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Breakout Alert: 'The Office''s Craig Robinson

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Craigrobinson_lAfter turning in one of summer’s best cameos as the bouncer in Knocked Up (“You old, she pregnant. Can’t have a bunch of old pregnant bitches running around”), Craig Robinson, aka Darryl from the warehouse on The Office, is branching out of the paper business. His 2008 slate includes no fewer than four movies, including July’s Step Brothers (from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay), August’s Pineapple Express (written by and starring Seth Rogen), and the now-filming Zach and Miri Make a Porno (starring Rogen, written and directed by Kevin Smith).

I think two things about this: 1. It’s always nice to see a little ethnic diversity in the white-dude comedy zeitgeist, and 2. This particular comedy zeitgeist is really starting to remind me of a very high-budget community theater project, where bit players resurface time and time again and are rewarded with ever-larger roles. I couldn’t be happier that Robinson’s taciturn stylings are going to be playing at my local cineplex with regularity. What about you? And what other supporting characters from the Apatow/Rogen/Office/FunnyorDie universes would you like to see break out?

Originally posted January 30 2008 — 2:01 PM EST

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