Tim Robinson (comedian)

Tim Robinson (born May 23, 1981) is an American actor, comedian, and writer best known for starring in the Netflix series I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson and the Comedy Central series Detroiters.[1][2] Prior to that, he was known for his work as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live.

Tim Robinson
Born (1981-05-23) May 23, 1981 (age 39)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Spouse(s)Heather Robinson

Life and careerEdit

Robinson is a native of the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.[2] He has performed at The Second City, iO Theater, and Just for Laughs.[2][3] He filmed a 2011 television pilot for Comedy Central called My Mans, but the show was not picked up by the network.[4][5] Robinson is a 2000 graduate of Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Michigan.[6][7] Robinson and his wife Heather have two children, a daughter and a son.[8]

On September 15, 2012, Robinson made his debut as a featured player on Saturday Night Live.[9][10][11] Prior to joining the cast of SNL, Robinson was cast as a series regular in the unaired CBS sitcom Friend Me. On September 15, 2013, it was announced that Robinson would work on the writing staff rather than continue being a cast member, making Tim Robinson the second cast member after Brian Doyle-Murray to go from featured player to staff writer, and the first SNL performer to become a writer after being cast only as a featured player. As a cast member, his celebrity impressions included Ben Bailey and Bill Cowher. Robinson also acted as the reoccurring character Carl, an elderly retail worker who would always get insulted by Niff (Bobby Moynihan) and Dana (Cecily Strong).

Robinson has appeared twice on late-night NBC talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers as Dale, who acts as host Seth Meyers' "emergency sidekick." Robinson's first appearance was on the February 28, 2014 episode, during the "Next Week's News" sketch, and his second appearance was on the April 8, 2014 episode, during the "Celebrity Drunk Texts" sketch.

In 2016, he wrote and starred in his own 30-minute episode of the sketch show Netflix Presents: The Characters.[12]

Robinson is also the co-creator and co-star of Detroiters, along with fellow Detroit native Sam Richardson. The show premiered on Comedy Central on February 7, 2017.

In April 2017, Robinson guest starred on Fox's Making History as Al Capone.

In 2018, Netflix green-lit a sketch-comedy series created by and starring Robinson, and produced by The Lonely Island.[13] In April 2019, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson premiered on Netflix.[14][15][16][17][18]The series has been green lit for a second season scheduled to release in 2020.


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Friend Me Sully Unaired pilot
2012–2014 Saturday Night Live Various Cast member and writer
2013–2014 The Awesomes Various 2 episodes
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Al Sorbinstein Episode: "Craig Robinson Wears a Bordeaux Button Down & Dark Jeans"
2015–2019 Documentary Now! Young Barnabas Scott / Rick Kenmore 2 episodes
2016 The Characters Various Episode: "Tim Robinson"
2017 Man Seeking Woman Paranormal Investigator Episode: "Popcorn"
Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Chef Roy
Making History Al Capone 2 episodes
2017–2018 Detroiters Tim Cramblin 20 episodes
2019 I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Various 6 episodes
Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell Lip Licker Episode: "Five-Card Duds"
Our Cartoon President Brett Kavanaugh (voice) 2 episodes


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  2. ^ a b c "Tim Robinson". Saturday Night Live. NBC. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Sean L. (September 7, 2012). "From Second City to SNL: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson set to join cast of Saturday Night Live". The Comic's Comic.
  4. ^ Thomas, Mike (September 10, 2012). "'SNL' hires three new actors, all trained in Chicago". Chicago Sun-Times.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 7, 2012). "NBC Near Deals for Two New 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Members". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ "Michigan native joins 'Saturday Night Live' cast in Saturday season-opener". Detroit Free Press. September 10, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Laine, Chris (September 13, 2012). "Clarkston grad Tim Robinson newest addition to 38th season of 'Saturday Night Live'". The Source. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "History - Alumni". The Second City. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  9. ^ Levin, Gary (September 10, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' adds three new cast members". USA Today.
  10. ^ Yahr, Emily (September 10, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' adds three new cast members". The Washington Post.
  11. ^ Wezerek, Gus (December 14, 2019). "The 'S.N.L.' Stars Who Lasted, and the Ones Who Flamed Out". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 14, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019. Some of the names here will be familiar only to die-hard fans; others, like Murphy, defined what was funny for generations of viewers.
  12. ^ Rose, Lacey (February 1, 2016). "Netflix Orders Innovative Sketch Series 'The Characters' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Netflix Brings Back 'Detroiters' Co-Star Tim Robinson In A Zany Comedy Series". DeadlineDetroit.
  14. ^ Hoepfner, Fran (April 25, 2019). "Tim Robinson's Netflix Sketch Show Is Comedy Perfection". Vulture.
  15. ^ Han, Karen (April 24, 2019). "The best way to spend 15 minutes on Netflix: Tim Robinson's new sketch show". Polygon.
  16. ^ Travers, Ben (April 23, 2019). "'I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson' Review: Netflix's Demented Sketch Show Is Pretty Great". IndieWire.
  17. ^ Nero, Dom. "The New Golden Era of Sketch Comedy Embraces Diverse Voices and Weirdness". Esquire.
  18. ^ Fox, Jesse David. "I Think You Should Leave's 'Focus Group' Sketch: An Oral History". Vulture. Retrieved December 17, 2019.

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