On Leave from Scranton

As laid-back warehouse guy Darryl, Craig Robinson is used sparingly on The Office. It’s not that he isn’t a major talent — he keeps appearing in Seth Rogan films, most recently Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Perhaps it’s because he plays one of the few normal people, like Pam and Jim, who are on the side of the audience. But he could turn into a stereotype, like Ryan the temp did when he became a coked-out executive and consequently got more screen time. Then again, the actor who plays Ryan is also a key writer for the show, and besides, Darryl is good at undermining Michael Scott. Moving on! However they write him, expect to keep seeing Robinson in films — this year he shows up as a Tuskegee Airman in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian and a funeral director in The Post Grad Survival Guide by Shrek co-director Vicky Jenson. And you’ll always see him on the stand-up stage, where he’s been since the beginning.
Jan. 2-3, 8 & 10:15 p.m., 2009

 
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