Review: Craig Robinson at UH-Manoa
REVIEW BY JACQUELINE CARBERRY / firstname.lastname@example.org
Heavy rain didn’t keep a core group of fans away from Craig Robinson’s performance Friday at Andrews Amphitheater on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.
Robinson acknowledged the small crowd sitting in the rain with a query of “what the f–k are you doing here?” His cheerful, off-kilter sense of humor was front and center during the hour-long performance. Local opener Augie Tulba also got nearly an hour to perform material, a generous amount of time for an opening act. Also notable was that only a few minutes passed between the time Augie left and Robinson took the stage.
Best known for his role as Darryl on the TV show “The Office” and his roles in the “Hot Tub Machine” movie franchise, he heartily acknowledged random fans who yelled out “Darryl!” here and there and said it was a regular occurrence. On the other hand, when Robinson mentioned “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” the audience was much more quiet, with Robinson thanking the two or three people who cheered at its mention.
The UH-Manoa crowd was receptive to Robinson’s brand of humor, which was light-hearted and focused quite often on the subjects of romance and sex. The audience disregarded the inconvenience of bad weather, donning plastic ponchos handed out by Andrews Amphitheater staff.
Robinson, in addition to telling a few stories, showed his musical ability by incorporating songs from the past few decades and a keyboard into his act. He also brought a UH student on stage to sing a couple of songs, as well as hosted a freestyle battle between two audience members. He feigned shock when things got raunchy as the two rapped about their plans for later in the evening.
In all, it was an appreciative audience that relaxed in the rain and enjoyed Robinson’s zany sense of humor at UH-Manoa on Friday.