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Craig Robinson

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Craig Robinson

Randy Shropshire/Getty Pictures for Netflix

Craig Robinson is an actor, comic, and musician who has starred in dozens of flicks, TV exhibits, and Pizza Hut commercials. He’s most likely finest identified for taking part in Darryl, the warehouse foreman on Workplace. When you consider it, it looks like he is the one one who’s truly cool on this office, which makes us cool by extension.

This interview has been edited for size and readability.

Pierre Sagall: Workplace is so superbly in style, I assume that is what most individuals affiliate you with once they meet you.

Craig Robinson: I agree, sure. You’re proper.

PS: Does it get overwhelming at occasions when everyone seems to be yelling “Darryl!” to you on the street?

No, they do different issues, like “scorching tub!” or one thing. However no, it is cool. I do know it comes from a spot of affection, so it is all the time good.

Now, one factor I want to speak to you about is, as a result of I am kinda proud, are you from Chicago?

Sure, I grew up right here.

And also you had been, if I am not mistaken, the son of a music trainer.

Sure, my mom taught music. After which I ended up educating Okay-8 music in Indiana close to Chicago.

So I do know you are a musician, and generally we see you performing in your numerous roles and performances. However you truly taught music to kids?

I used to be! I taught music from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Oh good? You had been Mr. Robinson?

It is appropriate.

My music lecturers weren’t so inspiring as a result of they had been very annoyed with our full incapacity to make music as younger kids. Have been you an excellent one? Did you want this job? Did you go after?

Being a music trainer was cool as a result of, you already know, I used to be doing these applications the place the children had been singing within the choir and stuff. In order that was tremendous. Children have even reached out to me until today, you already know, social media is loopy proper? “Hey, Mr. Robinson. It is so inspiring to look at you do your factor.” And I all the time inform them the identical factor. I am like, “Hey, I am not your trainer anymore. Please do not contact me.”

Are you able to clarify to me why kids study the recorder and nobody else in life has ever realized the recorder?

I want I might, but it surely’s one of many best issues to get them going, you already know? And it provides you some confidence when you begin enjoying. You play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and understand you are able to do it. You understand, that unlocked one thing. It’s their gateway.

And you continue to play music, do not you? You’ve a gaggle.

Sure, the scrumptious villain.

The scrumptious villain. And the way would you describe this music?

We’re funk blended with stench.

Do you actually want enjoying music to performing? I imply, as an actor or as a comic?

Ah, play music. I want I might simply… I’d simply play in a darkish room. That is all I wish to do.

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