Dr. David Robinson
Born in Chicago at the end of the tumultuous 60s, David Robinson has spent many years and traveled extensively in his never-ending quest to find the true essence of comedy. Robinson’s search has taken him deep into the recesses of his own mind, leading him to believe that “comedy is where you make it...” and the decision that he must dedicate his life to pointing out the humor in our otherwise tragic existence.
Though he had written song parodies to entertain friends and family throughout his youth, Robinson made his first significant mark on the cultural radar with two songs “Raining Needles” and “Wavin’ Gerbs” that were recorded by Chicago punk band Screeching Weasel for their self-titled demo, the latter an ode to the urban legends of the dangerous blend of beloved household pets and microwave ovens. Several years later he took to the airwaves on KCOU, a college radio station in Missouri, bringing his comedic talents and musical knowledge to a wider audience, with the creation of what ultimately became KCOU’s top-rated weekend morning show “Wake Up With Dave and Brent, Won’t You?” From there it wasn't long before his humor and talent led the improv comedy troupe Monkeywrench Gang to his doorstep with an invitation to join their ranks. Robinson not only joined the group, he eventually became one of the leaders of the group as their name changed to American Scream – which also led to a position teaching improv comedy at Stephens College’s esteemed Summer Theater Institute.
Making the jump into commercial radio, Robinson’s naturally smooth speaking voice and ability to imitate various celebrity voices brought him to the production studios of Columbia AM/FM. After an impromptu re-write of an ad for a local restaurant met with great praise and even greater laughter, Robinson became the comedic point man for Columbia AM/FM’s writing and production team, utilizing his vast knowledge of popular culture and comedic talents.
Fast forward several years to Los Angeles at the turn of the century when Robinson attended a comedy show in a West Hollywood basement and asked himself, “Why am I not doing this?” In the subsequent years, audiences in and around Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City have answered that rhetorical question with a resounding chorus of “Are we supposed to answer that or is it rhetorical?”