Former Saturday Night Live writer and producer Robert Smigel uses animal puppets to say and do the lewdest things. His most infamous creation is Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog, who made a name for himself "pooping" on guests of Late Night With Conan O'Brian.
Triumph the Comic Insult Dog's bark may be worse than his bite: The canine puppet has been mocking Hollywood celebrities for over a decade now. Robert Smigel, Triumph's creator, talks about the furry late-night fixture and his other comedy projects.
Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx are the songwriting team behind the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Avenue Q. Featuring both people and puppets, the subversive show is about a group of aimless, 30-somethings with low expectations and active libidos. Avenue Q includes such songs as "It Sucks to be Me," "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist," "If You Were Gay," and "I Wish I could Go Back to College." The new companion book, Avenue Q: The Book, is covered in bright orange fur. This interview originally aired on Aug. 2, 2004.
This weekend, Saturday Night Live devote 90 minutes to a collection of Robert Smigel's TV Funhouse shorts. Those satirical cartoons featured gags such as the Ambiguously Gay Duo and X-Presidents. Smigel wrote for SNL from 1985-1993, and he was the original head writer/producer for Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
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The comedic creation of Robert Smigel, the puppet with a cigar and an acerbic wit appears on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Triumph has also appeared on Hollywood Squares and on the MTV Video Music Awards, where one year he almost came to blows with Eminem. (Rebroadcast from Nov. 20, 2003.)
Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx are the songwriting team behind the 2004 Tony award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q (which won Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical). Their subversive show features people and puppets and is about a group of aimless 30-somethings with low expectations and active libidos. It includes such songs as It Sucks to be Me, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist, If You Were Gay, and I Wish I could Go Back to College.
Saturday Night Live cartoonist Robert Smigel. He’s created such popular segments as The Ambiguously Gay Duo, and Fun with Real Audio. Smigel is no stranger to SNL or comedy TV. He was a writer for Saturday Night Live from 1985-93.