This past Wednesday I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite comedians perform. Ever since watching The Office, I had a soft spot for Craig Robinson. Even though he was playing a character, I knew I liked him.
I’m used to seeing typical stand up comedy routines. However, when Craig Robinson came out on stage and sat down at a piano something told me that I was going to be watching a different type of performance.
Craig brought a unique act because he incorporated music in his stand up (or in this case, sit down) routine. With the relaxed atmosphere, I almost felt as if I were at a cabaret show rather than a comedy show. But I say that in the best way possible because this mix of music and comedy really just clicked.
Another great thing about Craig’s performance is the fact that he incorporated the audience in his act. Many performers keep up the imaginary wall between the audience and stage. Craig on the other hand was not afraid to let audience members come up on stage to rap or have the homecoming court have a “twerk off” on stage.
His performance was natural and didn’t seem to be rehearsed at all. My favorite part of the evening had to be the Q&A at the end of the show where Craig answered audience questions. Even though there were 6,000 people in attendance, Craig made the CFE Arena seem like an intimate venue.
I sincerely hope that Craig Robinson comes back to Orlando because I would definitely pay to see him live. A perfect mix of comedy and music, heck, I’ll take it!