Keith Robinson (comedian)
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October 23, 1963 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
|Years active||1985 –present|
|Genres||Cringe humor, black comedy, satire, observational comedy|
|Subject(s)||Dating, men's rights, race relations, political correctness, professional sports|
Robinson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his teens, Robinson began cultivating his wit with his "back of the bus funny," subsequently working the comedy circuit in his hometown Philadelphia. In 1985 he competed on Ed McMahon's Star Search, and was a finalist but did not win.
Robinson performs regularly at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan, frequently as the emcee. He has had his own half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central. In 2012, Time Out New York named Robinson as one of the "21 New York comedy scene linchpins " He has several stories about his life in Philadelphia and his run-ins with the police.
Television and film appearances
Robinson was the announcer and sidekick on The Wanda Sykes Show. He gained significant exposure as a regular on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He has appeared on The Chelsea Lately Show on E!, the Opie and Anthony show and NBC's short-lived The Colin Quinn Show.
Some of Robinson's film credits include Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault, Diary of a Tired Black Man, Trainwreck and the stand-up comedy film Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain. He has also had appearances on MTV, VH1, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, the series Are We There Yet? and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Robinson has also been credited as a comedic writer, including on the sketch comedy series Chappelle's Show.
- "Star Search Finals".
- Rea, Steven (August 16, 1990). "Attacking Prejudice With Humor Keith Robinson, A Black Comedian Who Works Mostly White Rooms, Has Learned To Get His Message Across With Laughs". The Daily News Philadelphia. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
- Gibbs/Love, Ian/Matthew. "21 New York Comedy Scene Linchpins". Time Out New York. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- David Itzkoff (September 2, 2012). "Life Sends Lemons? Make Comedy". The New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2017.