It turns out that Craig Robinson’s (The Office) new NBC comedy has more in common with its star than just a name. In Mr. Robinson, Robinson plays a musician who substitute teaches a Chicago high-school music class to pay the bills.
“I came up in Chicago, taught in Chicago, and I have a band named The Nasty Delicious,” Robinson says of the similarities between him and his character. “And of course I’ve got a crush on [costar] Meagan Good. That’s all real life.” The rest, Robinson says, is the imagination of writers and executive producers Mark and Robb Cullen.
Mr. Robinson walks the line between family friendly and really risqué. The lyrics to The Nasty Delicious’ “Chocolate Muffins” imply much more than baked goods. “My act is PG and R at the same time,” Robinson says of material inspired by his standup music/comedy performances. “It’s definitely adult, but I think when you bring music into the situation and jokes, it makes everything more palatable in terms of the family audience.”
While Mr. Robinson doesn’t have all the answers, it does address the age-old disciplinary dilemma that bedevils students: Do you take detention or do you take a dodgeball to the face? Robinson told us his choice, and he’s sticking by it: “Ball to the face! Ball shot to the face, no trouble. Boom! I’m good.”
Mr. Robinson premieres Wednesday, Aug. 5, with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9pm ET/PT.