Ever since he burst onto the scene in 2019 with his hit sketch show, Tim Robinson has become the reigning king of offbeat comedy, a one-man meme machine whose face took over all our feeds. (Also: yelling—so much yelling.) But behind the surreal, over-the-top characters that he plays, the real Tim Robinson is a low-key dad with two kids—a guy best understood when you strip away all but the essential, unvarnished facts:
1 – Tim Robinson was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. His mom worked for Chrysler, and his dad worked in construction.
2 – He loves the Lions and the Pistons. Tim’s favorite athlete of all time is Pistons legend Rasheed Wallace.
3 – Tim is big into skateboarding and still tries to get out there regularly. His favorite skater growing up was Daewon Song. “He’s a ripper,” Tim says. Oh, and Tim’s favorite skate trick? The frontside flip. “It feels really good to land,” he says. “The older I get, the harder it is. So when I can get one, I feel great.”
4 – Tim is deeply claustrophobic, but it wasn’t always this way. His fear of confined spaces used to be manageable, easier to mitigate around his friends and loved ones, but the phobia has only gotten more pronounced as he’s gotten older. Now, at 42, he has “a hard time sitting in the back seat of a car that doesn’t have four doors” and is resistant to anything involving a harness or “like, over-the-shoulder stuff.” The mere suggestion of immobility fills Tim with terror. One of the most frightening moments of his life occurred shortly after he first moved to Los Angeles and he went on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios. Tim was buckled into a makeshift pew, and the sides obstructed his peripheral vision; he could fix his gaze only forward. Midway through, the ride stopped, and as Tim sat there suspended, frozen in his own body, his brain went into a tailspin.
“And your mind is just like, You can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move, you can’t move,” Tim remembers. “And then you’re like, Well, if I tried to…what would happen?”