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Born in New York, Robinson co-hosted a show called Monkey Butt Sex on a Manhattan Public-access television cable TV in the 1990s. Ocean MacAdams, an MTV vice-president, was a fan of the show in his college years and pulled strings to get Robinson a job at MTV in 1999, helped on by an appearance on the MTV show 12 Angry Viewers. Overweight and sporting a shaved head and numerous tattoos as well as being an outspoken fan of heavy metal, Robinson quickly distinguished himself with his blunt, no-nonsense approach to interviewing the pop stars of the day, later hosting his own show The Assignment with Iaan Robinson.
Robinson was also the drummer for Puny Human, a band he formed. Robinson also created MBS Productions with money given to him by his late father. Though no longer with the business it continues to run in New York City.
Since leaving MTV Robinson has written for various rock publications and websites, including the Boston Phoenix and Metal Sludge. In 2003-04 he wrote for the graffiti and art magazine Mass Appeal (NYC). He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 2005. As of 2011 Robinson is living in Cincinnati, OH. A longtime fan of comic books, he co-owns a comic publishing company called Isolation Disorder Press. Robinson wrote for a year for an online site called None Louder and currently writes for CraveOnline covering music, film and comics. Isolation Disorder Press has most recently become the subject of a documentary about Robinson and co-owner/creator Brian Smith, who is also in the band 4 Way Anal Touchfight. Robinson has also worked as a DJ on WBCN.
- Iann Robinson at the Internet Movie Database
- Iann Robinson archive at CraveOnline Retrieved December 20, 2012.
- Camille Dodero (July 1–7, 2005). "Iann Robinson Allston via MTV". News & Features. The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
- Iann Robinson News