Robert Smigel Talks Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s 2020 Election Plans and SNL’s Trump Problem

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When I ask Robert Smigel if he can believe he’s been making poop jokes with a dog puppet for 23 years, he replies, “Wow. No, I can’t.” 

The New York City-born comedian debuted Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1997 and since then it has been the most consistently hilarious presence in a career that has included multiple stints writing for Saturday Night Live and bit parts in the films of friends like Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow, including this year’s The King of Staten Island

“It’s the most stressful thing I do in my career,” Smigel admits of Triumph on this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast. “And unfortunately the most successful. But it’s not really my nature. It’s my nature to push boundaries and bite the hand that feeds me. But for me to be physically confrontational, that is not me at all.” 

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