Coined one of the best-looking actor/writers ever (by his mom), Robert has appeared on TV, film, and stage and has written for both the screen and stage. (To view a résumé and headshots, click here.)
On TV, he co-starred in the series finale of the CW's Beauty and the Beast (playing Jamie, Cat's personal lawyer) and was featured as an improviser on two episodes of the hidden-camera series Giving You The Business. He was also a series regular on the award-wining Gay Nerds, which aired on OutTV in Canada and has received coverage in The New York Times and The Advocate, and on AfterElton.com and the Space Channel. Robert’s first TV break came in 2007, when he was selected at an open audition—from a crowd of over 1,000 sketch comedy hopefuls—to appear as one of eight finalists on The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend, a competition series that aired on the CBC network in Canada.
Robert got big laughs when he reprised his role as Ralphie in the virtually sold-out run of the stage adaptation of Gay Nerds at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival, which garnered rave reviews from critics, including 4 out 5 stars from torontoist.com. Robert also earned an award for his stand-up comedy at the 2012 Fresh Meat showcase at Toronto's Second City theatre (viewable here), which earned him a nomination for the prestigious Tim Sims award that year.
Robert has performed stand-up comedy in venues all over Canada and the United States. His tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating style has made him an audience favorite, and his not-so-secret obsession with Céline Dion has been put to good use through his uncanny impersonation of her, which he has performed at venues across North America, including at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Fest, NYC's Duplex Cabaret, and Montreal's Théâtre Ste-Catherine. Robert has also been featured on several radio programs, including segments on CBC Radio One, Radio Canada’s Première Chaîne, and Toronto's Proud FM.
Though known primarily as a comedic performer, Robert has also been featured in a number of dramatic works, both on stage and on screen, including: the A.R. Gurney play Children (Williamstown Theatre Festival 2009) with Tony-Award winner and star of Amazon's award-winning series Transparent, Judith Light; the dramatic short films The Light Bulb (2015) and Taken (2012); and the award-winning Green Room, an independent TV pilot that was an official selection of the 2009 New York Television Festival. He also recently wrapped production on his first dramatic short film as writer/producer/lead, Good Bi Kiss, which tells the story of a man and woman who are trying to move on from their failed relationship after his coming out as bisexual.
As a screenwriter, Robert's first pilot (for The Great Divide, a 30-minute single-camera comedy with a political theme) has received several accolades, including being selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Scriptapalooza TV writing competition (placing it in the top 3% of 405 pilots submitted) and the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition (putting in the top 8% of entries), and as a Quarter-Finalist in the Shore Scripts and CineStory screenwriting competitions. He is currently working on his next comedy pilot (Disrobed, which takes a satirical look at the behind-the-scenes dysfunction of a court TV show in the #MeToo era). He has developed treatments for several other original episodic TV comedies, and wrote a spec script (for Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Robert has also written and produced two comedic short films: The Job Interview, a scripted workplace comedy that was an Official Selection at the Burbank International Film Festival and Atlanta Shortsfest in 2016, and the recipient of an Honorable Mention from the One-Reeler Short Film Competition in 2017; and What Is Comedy?, a mockumentary, shot on location at the 2015 Just For Laughs comedy festival, which was an Official Selection at the 2016 TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Robert is also writing and producing a series of original comedy shorts that he stars in, which launched in April 2015 on his YouTube channel, the latest of which (What's Your Brand?) has over 35,000 views. And several years ago, Robert was hired to write jokes for a speech by Stephen Harper (Canada’s Prime Minister from 2006 to 2015) at Canada’s equivalent of the “White House Correspondents Dinner”.
Robert is also the co-playwright (with Yaakov Bressler) of Jung & Crazy—a dark, farcical one-act comedy about a woman dealing with anxiety and love (with a little help from the ghost of Carl Jung)—which had industry readings in Toronto, New York, and LA in 2017-18, and had its fully-staged world premiere at the 38th annual Edmonton Fringe festival in August 2019. The play received 3.5 (out of 5) stars from the Edmonton Journal, which said: “This screwball comedy is bolstered by performances from the two leads, Robert Keller and Julia Peterson... The two had great comic timing... [Jung & Crazy] is an entertaining play that may make you think about moments you wish had gone differently, or when you would have taken a different path.”
Before following his dream of performing, Robert earned a law degree from McGill University and miraculously got paid to do fancy lawyer stuff in New York and Toronto for several years. (Mostly, though, he was just surfing the internet.)