Craig Robinson, of NBC s "The Office," performs in Denver tonight through Saturday.
Mitchell Haaseth
Craig Robinson, of NBC s “The Office,” performs in Denver tonight through Saturday.

The only occasion the grossly overused phrase “that’s what she said” is acceptable these days is when a castmember of NBC’s “The Office” mouths it.

Craig Robinson, who plays Dunder Mifflin warehouse boss Darryl Philbin on the Thursday night sitcom, only had a few minutes to talk Tuesday, so I had to “jump right in.”

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Who: Craig Robinson

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver

Cost: $27-$32

“That’s what she said,” Robinson immediately said.

Robinson, who starred in “Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Pineapple Express” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” comes to Denver to perform at Comedy Works Thursday through Saturday.

Robinson had a late start in comedy, following a stint at teaching elementary school in Chicago.

“Comedy was a place I could find who I was,” Robinson said. “I enjoy that people don’t know that I’ve been doing standup for a while. They come in thinking, ‘He’s an actor trying to do standup’ — and then bam! Oh my gosh, they’re laughing.”

Robinson has played the affable Darryl since 2005, along with various funnyman parts in films and television. “Hot Tub Time Machine,” co-starring John Cusack and Rob Corddry, marked Robinson’s first lead role in film.

The comedian said he recognized the importance of modern comedy when he was recently tapped to host this summer’s return of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” He said a slew of “phenomenal comics” couldn’t even make the cut.

“There’s a new appreciation for comedy,” Robinson said. “It’s an art form that’s not going anywhere anytime soon.”

Robinson said he owes much of his career advancement to his exposure on “The Office.”

“It’s awesome. Working with the cast is as great as you probably imagine it,” Robinson said. “Everybody is cool. To be featured on ‘The Office’ has already boosted my career. I consider it my big break.”

He said Darryl will remain at Dunder Mifflin as long as they’ll have him — or until they have to pry his “cold, dead hands off the set,” he said, laughing.

Besides comedic acting and voicing for animation — including the last installment of “Shrek” — Robinson also holds a slightly lesser known talent for music. He’s a member of a nine-piece funk band, Nasty Delicious, which has played with Jack Black’s Tenacious D.

At his standup gigs, he often comes equipped with a keyboard — which will be on hand in Denver — and a strong voice that has been known to belt out tunes like Radiohead’s “Creep.”

Of all Robinson’s talents, he said he really enjoys performing standup.

“It’s all entertainment,” Robinson said. “My favorite is when I get to show some heart and some sincerity in what I do. But with standup, I get to get in front of people and act a fool.”

And expect a fool this weekend, he said.

“It’s going to be silly and silly,” Robinson said. “Get your silly hat on. Denver is going to have a blast. Look forward to old and stale, baby.”

That’s what she said.