Neptune Theatre University District
Sun Oct 20, 7 pm All Ages
Recommended by Dave Segal
Craig Robinson is a comic, actor, and musician who looks (and kind of sounds) like the late, great fusion keyboardist George Duke. On the screen, he’s been an animatedly deadpan laff riot in The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hot Tub Time Machine, Pineapple Express, and other projects. His stand-up routines are actually more like a sit-down act, as Robinson deftly plays keyboards and sings soulfully, as he rewrites the lyrics of popular tunes to hilarious effect. While comedy rarely works in music, music in comedy has a much more successful hit-to-miss ratio. To get an idea of Robinson’s ingenuity, check out the “sexy public domain songs” segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, in which he reinvents utterly shopworn songs into something fresh and funny.