? So that's not real, you know. That was weird. But the other stuff, you know - as far as the real stuff, I wanted to make sure I said "Take your panties off" in my song.
Do you prefer waffles? Or are you a pancake kinda man?
Waffles. Pancakes fill me up, so fast.
Do you think you would be responsible enough to have a Gremlin as a pet? How badly would this end? What I am trying to say is you should be in a Gremlins remake.
I would love to be in a GREMLINS remake. And I actually own 3 Gremlins. I have no idea where they are now.
What's your favorite type of pizza?
And, would you eat this pizza in a hot tub?
ALL DAY LONG!
Love you in This is the End. What does Emma Watson smell like?
Hehe! I don't recall? Hehehe! But I can tell you she is super-sweet, and super-fun.
Craig, who do you think is going to end up winning the throne in Game of Thrones? Would you want to act in a serious drama like that? Also, you're kinda funny. Keep up the good work champ!
Uh... I'm on the second season, so please don't spoil it for me.
Lannisters, is my hope! Because, first of all, I wish what'shisname would come back, the one they killed. But I mean, Lannisters just seem so noble - wait, no, it's the Starks, yeah. That's what I meant.
I'm like, one episode into the second season. I'm really behind! I need to do some binge-ing!
And yes, I'd love to act in something like Game of Thrones. Absolutely.
favorite place to eat in Los Angeles?
BEST BLUE CRAB HANDROLLS IN THE CITY.
Your musical improv ability has been used to great comedic effect on screen with The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine and the Dodge commericals but is that also something you bust out on set just for fun or at parties?
Yeah, if there's a piano around, then that's where I'm going. So yes.
I've met you a few times at the comedy store. As a huge huge office fan, and a fan of people having their privacy, I was wondering how you personally feel about all the people you get coming up to you when you're just trying to enjoy a drink, a smoke, or a sandwich? You always seem to get tons of attention.
Also sorry about nervous blonde girls - one of them was me.
You know, I know where the people are coming from, you know? I feel it's like little flowers blooming everywhere, when they come say hello. And for the most part, you know, people respect when you're eating, or stuff like that, so it's cool.
Was that close to how you looked when you were younger in real life when you looked in the mirror in HTTM 1?
I did have a hi-top fade like that, in college. So if I can find one of those pictures, I'll post 'em, but yes. But I wasn't as handsome as that dude.
Flippity floppity give the boppity has grown a little stale, what are some new cool slang terms I can start saying around the office?
Um... I can't offer that up, in honor of THE OFFICE having wrapped.
Would you be willing to be in my film "Dark Country"? A fictional movie about the first famous african american country star (your co-star would be woody harrelson playing a washed up drunk former star)
Send it to my manager.
How much fun was doing the PG porn?
Oh, we had a great time! James Gunn, you know, I didn't know what I was in for, but we were crackin' up the whole day.
Hi Craig - when was the last time you had a chimichanga?
About 7 years ago, 8 years ago, 10 years ago.
10 years ago.
WAITWAITWAIT WAIT - they served them on THE OFFICE from time-to-time, so I bet about 3 years ago.