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Nick Offerman, Craig Robinson: Hats off to Cubs, Sox

March 05, 2012|RedEye

Misery loves company?

Or, more like, companies love celebrity pitchmen.

On Sunday evening, Craig Robinson of "The Office" tweeted a picture of himself with Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation" sporting White Sox and Cubs hats, respectively, while shooting a commercial for New Era.

Robinson's and Offerman's "deadpan" expressions certainly fit with what is expected from the Sox and Cubs this season, which is to say, "not much."

Why would New Era select these two funnymen to represent the Cubs and White Sox, you ask?

Well, let us drop some knowledge.

Robinson (@MrCraigRobinson) was born in Chicago and attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. He went to college at Illinois State and then got a master's at Saint Xavier University. His honed his comedic chops at Second City after a stint as a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School.

Offerman, who Robinson said has a Twitter account launching soon, grew up in the Chicago suburb of Minooka—like all Cubs fans, right?—and attended University of Illinois. He was involved in the Chicago theater scene at Steppenwolf, Goodman and Wisdom Bridge.

The more you know ...

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